Over the last week, I've seen many friends posting daily Facebook updates with what they're thankful for that day. I love this idea, but I don't think it needs to just be limited to the month of Thanksgiving. So my plan is to post my "thanks" here every Sunday. So for November so far....
November 1 - I am thankful for our wonderful local library, especially Miss Marsha, who makes Liam so excited about attending storytime every week.
November 2- I am thankful for Bryn's teachers, who are so fun and creative and gave her a great birthday celebration in class today.
November 3- I am thankful for my sweet Bryn Elizabeth, who is 7 years old today. I am thankful for my wonderful husband Ben, who shares this parenting journey with me. I am thankful for fun times that our family spends together. And I am thankful for our friends Andrea and Rob and their kids Hannah and Hailey, who made the drive up from Indy to celebrate Bryn's birthday with us!
November 4- I am thankful for spending time with dear friends, including Andrea, Rob, Cathy, Kathleen, Leah, Kevin, and Katrina, all of whom brought their kids to celebrate Bryn's birthday with us at camp today. I am also especially thankful for Mel, Mike, Meg, and Alex, camp counselors extraordinaire, who selflessly donate their afternoons to leading songs and skits at Bryn's birthday party. Love you all!
November 5- I am thankful for good books and the time that I get to spend reading.
November 6- I am thankful for the right to vote. I am thankful for my healthy baby boy Aiden, who had a great check-up today, and my husband Ben, who took him to it so I could watch the other kids. I am also thankful for sweet little Molly (who I babysit), who is 1 year old today!
November 7- I am thankful for the 11 girls (and 3 sisters) who are in my Girl Scout troop. They are all so sweet and so much fun to work with!
November 8- I am thankful for my wonderful husband, who watched the kids all day today so that I could take a day "off" to drive down to Indy and play with friends all day. I am thankful for my friend Jill and her beautiful little girl Josie. I am thankful for my friends Andrea and Carrie, for Chinese takeout, and for girl time (including watching "Glee"!). I am thankful for Derek and Chris, for pollo a la crema and chips and queso, and for great conversations and laughter. I am thankful for Book Club, for Amy, Cathy, Kristin, and Nicole, and for being able to pick up right where I left off with these friends.
November 9- I am thankful for Ben, who took care of the kids while I went to the dermatologist today. I am so, so thankful that the doctor no longer thinks that the spot on my face is cause of concern. I am thankful for our friends Jeff and Christine, and being able to share a delicious dinner and a night of great conversation with them. And I am thankful for Ben (again!), who cleaned and bandaged my mole-removal wounds so that I wouldn't have to look at them.
November 10- I am thankful for a night out with my husband Ben, for actually having time to talk uninterrupted. I am thankful for our camp family (Tom and Katrina, Luke and Jamie, Ben and Amie, Mary Anne, Keith, Drew, Scott, Ivan and Tara, and Joel and Renee), all of whom played with our kids tonight to enable Ben and I to have a night out.
November 11- I am thankful for my dad and my mom, who brought me into this world 34 years ago. I am thankful for my sweet husband Ben, who gave me a wonderful birthday weekend, and our four amazing children, especially Shay, who has been showering me with love and attention all day long. I am thankful for the many, many friends who have sent me birthday wishes today and made me feel so loved.