I thankful for my husband who is sweet, gentle and funny and for how great of a father he is. It is his devotion to me and the kids that makes my heart pound with love and joy.
I'm so grateful for the two beautiful babies I have been blessed with. McKayla constantly amazes me and makes me laugh. She has such a caring nature and it makes me soar when she wants to take care of "Brudder" by feeding him, holding him, covering him with a blanket or checking on him when he's fussy. It is amazing to me the level a compassion and caring that a 2 year old can possess, of course, two minutes later she'll be pulling the toy he was holding out of his hand!
I can't even begin to enumerate the ways that I'm thankful that I have Landon, and his extra little chromosome, in my life. I'm definitely grateful that he has been an easy baby to take care of! But, I'm also appreciative of everything that it means to have a child with "special needs". The education and reality that folks with disability are just people with abilities who care, love and feel just as every one else does. The new friends, a wonderful group of families linked by that extra chromosome, that have become a source of information, support and, well, fun! The fact that I have an infant educator to help show me how to enhance his development. But, most of all, I'm grateful for every little smile that lights up Landon's little face, that lights up mine.
My eyes well up with tears when I think of how truly thankful I am that my circle of family and friends has fully embraced Landon as he is, with no question, with no judgement. He is appreciated for who he is and not seen as different.
I don't think I'll ever be able to express how thankful I am for my parents and all they have done and still do for me, though I'm sure they know that I now realize their wisdom, being a parent myself.
I owe much gratitude to the rock in my life, Debby. I often feel that I don't reciprocate the level of boundless friendship as bestowed upon me, but she is there for me everyday, for everything.
I am also thankful for the wealth of friends that I have been blessed with. I'm truly fortunate for all of the wonderful people that are part of my life. I thank you all and wish you a happy, wonderful Thanksgiving!