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Thankful For The Present

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In the spirit of reflecting on gratitude and giving thanks for all the wonderful things in life I’m writing this personal post about thankfulness.

Too often do we put focus on things that we want and not take the time to really appreciate the wonderful things we have already achieved and the beautiful things and beautiful people we already have in our life.

Everyday, but this week especially I’ve been reflecting on what an incredible year it has been.  My life has completely changed in the past twelve months.  We started this year as two and now we are three.  There have been so many ups and downs and we have crossed huge emotional hurdles and evolved to be better and more fulfilled people. Today and this Thanksgiving I’m reflecting on gratitude and how beautiful life is when you stop and take a moment to enjoy what you already have.

This year I’m so grateful to how far we have come.  Every year I hold a “meeting” with my husband to talk about what the purpose of the year is.  Sometimes our conversation leads to the determination that it it a work hard year to accomplish a big goal(s) year.  Sometimes it’s a year to bring a you a few steps closer to another year’s goal.  Other years have been and will be fun years.  In the past among those fun years was getting married and traveling.  This was a work hard to accomplish big goals year.  We have improved our work situations, made many personal gains and grown our family by a beautiful little girl.  This year has been about hard work, endurance and love.  I am so thankful for all of this.  Just as it is important to reflect on what we have, it’s important to acknowledge what we’ve done.  I’m so proud of the hard work we have done and I take into appreciation all the hours and sacrifices spent.  I am very thankful for having such a loving and grounded partner who values the big things I do.  With common goals we orient ourselves for the big missions of the year.  So much of the love and happiness we have in our home is created by the teamwork and pillars of support we give each other.  Our home wouldn’t be the same without my husband.  We offer each other sanity when one of us is losing it and assistance when the other needs it most.  Love with thoughtfulness gives the other balance in order to keep the ship running smoothly.  Too often do we overlook the patience and self restraint of the other people in our lives.  So I want to take this time to give a shoutout to the man in my life.  Miguel you are a strong, kind, pillar of love and patience in our family.  You give me and Lily Rose the elements we are missing and you’re so involved in our little girl’s life.  You are the father I always wanted for my child. We both love you more than we can ever express and we appreciate what you do every single day.  Through what seems like a tiredness that just does not wane away, you bring so much happiness and laughter to our home that we forget what is hard.  In our short family moments together we forget all that is troublesome and live knowing that being together is all we really need.  When we’re together it feels like there is nothing else we should want or need because your love fills our life.  Miguel, you’re a super daddy and we love you forever.

Growing our family has been the most beautiful accomplishment I could have ever hoped for.  It is a life long journey and those difficult moments give color and appreciation to the the sweet moments.  Everything seems to be flying by in the blink of an eye.  This year seems like the shortest year I’ve remembered.  Maybe because there are so many things happening that it makes time rush.  No matter what the truth is behind time, I vow to keep working hard but also to enjoy life and be here in the present loving the life I have created.  I give thanks to all that we have.

I’m a great believer in making your own happiness and your own life.  If you work hard for the life you want, being determined and persevering will give you a life that brings you happiness.

“Great things happen to those who don’t stop believing, trying, learning, and being grateful” -Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

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