Thankful for a husband who stays up late with his daughter, even on work nights. Who works hard to provide for his family. Who often works 10 hour days because he cares about his job and he cares about his family. A husband who cares about me as a human being AND a wife. A husband who is fair and logical and determined to succeed. Who selflessly creates a worshipful space, but who often forgets about his own need for worship and sanctuary.
Thankful for a daughter who is healthy. For a daughter who is safe and at home with me. For a daughter who is curious and independent, despite her stubborn tantrums. Who explores outside and isn’t afraid to get dirty. Who has a love for music and animals. A daughter who is brave, sensitive, clingy, independent, A daughter who is easier than I deserve. For a daughter who asks me if I’m okay after she falls down. For a daughter who is a perfect blend of her father and myself. For a daughter.
Thankful for a family who is there for my family no matter what. For FaceTime calls, free babysitters, family time, good conversations, holiday meals, playtime with cousins, lifetime memories, unconditional love.
Thankful for a best friend who is there for me, literally, no matter what. A friend who I never asked for or deserved, but who I was blessed with anyways. A friend who loves unconditionally, listens compassionately, and who gives of herself over and over and over again. A lifetime friend that has proven her friendship through thick and thin and has stayed steady, constant, and loyal.
Thankful for a job where I feel fulfilled. Thankful for administration that uplifts, encourages, and enables me to be the best version of myself. Thankful for teachers that inspire me to try new things, teachers that encourage on long days, teachers that stand in solidarity. Thankful for students that are kind, open, willing to try new things, who give their best even on long days. For students that take selfies on my phone when I’m not looking. For students who have moved on and still stay in touch to tell me about their lives. For students who are now friends. For students who remind me daily of why I chose teaching.
Thankful for a body that is healthy and allows me to be a good wife and mother. Thankful for a home that has everything that I need. A home that is safe and warm during the winter months. A home where I can cook and provide dinners for family and friends. A home that has a couch to snuggle with dogs at the end of the day. Thankful for a bed, a shower, food in the fridge.
Thankful for a childhood that allowed me to feel secure. That provided me with a safe space to learn and grow. A childhood that was steady and sure. A childhood that was positive with no great traumas or losses. A childhood that taught me to be a kind, compassionate, patient human who loves people no matter who they are, their circumstances, the color of their skin, where they are from, their religion, their sex, their sexual orientation, their political party, their age, their socio-economic status.
Thankful for the people who have come before me and set an example on how to be a good wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, teacher, human being.
Thankful for a season that reminds me to be thankful.