Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving today in the US, so I thought we could all share things we're thankful for. I'll start:

  • I'm extremely thankful that I have my health and my two sons.
  • I'm thankful that the worst of the divorce is over, and now we're just waiting for the final decree from the court system.
  • I'm thankful that I live in a time and place in which I could get a divorce, and not be walking through life merely surviving as so many women have (had) to.
  • I'm thankful that I'm safe, and will be able to pay my rent and food next month, and have some left over to buy coffee and popcorn.
  • I'm thankful for all of you! And I wish you all enough sleep and enough money to pay your rent/mortgages, and safety, physically and emotionally.
  • I'm thankful that as you read this I'm probably eating a cupcake with my brother and his amazing fiancee who I can't wait to be sisters with.
  • I'm thankful that my mom and dad (and two grandmothers!) are alive and mostly healthy and are getting to know my sons.
  • I'm thankful that we're all still here. This year has been a doozy, both personally and on a world scale.

Now you.

37 thoughts on “Thanksgiving”

  1. I’m thankful for my husband and son and the fact that a neighbor gave us tickets to the Mayor’s stand for today’s Thanksgiving parade.I’m thankful for the fact that my husband has taken over the cooking with gusto and prepared all of our offerings for Thanksgiving dinner.
    I’m thankful for my new job – that I’m doing work I love, in a pleasant supportive atmosphere. I’m thankful for all the members of my entering class – for their willingness to help each other out, for their amazing senses of humor and camaraderie.
    I’m thankful to be looking forward to 4 days where I don’t have to get on a train or a bus.

  2. I’m thankful for so many things including a truly wonderful husband, a delightful 19 month old and a baby on the way.However, what I’m most thankful for this morning is a washing machine and indoor plumbing. My toddler has been vomiting.
    I used to work with people with AIDS in rural Africa – being sick is so much easier when you havge things like running water, toilet paper, painkillers, and clean sheets.
    (no, I’m not comparing a toddler tummy bug with full blown AIDS. You get my point!)

  3. I am thankful that I have finished washing all the dishes!Thursday 27th has just ended here…we are in Oz but my partner is American and its his favourite holiday so we celebrate Thanksgiving anyway!~ I am thankful for my two AMAZING babies!
    ~ I am thankful for my partner, even though I haven’t shown it much lately.
    ~ I am thankful that just recently we have re-connected with some family who I really want my children to know.
    ~ I am thankful that I live in a beautiful part of the world, where I feel safe, with wonderful people. And hope that one day everyone, everywhere gets to feel that.
    ~ I am thankful that my darling parents live five minutes away so I could use their oven this evening while mine was having a moment!
    ~ I am thankful that I finally found you! Three years ago would have saved me on many occasions…ahh better late than never!
    The list goes on…..Happy Turkey Day!! Ohhh I wish I were in Portland…VERY jealous of you all!

  4. I am thankful for my mental health, which isn’t perfect, but is much, much better.And of course for my sweet, sweet baby, my husband, and my special kitty! (Yes, I mentioned my cat.)

  5. I am thankful for a wonderful husband, a delightful almost-2-year-old, and a healthy pregnancy (18 weeks and counting!). I’m also thankful that my parents are in good health and live close enough to really be a part of our lives. Growing up, I didn’t know my grandparents and I’m so happy my daughter and her sibling(s) will have the opportunity to know theirs.And finally, I’m thankful I live in a place where my family and I don’t live in constant fear for our safety.

