Happy Thanksgiving! In honor of the holiday, Greg and I came up with a list of things we’re thankful for lately, and I thought I’d share (in no particular order).
1. Our new house
So far, we LOVE being here. From day one, it’s felt like “home” — it’s cozy, it’s nice, it’s “us.” Our favorite part is being back home in Greenwood and getting to see our families more often. No more do we dread the drive to a family function — it’s literally just around the corner! I’ve also enjoyed seeing familiar faces from high school and church around town.
2. The help of our families and generosity of others
Practically every day, one of our moms is over at the house, helping us clean, watching Hannah, or folding laundry. My mom even acts as my “personal chauffeur,” carting me around town to appointments and such. And our dads have been so helpful installing things around the house and helping Greg move large items. I haven’t had to do ANYTHING during this pregnancy! 🙂 I’ve truly been treated like a queen. Not only that, but we’ve received the most beautiful baby furniture, clothes, and other goodies from all of you — our co-workers, friends, and extended family. Having triplets can be a big financial burden too, and these kinds of things really ease the impact.
Hannah grows up more each and every day. We look at her, and we’re absolutely in love. She’s been such a phenomenal baby — a true textbook example. I know we’re biased, but we think she’s the most beautiful thing we’ve ever seen! 🙂 Lately, her walking has been so good, she’s almost running; she’s been more animated and friendly around our families; and she keeps revealing new “tricks” and games she likes to play. She’s definitely the coolest thing I’ve ever made in my life!
4. Good jobs, money to pay for things, good insurance
It probably goes without saying that all these doctor visits, lab work, and ultrasounds don’t come free. I feel like I see bill after bill. But they’re significantly smaller than what they could be — thanks to good insurance through my job. Greg and I are blessed to not only have jobs, but have jobs we LOVE. They bring us joy and satisfaction, along with relationships with wonderful people. They also allow us to pay for all the things we’re going to need soon — tons of diapers, formula, meals…..you name it.
5. Good health
It seems like every day, we hear about someone we know who’s facing a tough time medically. Or, we hear stories on the news about people — even children — who are sick. Neither Greg nor I have ever had a serious medical condition, and we’ve managed to stay relatively healthy and active. For this, we feel so fortunate.
6. Each other
Greg is my best friend. He’s the one person in the world that I never get sick of, no matter how long we’ve been around each other. He treats me with tremendous respect, tells me every day that he loves me, and always seems to compliment me when I think I look my worst. I know there are women out there whose husbands never tell them these things, let alone day after day. I feel blessed to have found the best man I’ve ever known!
7. Plentiful food
Greg and I LOOOVVEEE food. (Just ask everyone who saw us at Thanksgiving dinner today. 🙂 ) And no matter what, there always seems to be plenty of it — whether we’re cooking at home, getting together with family, or going out to eat. Eating together has brought us some of our favorite memories. This is a true luxury in our world today, and we feel fortunate to have never experienced hunger.
8. Smooth pregnancy
Do I really need to explain this one? Just check out every post I’ve written on this blog thus far! 🙂 We had another appointment this week and it was so routine, it was almost boring! No contractions, no dilation, no pains, no high blood pressure. Plus, the babies still have excellent fluid levels and strong bladders. A multiple pregnancy can be daunting, but we’ve been blessed with excellent reports.
9. Our faith and religious freedom
Greg and I love our Catholic faith and how beautiful, special, and tradition-based it is. We love being just around the corner from our church and going there every Sunday. There’s still a lot we have to work on in our personal faiths, but we’re thankful that we live in a country where we’re not reprimanded, tortured, or forced to hide it.
10. This blog
Lastly, I’m thankful for YOU! Thanks for reading my blog and letting me ramble on and on about my “triplet journey.” Thanks for your constant prayers and your generosity. Thanks for supporting us in this endeavor — it would be a lonely and difficult ride if we had to do it alone.
None of these are meant to be cliche — we really mean them! I hope you were able to give thanks for an abundance of things today — and every day!