I am thankful today for home; it is good to be back! We so enjoyed our time in Ireland, but there's truly, no place like home.
I am thankful for options; like being able to be a stay at home Mom long after 2/3's of my children are grown. It seems as my "job" has changed a bit during the last years, my appreciation for the years at home continues to grow even as their physical presence lessens. For all of the SAHmom's of little ones in bloggity-ville--let me affirm the great value of your choice.
I am thankful for the lunch I shared with my grown daughter this week. We had a very nice lunch at one of our favorite restaurants and then did a little window shopping at a nearby mall. To my delight, Christmas has returned in store displays. It is a very good thing.....as I never did put my Christmas tree away last year! It's so nice that the Season has caught up with my housecleaning!
I bet you're wondering how it is that my Christmas tree has been up an entire year! Back to options! It is an artificial tree (of course) and it is decorated with birds, nests, and colorful pinecones and such. As our lower level is more cabiny-in-decor--it seemed to fit! Plus, with these maturing children, our storage room has grown substantially with the items they bring home after each move! Since I had to reorganize the storage room before I could put the tree away--I decided to leave it up as a creative decorating item! Ya think I've started a trend?
I'm thankful for my family, for our love, and for our happiness. Yes, we have our struggles, but underneath each trial is a heart filled with gratitude that we belong to one another and are journeying through this life together.
I am thankful for community--both IRL and not-yet-met (further known as NYM!) I am thankful to Crystal for hosting Thankful Thursday; and to Iris for her faithful dedication to all of us in blogland. We are a blessed community!
Thanks for stopping in--be thankful!
Have a great TT!
(Still looking for those leprochauns and Bono!) Diane