  6. I’m thankful that, while we are no longer able to afford to live in our beautiful house, we are still able to own it and rent it out. I’m thankful for the possibility that house provides for us in the future….whatever that might look like. And I’m thankful we found a house that will fit all of us (husband, 3 year old, 2 large dogs, and baby due in February) and most of our stuff. I’m even thankful that we are able to leave a lot of our stuff in boxes in the garage. And while our commute has probably tripled, at least we have two comfortable cars and off-street parking. (I’m also thankful gas prices have gone down a bit too!)I’m thankful the worst we’ve had to deal with health-wise is pretty much a common virus that all of our bodies are dealing with in their own way, in their own time.
    I’m thankful for my parents. Each and every day. They help us out so much. And for the relationship Alex is able to have with them – which is the one I had with my grandparents, so I know how special it is and how much he will treasure his time with them. (and also for the example set by my grandparents, which really created our family model of involved grandparents, which I plan to continue.)
    A healthy pregnancy at 30 weeks and counting…….despite all the drama, moving, emotional stuff that has been most of October and November. And for this Future Boy….whoever he turns out to be.
    I’m thankful for Alex’s school, which is filled with amazing teachers, great kids and parents, and wonder and enrichment on a scale I could never provide for him at home.
    I’m grateful for my job – it doesn’t pay a lot, but the health benefits are good and solid, and I have job security. I don’t need to worry about getting laid off.
    Lastly, I’m grateful for my mom’s stuffing, which I will begin to eat today around 10 AM and not stop until I close my eyes tonight to sleep.

  7. i am thankful for hope.i am thankful for change. that things change. people change and i change.
    i am thankful for the wisdom of this country’s Founding Fathers. the check and balance system we have in this democracy. the freedoms too numerous to list; and the choices we have.

  8. I am thankful for my wonderful husband and my bright sweet one-year-old boy and for my kitty. I’m thankful for their presence in my lives, for their health, and for the abundant love they all have for me and for each other.I’m thankful for the most amazing friends, who have made this past year with my first baby so much easier than it otherwise would have been.
    I’m thankful for our families, who give love and support in the best way they know how–and I’m thankful for my realization that just because some people have a very different way of showing that love doesn’t mean it’s not just as real.
    I’m thankful for the hope and change I think I see coming to this country.

  9. I am thankful mostly for my caring, funny and all around wonderful husband, and for my two incredible 20 month old boys, who I thought would never be. I am thankful for the warm fire I’m sitting next to, the friends we’re going to share a meal with in a few hours. I’m thankful for the beautiful place I live in, even the rain, and all the bounty it produces. I’m thankful for my parents, for being healthy and for getting back together after 15 years, and for my brother, who I hope will some day make some cousins for the boys. Finally, I’m thankful for the choice Americans made on November 4th.Happy Thanksgiving all!

  10. i’m thankful every day with every fiber of my being for my baby. even when he’s screeching, even when i’m frustrated, even when he wakes up 6 times a night for no apparent reason. he came so *so* close to not being here.i’m thankful for my mama and brother and his wife, for my daddy & his family. i’m thankful for my cat (i guess nobody here has dogs!). i’m thankful to live in a beautiful place. i’m thankful for the opportunity to pursue interesting hobbies. i’m thankful for the new man in my life when i thought love was never never going to happen for me again.
    i’m thankful for stuffin’ muffins – you take dressing and bake it in muffin tins. my whole family is nuts for the crunchy edges, and that was mama’s solution.

  11. I’m thankful for my amazing 2-year-old and all that she can now do for herself. (Demanding nap time? MY CHILD? Thankful doesn’t even begin to cover it.)I’m thankful that I am fortunate enough to be able to whine about the discomforts of being 38 weeks pregnant.
    Most of all, I’m thankful for my husband who makes this all possible. He’s my best friend in the world, and he makes my life easier in so many ways.
    And I’m thankful for you, Moxie! For giving us this community, and maintaining it through all you’ve been through in the last few years. I don’t know how I would have made it this far into motherhood without all of you.

  12. I’m thankful for my family; my rambunctious 13-month old and super hubby (who is making a turducken as we speak). For my Mom and older brother and his beautiful family.I’m thankful for our friends, new and old.
    I’m thankful for our health.
    And I’m thankful for the delicious vegan pumpkin pie we bought at the store. Not vegan myself, but vegan pastries are just so darn yummy.

