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I've decided to take a little break from my typical storyline, but I'll get back to it next week. Here's what's on my mind today...
As Thanksgiving approaches, I find myself counting my family's many blessings:
- Atia's improved health
- Asher's growth, health and funny personality
- Steve's job and his willingness to work so hard for our family to provide for us
- My CURED health status - that's right, earlier this month, I was declared an official cancer survivor
- My amazing extended family - each of them special in their own way.
- My mom - I know exactly how fortunate I am to have a mother like her; she is incredible in every way
- Our new friends and our old friends - we are surrounded by such love, beauty and kindness
- The new opportunities that have come my way - writing with the Ay, Mama! ladies, publishing my first article in a magazine and being part of Chicago's Project Ladybug team
The list goes on and on, but I'll stop there. Let's just say that I am well aware of all of the wonderful things in my life. Yes, Atia's still undergoing cancer treatment, but its working and nothing could be better.
I also cannot help but think back to last Thanksgiving. Atia had just begun the Maintenance phase of treatment (which is what she's in now) and she was tolerating it well. Because I had just given birth to Asher six weeks earlier (and was working my way through postpartum depression), we decided to host Thanksgiving at our house.
I know what you're thinking - CRAZY! - but it was truly the easiest, most convenient option. Since our families primarily live out-of-town, the only other option was to travel and that wasn't remotely appealing.
This year, we are not hosting - another thing I'm thankful for - but I know exactly how everything will play out. We are creatures of habit and we cherish family traditions. We'll cook dinner together, we'll setup the kids' table, we'll play cards until all hours of the night and we will simply be with one another, just like we were last year.
I guess you could say, I am thankful for Thanksgiving!
What are you thankful for?
Here's a glimpse of how we will spend our holiday:
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