the Good Stuff

So today is Thanksgiving. A day for eating! Turkey! Cranberry sauce! STUFFING!! But also- a day to remember all the wonderful things in our lives. And us? We have a lot to be thankful for this year.

It’s been a rough year for so many of the people we love (but hooray for stories with Super Happy Endings!). Family members who are sick, friends who are hurting from broken marriages or lost jobs or lost homes, an overall 2009-Recession-Itis that has most people a bit down in the dumps. So I think it’s more important than ever to focus on the good in our lives- even it’s just the little things- and realize that none of us really deserves a single good thing we have. We are given everything from God as a blessing.

When we’re given something good, it is a gift. And I am incredibly thankful for all of our gifts.

The Good Stuff for us:

We have an awesome family. Sure, we have a few Nuts thrown in there, and we have our share of family Drama now and then, but really that’s what makes it interesting, right? Both sides of the family- mine and Dan’s- are close-knit and even if some of us don’t live nearby and might only get together once every few years, there is still so much love and respect and knowing we can count on each other. I, personally, am blessed with a fantastic set of in-laws (yeah, go ahead, HATE ME.) and I’m pretty sure Dan would agree. Maggie has the best grandparents we could ever ask for, seriously. And it’s an incredible comfort to know that no matter what happens in our lives- good or bad- we have somewhere to turn for celebration or a hug.

And they’re all good cooks, too. Which comes in handy for times like Thanksgiving!

I love my job. I never ever would have imagined 5 years ago when I decided to put together an (extremely pathetic, kinda hideous-in-retrospect) online portfolio of my website design work that soon I’d be making a decent living doing something I would do for free (plus: PAJAMAS for my uniform!). It was a time of desperation for me- I was growing to hate my current job- and I knew I needed to figure out a Plan B for myself. Fast forward 5 years (!) and here I am, full-time-Mom, nearly full-time-Web Designer. It’s not always easy balancing things, and poor Dan has to talk me off of ledges now and then when I deal with crazy clients and seemingly-impossible deadlines, but my job gives me incredible flexibility with being a mom to Maggie and I am so thankful for that. And this year, more than any other year, has been a good one, financially-speaking. I am so lucky to have found success at something I love to do, and I am so excited to see what else is in store for me there.

Thirteen years ago I met my best friend, and now I’m married to him. And I gave birth to his daughter. If that’s not something to be thankful for, I don’t know what is. My husband is the best. He makes me laugh; he has never EVER made me cry (seriously. NEVER. unless you count laughing until I cry, which he has done many times.) He’s an extremely hard worker. He lets me sleep in on Saturdays and makes Maggie her breakfast. He might leave his socks laying around or forget to get the mail FOR A WEEK, and he’s not much of a cook, but he makes up for it. He’s a fantastic dad to Maggie. He will play with her for HOURS, wrestling and giggling and reading books and playing cards and coloring and just the other night, he watched A Bug’s Life with her on the couch without complaint. He almost always gives her a bath and lets me take a break for a bit (even if I do spend it working sometimes!)

I am so incredibly thankful that I found someone that just fits. (That’s what she said.) (I also love that he’d giggle at that, too.) He’s my cheerleader. He was nothing but supportive when I announced I was quitting my job to freelance full time. He’s my sounding board for everything- work stuff, parenting stuff, family stuff. He’s a good listener, and he gives good advice without being obnoxious about it. He gets my stupid jokes (and I get his, too) and he always calls to tell me when he’ll be home from work.

And he’s cute, so that’s nice too. And he puts up with me watching Gilmore Girls every day.

The biggest ‘Thing’ (as in, material Things) we’re thankful for this year is our new house. You have no idea how amazed and grateful we are that we found this place. It’s been 3 months and we still every once in a while are all, Seriously? We LIVE here? You’re JOKING. The house itself is wonderful- it has just about everything we had on our Wish List, including the 3-car garage, the school district we NEVER thought we’d get into, and the nice backyard. (No money tree back there, but I guess we can overlook that.) But the neighborhood is also fantastic- I’ve said before how happy we are with our neighbors, and I mean it. It’s comfortable and friendly and I didn’t realize how much we lacked that in our old house until we moved. We are blessed. Blessed with space, blessed with beautiful hardwood floors and big windows and a PINK ROOM! (for Maggie, of course) and blessed with the finances (and good credit!) to be able to upgrade to the bigger place when we wanted to do it. So thankful for all of it.

More than anything, I think, I’m thankful that I’m a mom. Maggie’s mom, to be specific. This kid, she amazes me. I can hardly remember when she was a newborn because now she’s just SO Kid-like. Telling stories and playing jokes and giggling and READING WORDS and making up songs and giving kisses and throwing tantrums and saying I love you. I cherish our days at home together, just the two of us, hanging out in our pajamas, playing games or getting dressed and running errands. Doesn’t matter what we do, we (usually) have fun. It won’t always be this way, I know- she’ll grow up, we’ll (hopefully) have another kid, things will change. But for now, I’m thankful to be Just Maggie’s Mom.

She’s definitely part of the Good Stuff.

many faces of Maggie: HAPPY


  1. Kellybeans

    November 26, 2009 10:08 am

    What a great post! Blessed indeed. Happy thanksgiving!

  2. Stefanie

    November 26, 2009 12:27 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!!
    .-= Stefanie’s last blog post: The German Army Wife – Part 2. =-.

  3. red pen mama

    November 27, 2009 8:25 am

    What a sweet, sweet post. And how amazing you remember that good things are not (just) luck and hard work, but God’s grace.

    Hope you had a great day yesterday!


  4. Cassie

    November 27, 2009 10:12 am

    I hope you had a great holiday with your family! :)
    .-= Cassie’s last blog post: I like food. Alot. Probably too much. =-.

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