Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Hoping everyone has had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

We travelled to Arkansas to spend time with my family. It was a loooooonnnngggg trip thanks to thunderstorms, tornado warnings, golf ball sized hail, flash flooding, and a nail in a tire.

My sister and brother-in-law came down to Daddy's house about 11ish. I got the pies done (Chris and Wes asked for another pumpkin pie and Alex wanted a chocolate pie), then Carrie and I prepped the rest of the meal.

The guys spent the afternoon relaxing, watching some football, and playing with their iphones.

Pictures will follow after we return home.

In the meantime, have given much thought today for all that I am thankful for.

1. My faith in the power and love of my creator.

2. Wesley, my husband. He is the love of my life, my "mo anam cara". I am thankful every single day that our lives have become one.

3. My children. My boys are wonderful. I love them unconditionally and know that they love me the same way. I am proud of the men that they are becoming. There have been some struggles with them, as there are for most blended families, but they have gotten past any differences and have recognized that their parents AND their step-parents love and care for them very much. And for that, I am very thankful...so many other children in blended families have difficulty getting past the manipulations and guilt/lying that can be perpetrated by "adults". I have so many step-mom friends that are in such tough places, that I am truly blessed to have boys that accept the blended aspects of our family and have grown enough emotionally to recognize that they are loved by all and openly accept and seek out a relationship with both the "old" and "new" parts of their family.

4. My family. It goes without saying that they are special. Time together is always interesting. You never know what is going to happen or what someone will say, which leads to peals of laughter. The stories and inside jokes are fun to see being repeated by my boys. They have grown up with tons of family stories that they may not have been present for, but they know them by heart and repeat them with joy.

5. My friends.

6. My animals.

7. My life. I am finally at a place where I can tune out and ignore the drama llamas and have taken control and responsibility for what I allow to affect me. Many may try to wiggle into my head or life through their words and actions, but NOTHING can impact me unless I give it the power to. So, I am thankful that the drama llamas have been effectively put out to pasture! Through my faith and the love of my husband, children and family, I have taken back the power of knowing it is safe to be me and be loved for being just that.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you arrived safely and had a nice Thanksgiving.

    I once drove from NY to AZ through an ice storm, snow storm, then a full on blizzard. Missed being in a 100 car pile up because I stopped to use the restroom.

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