I’m just going to be a real for a second: 2017 BLEW. For me anyway.
My family had a number of health scares that tore through our household and left scars on every surface… kind of like my kids with glitter; but I digress. Yes, it could have been a lot worse and I know that. So, when sh*t gets real and life feels less like reality and more like some dream sequence movie that you conjured up, it’s time to hunker down and list out what you’re thankful for because it is too easy to wallow in the mud. It takes one strong MOTHER to raise her voice and shout from the rooftops for how grateful she is!
So, that’s what I’m going to do here because I’m working on my supermom cape.
I am grateful for entrepreneurship.
I am grateful for my mom hands.
I am grateful for learning to listen to my gut.
One of my kids has a speech disorder. It is something that she was diagnosed with recently but I felt in my core for a long time. But I dismissed that feeling at first because other people told me that I was being crazy. Her (old!) pediatrician looked at me like I had 5 heads when I asked her if we should seek help for her speech. And then: Something wonderful happened. I told myself to stop asking everyone else for their opinions and instead look within and trust myself. Boy, that was hard. But, once I took that step everything changed. We got a second opinion and a new pediatrician and an audiologist and a speech therapist and then it happened: My daughter looked at me and attempted to say “I love you, too,” after I told her I loved her first. A few months ago she would have never been able to do that. And that, folks, is when I realized that there really is nothing more important as a mother than listening and trusting your own instincts because we were made to do this. Also, how wonderful is it to have people who specialize with childhood development and speech?! Shout out to Dr. Khullar and our speech therapist, Mary!
I am grateful for friendship.
“It takes a village” is a phrase that I used to laugh at because I STUPIDLY thought it was cliched. Sorry, guys. I worked in advertising for too long so I have been programmed to actually magically make a red sharpie appear out of thin air so that I can strike a line through every saying that I see without even realizing it. Shirts, mugs, and plaques are not safe! Seriously, though. IT TAKES A GODDAMN VILLAGE. If we go back to the motivation behind this post, there were a few rough patches this year where I needed to ask people for help because as a human being I was unable to handle 27 things at once. And do you know what happened? My friends fed and watched my children while I was unable to. My friends surprised me with gifts because they wanted to. My friends sent me texts because they cared. My friends literally handled my life for me and I don’t think I could ever truly thank them enough. I am so, SO grateful. Friends–especially MOM friends–are important to have as a mother. Make them. Find them. Nurture them. Hold onto your mom friends as if they are your lifeline because they ARE. Wow, guys. I think we should turn that quote into a tote bag.
I have so much more that I am grateful for. I could write a book. Maybe I should?! The act of listing out what I am thankful for makes my throat ache and my eyes water because it reminds me how lucky I am. So, I’ll end it here because I feel my teary eyes turning into ugly cries. But before I sign off, I want to say that I’m also grateful for you, dear reader. You have given me hope and made me realize that my voice is in fact worth listening to. THAT is a huge gift that you have given to Christina and me. We are grateful for YOU. Happy Thanksgiving. I have to go and blow my nose and wipe my eyes now.