giving thanks

IMG_6139Driving down the Trans Canada from New Brunswick to Nova Scotia today was a perfect opportunity to reflect on why I’m thankful on this Thanksgiving Monday.

Despite the annoyingly intense volume coming from the backseat, I am immeasurably thankful for my kids. They make my day, every day. They’re smart and hilarious, wild and loud. They’re kind and sweet, sassy and ridiculous. They bring out the best of me (most of the time). My life is devoted to them.

Actually, I take back what I said about the annoyingly intense volume. Let’s edit that to: I’m thankful that my seven year old is reading a book about alligators to his brother in the backseat.

Speaking of people who bring out (mostly) the best in me, I am grateful for Mike. He is a true partner – in marriage, homeownership, parenting and plain ol’ everyday existence. I’m thankful that we are able to practice love and patience, generosity and understanding in the life we’ve built together.

I am privileged to have a career and workplace in which I am challenged and supported on a daily basis. There’s rarely a day that I feel negative about getting up and going to work in the morning, which is something I try hard not to take for granted.

I feel incredibly fortunate to call this my home. Typing this as we approach the N.B.-N.S. border feels especially appropriate for me because, as of next year, I’ll have officially lived in Nova Scotia longer than I lived in New Brunswick. So as equal parts New Brunswicker and Nova Scotian, I’m fortunate to have two incredible places to call home.

My heart is filled by family that visits us often and welcomes us to their homes at all times, even though we inevitably make an enormous mess. They spoil our kids (in the best way possible) and every time we’re with them feels like a special occasion.

I’m thankful for my girlfriends. They make me laugh; they keep me grounded. They are my TV-watching crew, my book-club buddies, my nine-minute-meeting ladies, they are friends who feel like family.

Having been in New Brunswick for a family wedding also made me think (and talk about it to everyyyone at the wedding reception) about how lucky I am (and we are) to have a big family (and the ability to stay connected through social media. Even if we don’t see uncles, aunts, cousins, grandparents, in-laws, nieces and nephews as often as we’d like, I like following along with how their lives are going and it also helps us all to pick up where we left off when we are fortunate enough to come together.

I also asked my fellow passengers why they are thankful:

“I’m thankful for how much football I got to watch yesterday.”

“I’m thankful for my cat.”

“I’m thankful for my house and all of the food we have.”

I’ll let you decide who said what.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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