This year, I’m thankful for so many people and I’m afraid I may forget someone.
Anyways, here goes:
- I’m so grateful for my parents, for so many reasons but especially (this year) for being so supportive while I try to make ends meet and raise my son thousands of miles away. And also for showing me what it means to love unconditionally. They are by far the most awesome grandparents to my son whose love for them grows as he does.
- I’m thankful for my sister and her boys for sharing their stories with me and making me realize how lucky I am to have little ones in my life that are not my own. It’s amazing how much love there is to go around.
- I’m grateful to the father of my child. For being a constant in my son’s life and for truly being the best dad a little boy could hope for.
- I am indebted to my son’s teachers, both his current teachers and those who have taught him in the past, for encouraging him, inspiring him and guiding him. He has learned to read, write and love numbers with as much confidence as a superhero and I am blessed that they are there to teach my son respect by giving it in equal measures.
- I’m thankful for my clients for allowing me to share my experiences and expertise with co-parenting issues and for allowing me into their homes and hearts. They each teach me as much as I teach them.
- I’m so thankful for Mr. Right, my best friend. He’s been there for me over twelve years and I appreciate how supportive, loving and funny he is. He continues to impress me and has me falling in love all over again each time we talk.
- I’m ever so blessed to have met some pretty amazing friends over the last few years that also continue to be a major support system to me. I’ve made some pretty amazing friends through my son’s school who invite us to play dates, carpool (because they too love playing chauffeur) and who love my son as if he was their own. (I love your kids too!)
- I’m thankful for the many friends and contacts I’ve made on-line and through social networking. I’ve learned so much about you and your families that I think of you as a part of mine. Thank you for letting me into your lives and allowing me to be a part of yours.
- I’m ever so grateful for my friends back home and spread around the country who make time to catch up with me when we are in the same state. It’s rare that we get a chance to spend time together, but they always embrace me with open arms and we go right back to where we were ten, or fifteen years ago.
I am grateful to you, for reading and for continuing to support me just by showing up. I hope you are able to spend some quality time this weekend with the ones you love, whether it’s face-to-face, over the phone or in spirit.
Hugs to you and your family and cheers to another wonderful year of minutes and moments to be thankful for.
Happy Healthy Hip Parenting
Peace Begins in the Home