A journey of hope and healing after a decade of infertility and two maternal near-misses.

There Is Always Something To Be Thankful For

With Thanksgiving coming up, I've been thinking and feeling so much of what we have been through this past year. I know many of you have gone through your own set of challenges and are grieving right along with me about so many aspects of our journeys. But today as I was watching my little one explore his bright, big world, I was struck by the beauty that comes from harsh experiences. I'm finding I have such a deep, rich gratitude for the little things and I'm not taking any of it for granted. You've heard the saying:

"It is not happy people who are thankful.
It is thankful people who are happy."

With that, I thought it would be fun to share ten things that I am thankful for this year. I encourage you to ponder what you are thankful for as well, make a list and maybe even share it with someone over the holiday weekend. No matter what you are going through, I promise there is always something to be thankful for if you look hard enough for the blessings all around you.

1.  I'm thankful for my Savior Jesus Christ who died for my sins so I can be in communion with God forever.

2.  I'm thankful for God's incredibly mercies... a miracle baby after 14 years of infertility and the protection He gave to this 2x maternal near miss survivor. So many women do not survive one health crisis, let alone two!

3.  I'm thankful for my husband who has been a rock. He's been patient, kind... he's seen and done things that no husband should ever have to see or do.  He's been living out the vows we took 15 years ago.

4.  I'm thankful for a happy, healthy and content baby boy who lights up my life in ways I never imagined.

5.  I'm thankful to be alive to see my son grow up and that my husband isn't raising our son alone.

6. I'm thankful for the little moments: watching the world through my son's eyes. Seeing his elation and his sheer joy as his discovers the world around him.

7. I'm thankful for the opportunity to be home with my son. This wasn't the plan, but my medical issues changed all of that. God provides! Beauty is rising from the ashes just with this.

8. I'm thankful for family and friends that have rallied by us during the most challenging time of our lives. You have helped this little family survive!

9. I'm thankful for the brave women I have met over the last year. The women who likely would not have crossed my path had it not been for our tragic circumstances. They have openly shared the pain of their lives to help and support others. You are stronger than you know.

10.  I am thankful for God's numerous provisions: food, clothing, housing, a warm place to sleep and raise our boy.  We are blessed.  I could not ask for more.  

Happy Thanksgiving!

I would love to hear what you are thankful for in the comments!
I hope you are holding your loved ones a bit longer and tighter, like me.


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