  13. I am thankful for my stepson’s health. After spending 6 weeks in the hospital last summer, he is thriving and such a good big brother.I am thankful every day for my sweet toddler boy and the fact that he is very close to being potty trained at 2.5.
    I am thankful for my wonderful husband who adores me,the good parts and bad. And who is one of the best dads ever.
    I am thankful that we are financially secure.
    And finally, although I am a bit freaked out at the moment, I am thankful for the positive pregancy test I just took this morning. 🙂

  14. I’m thankful for this community, that I feel SO much better than last year, my son’s new preschool (starts next week!) my husband & son, my house, washer & dryer. and yummy leftovers in the fridge.

  15. I am thankful that even though my kids have weird health issues, none require major interventions of any sort.I’m thankful that I have family and friends nearby, who are loving, generous, kind, and supportive.
    I am thankful for my husband, who is always there for me and the kids, even when it’s hard for him to do.
    I’m thankful the vet considered our financial situation (epeepunk laid off this week, me on contract for the moment but way less pay than before) and declined to charge us for nursing care for Mr B’s cat (who was in on emergency for two days), so we could (barely) manage the bill.
    I’m thankful the darn cat is peeing (finally), and isn’t blocked again, and is a total love (he sat on my head – literally – and purred while I changed the litter box this morning). I hope he doesn’t block again.
    I’m thankful my kids are being considerate to each other today, when I’m down with a stomach bug… and that ep is able to take them off for a walk while I try to recover as fast as possible.
    I’m thankful for this community, which reminds me of what’s important without loading it with guilt.
    @Michelle, congratulations! 🙂 🙂 🙂

  16. I am so thankful for Moxie’s maturity and generosity which infuses her posts every week, week after week. I am thankful for this community and all the regular posters– Flea, Rudyinparis, Hedra, etc and all the lurkers like me, and the newbies. I am so happy to virtually know you all. I am grateful for our children, who rattle our adult cages every day, helping us realize our most compassionate and loving selves.

  17. I am thankful our marriage survived 10 weeks of unemployment (with flying colors!), and for the new job (to say the least). I’m thankful for a (relatively) uneventful and healthy pregnancy and a completely uneventful and healthy labor & delivery, which resulted in a somewhat eventful and healthy baby boy. I’m thankful for #1, who will be 2 in 2 weeks … she is an amazing joy in utterly every way … when she’s asleep. When she’s awake, she’s teaching me to be the mother I want to be, despite my best-laid plans. I’m thankful the family business will be sold by 1/1/09. FINALLY.In short, I’m thankful for a life I love.

  18. My daughters and grandchildren are high on my thankful list! To be able to watch the values and the love I imparted in my children be passed down to their children has been the most wonderful experience. I see bits and pieces of me in every one of my off spring and again in theirs. Blessings to all of you who so willing share yourselves and your children with loving grandparents!

  19. I am thankful for my husband, and especially for his health – recovery from a head injury is no fun, and it’s so good to have him back in good form, and to see his intelligence and creativity and commitment to his family continue to shine throughout it all.I’m thankful for my beautiful son, who has exploded my life, stripped it down, changed it; who forces me to grow every day and laugh every day, each more than ever before.
    I’m thankful for our (relative) financial and household stability in a time that is difficult for so many around us.
    I’m thankful for my muse, who keeps on kicking my poetic butt, but has not abandoned me despite the short shrift I give her so, so often.
    I’m thankful for all of you here, every day. You have made me a better mother and kept my loneliness at bay.

  20. I am thankful for my health and the healthy of my loved ones.I am thankful for my husband. I am thankful that God has given us both the strength the weather the hard times in our relationship and the hard times to come.
    I am thankful we have a home, a car, and enough money to eat out once in awhile.
    I’m thankful I have loving parents.
    I’m thankful I live in Canada where we are a bit more sheltered from economic upheaval.
    I’m thankful for my beautiful 21 month old daughter, and the baby on the way. I am thankful that my daughter is healthy and is able to grow up with two parents who adore her.

  21. I’m thankful for each and every night that I get to put my daughter to bed, and watch her sleeping face soften in the glow of the night-light. I’m so grateful for the beautiful imperfections in our life that keep reminding me of what is real. I’m thankful for all of the opportunities in my life, and that my choices led me to be with my husband, have our daughter, and adopt our pup.

