The Garden of Learning is hosting a Gratitude Challenge for November. I thought that I would try to participate in an effort to bring more meaning to Thanksgiving this year. This has been a year in which it seems like just yesterday was January 1st and suddenly the year is almost over. It seems like every day I lay my head down to sleep, just to wake and rush through the day without a moment to pause, just to crash asleep at night and start all over again. So I thought this would be a good opportunity to force myself to slow down and take a moment to take stock of all the many blessings that I have in my life.
Some days I may be thankful for something small, but today I am thankful for my children, all five of them. They each bring something special to my life and they each own a part of my heart and soul. Some people never get to have children, biological or adopted. Others have them, but don’t really want them. I am fortunate in that I wanted them with all my heart and I was able to have them easily, even with Dora who I got pregnant with the first month we tried, despite me being 39 at the time. I know that is miraculous and am so thankful for the joy my children bring to me and the world.