What a difference a year makes. Last year, I found it very hard to be thankful but I forced myself to take a couple moments to write a post about being thankful anyways. The end of 2009 was not a very good time. I was working a lot of overtime in a job where layoffs were imminent and there would likely be no reward for all of the extra hours. When I wasn’t working, I was trying to care for two 2 year olds, who were running me into the ground. I was tired all of the time. We were leaking money due to house and car issues and it seemed during the entire autumn at least somebody was sick in the house all the time. I felt like I was always asking off of work to look after a sick child, which only increased my worries about being laid off. My anxiety about life in general was almost overwhelming.
This year has been much better thus far. I don’t know if I’d call my job situation “great”, but it’s a least a little brighter outlook than last year. The girls are now 3, which so far, is not nearly as exhausting as 2. I’m thankful for my girls. They are healthy and getting so smart. They are becoming conversational and intelligent and fun to hang out with. I’m thankful things like dinner time and the bathroom are no longer daily wars. I’m thankful for family. We’ll be getting in the car and driving to Savannah where we will enjoy a nice warm extended Thanksgiving weekend with Adriene’s parents. How many people can say they look forward to spending a weekend with their in-laws? I’m thankful I still have time to discover and listen to great music. I’m thankful for a wife that lets me still get out to concerts and football games every now and then. I’m also thankful that she still likes to spend time with me.
Life hasn’t been the easiest these last couple of years. I’ve worked very hard just trying to keep my head above the water, but I’m hopeful all of this work is bringing about better times in the future. I’m hopeful we are laying the foundation for a happy and healthy family and I’m thankful that thus far, I’ve had the opportunities to lay those foundational blocks.