  22. I’m thankful that after years of trying to conceive my DH and I have a vibrant, incredible, and happy 5 month old daughter who blazes light into my life every day.I’m thankful too that we live in a time where couples like us, who are reproductively challenged, can make use of the best technology and medicine that can against all odds get us pregnant.
    I’m thankful that I have my husband, who loves my daughter and I with a fierceness that takes my breath away, and is not afraid to show it.
    I’m so very thankful that we are healthy, that Ava is healthy, and that she has grandparents who love her (and us) so much.
    Lastly, I’m thankful for the community of friends that we have here in Vancouver, where we are away from our immediate family, and also for the unparalleled virtual community here at Ask Moxie.
    Peace and love.

  23. I’m thankful to not only see my 3.5 yr old son grow into the wonderful being he is becoming but also to witness my own growth as a mother and wife.I am thankful my relatives and friends are in good health or are being taken care of by good doctors.
    I am thankful for no immediate crises.
    I am thankful for Obama.
    I’m thankful son has learned a love of letters and words and books as that is so important to our family and in life. Also so thankful that son flipped through a book, imitated me by putting fingers under words, paused, then said “huuuh… aaaah…tut… hat… Mommy! Huuuh aaah tut is HAT!” Wow. Incredible. Brings tears to my eyes to witness.
    I’m thankful that my biggest health issue is needing to lose some weight. I am lucky to be in this world and have to choose to eat less rather than having that not be a choice. Sure, it is very tough to do, and there are emotional triggers, but I am trying to put it in perspective.
    I am thankful for technology to, among so many other things, connect me with this fantastic community.
    I am so incredibly thankful for my many students and all the blessings they share with me year after year (hence my email name; I typically have 74 students; when my son was born I gave myself this email name…)
    I am thankful to continue to be challenged professionally; graduate school is a blast!
    I am most thankful for my husband of a dozen years. Can’t put that one into words but I know I am my best because of him.

  24. I’m thankful to not only see my 3.5 yr old son grow into the wonderful being he is becoming but also to witness my own growth as a mother and wife.I am thankful my relatives and friends are in good health or are being taken care of by good doctors.
    I am thankful for no immediate crises.
    I am thankful for Obama.
    I’m thankful son has learned a love of letters and words and books as that is so important to our family and in life. Also so thankful that son flipped through a book, imitated me by putting fingers under words, paused, then said “huuuh… aaaah…tut… hat… Mommy! Huuuh aaah tut is HAT!” Wow. Incredible. Brings tears to my eyes to witness.
    I’m thankful that my biggest health issue is needing to lose some weight. I am lucky to be in this world and have to choose to eat less rather than having that not be a choice. Sure, it is very tough to do, and there are emotional triggers, but I am trying to put it in perspective.
    I am thankful for technology to, among so many other things, connect me with this fantastic community.
    I am so incredibly thankful for my many students and all the blessings they share with me year after year (hence my email name; I typically have 74 students; when my son was born I gave myself this email name…)
    I am thankful to continue to be challenged professionally; graduate school is a blast!
    I am most thankful for my husband of a dozen years. Can’t put that one into words but I know I am my best because of him.

  25. I’m thankful to not only see my 3.5 yr old son grow into the wonderful being he is becoming but also to witness my own growth as a mother and wife.I am thankful my relatives and friends are in good health or are being taken care of by good doctors.
    I am thankful for no immediate crises.
    I am thankful for Obama.
    I’m thankful son has learned a love of letters and words and books as that is so important to our family and in life. Also so thankful that son flipped through a book, imitated me by putting fingers under words, paused, then said “huuuh… aaaah…tut… hat… Mommy! Huuuh aaah tut is HAT!” Wow. Incredible. Brings tears to my eyes to witness.
    I’m thankful that my biggest health issue is needing to lose some weight. I am lucky to be in this world and have to choose to eat less rather than having that not be a choice. Sure, it is very tough to do, and there are emotional triggers, but I am trying to put it in perspective.
    I am thankful for technology to, among so many other things, connect me with this fantastic community.
    I am so incredibly thankful for my many students and all the blessings they share with me year after year (hence my email name; I typically have 74 students; when my son was born I gave myself this email name…)
    I am thankful to continue to be challenged professionally; graduate school is a blast!
    I am most thankful for my husband of a dozen years. Can’t put that one into words but I know I am my best because of him.

