As a general rule of thumb, I try not to be too cheesy. The girls will not hesitate to tell me if they think I'm being too sentimental or mushy. Unfortunately, this is one of those times that I will be mushy-gushy. With Thanksgiving approaching, I look at my life and think about the many things that I am thankful for. Out of everything that I am thankful for (family, friends, job, etc) I am most thankful for my adorable, healthy, children.
A family that we are very close to suffered a terrible loss earlier this year. A freak accident took the life of their 7 year old daughter. The accident has definitely given me a new prospective on life. I discipline less, watch my tone, hug and kiss the girls more, and make sure I never leave them without telling them how much I love them. The thought of losing one of my children is too much to bear and I pray every day that I will never have to cope with the type of loss our friends are currently dealing with. A few nights ago, they were on Fox 2 news sharing their story with the world. They have been so strong, but you can still see the grief in their faces as they talk about their adorable daughter that died more than 8 months ago.
The moral of my story...I am thankful. I'm thankful for my children. I love them more than anything and worry about them constantly. They drive me crazy. They make me laugh. They are beautiful inside and out. In my eyes, they are perfection. They are kind, and loving, and caring. They don't see imperfections when they look at me, they love me unconditionally as I do them. I thank God every day for the gift he has given me.