  26. I’m so thankful for DH, who honestly is way too good for me & has had to put up with a lot of crap from me recently. I feel so lucky that he is patient, loving, gentle, and so kind. I only hope I can do better at showing him how much I love him.DS is such an unbelievable joy & blessing. I’m so thankful to have birthed a healthy, happy little man into the world.
    Our dog is getting older, and I’m just thankful she is still healthy & that we’ve been able to manage her weight with diet (carrots instead of dog treats) & lots of exercise.
    I’m thankful for where we are in our relationships with family – some healthy, some not so much. Our boundary work was painful in the beginning but has really paid off.
    I’m thankful for my own health, for my hobbies that keep me physically active, for my youthful appearance (been using daily spf 30 sunscreen since age 16), and for my sixth sense to help me dodge various bullets – a few months ago, I decided not to pursue a friendship with a gal in book club who made weird/snide comments about where I moved from… turns out my gut was right! I’m really thankful for the good friends we’ve made here in this new place & the simple realization that if we just dare to remain our authentic selves, & keep an open mind, the right relationships will develop.

  27. this is late for Thanksgiving but its never too late to count blessings:I’m thankful for great crowd of old friends we shared food with last Thursday. Some I hadn’t seen in 10 years but we flowed together well.
    I’m thankful for my husband, who spent all Thursday in the kitchen and who makes sure we are all fed every day. I love how his brain works. and after 14 years, he still makes me laugh.
    I am thankful for my children–the high energy, bright and chatty daughter and her more laid back little brother. Lets hope he stays that way. I’m thankful the daughter’s food allergies are manageable and sheloves her preschool.
    I am thankful to be in decent financial shape, at least until the summer. I’m thankful my employers liked me enough to hire me part-time this semester even though I had a baby just before classes began.
    I’m thankful for our new (to us) house. and I remember its former owner daily, as she was our friend who passed away in March.
    thats all I can do now, but I’m generally thankful this year has gone so well for us. Life is good–I’ll enjoy it while I can!

  28. I am thankful for the best baby boy a mama could ask for.I am thankful for my wife and for how much she loves our son.
    I am thankful for the love and beauty in my life, even though I cannot always see it, and I hope to be able to see it more.

  29. It’s no longer thanksgiving, and it wasn’t even thanksgiving here (Canada), but still, I’m feeling pretty darn thankful.I’m thankful for the chaos that brought me my beautiful son. The one and only pregnancy test I ever took was the one on Feb 4 2007 when I learned I was preggo with the Grumble Bee. It was better than winning the lottery because we knew that, with DHs low sperm count and my age, getting preggo unassisted was nothing short of a miracle. I still have the stick. I look at it now and then in wonder.
    I’m thankful for this community, and all the incredible women I’ve come to be connected to more intimately by being mothers together.
    I’m thankful that, by becoming a mother, I understand my own mum better and love her more than I ever thought I could.
    I’m thankful that I am in a profession that is somewhat resilient during times of economic flux (academia — well, except when I try to get funding for my research!!).
    I am thankful that PPD has left me mostly alone, and that my SAD has not taken up residence on the couch but is only an unwelcomed solicitor dropping by now and then to tell me how crappy things *might* be.
    I’m thankful for music. And the colour orange. And the great jeans I bought on Sat that make my postpartum patoot look fab.
    @ Melissa – Congrats!!
    @ Elisa – Your husband is making a turducken? I dream about turducken and I’ve never even had one.

  30. I think that not just in thansgiving time we have to say thanks because everyday we receive too much and just to be alive is enought to be pleasure about everything that we live and evrything that Gad give as.

  31. There are people whose little voice has been keeping them from success for some time now and they do not even realize that it is happening. When you give them a compliment, they have a habit of self depriciating themselves and snatch defeat right from the very victory they earned. Too much of this uncontrolled habit can reduce confidence and energy.

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