I’ve been thinking lately about how very thankful I am for different things in my life. As an Australian I don’t officially celebrate Thanksgiving, but as my newsfeed fills with my American friends talking about it, I can’t help but think about the various people I am thankful for.

imageI’m thankful for my son. He’s almost 23 months old and very fun to be around. He is obsessed with the colour yellow (or “neh-no” as he says) and will be able to point out the smallest fleck of yellow in a sea of other colours. It’s quite a skill! He loves hammers that “crash” and shovels that “dig dig”. He is currently making us laugh as he stands at a piano and sings at the top of his lungs. I have no idea what he is saying but he is clearly enjoying it! I’m so very thankful for the cheerful, clever boy that is my Levi.

 

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I’m thankful for my baby daughter. The smiles I get each morning as I look over the side of her cot make getting up out of bed a much more pleasant experience than it otherwise would be and I’m so thankful for her warm baby breath on my neck as I rock her to sleep. When she sees someone she recognises, her whole face lights up and her eyes get very sparkly. She absolutely adores her brother and saves her biggest smiles for him. I’m so very thankful for my smiley, delightful Seanna.

 

I’m also thankful for my other baby daughter. Sweet Ariella, who will always be my baby. I’m thankful that she made me a mother and I’m thankful for the people I have met because of her. We had 39 wonderful weeks with her and she liked kicking her daddy’s hand. I’m so very thankful for my dainty, dark haired Ariella.

I’m thankful that parenting my two living children has gotten easier. When Levi was four months old we flew to Japan to visit my sister and her family. Every aspect was so hard, from booking him a ticket before he was born to packing him a bag and taking him somewhere so completely new. Doing the same for three month old Seanna has been easier, there were no panic attacks this time as I booked her ticket while still pregnant or packed her things.

I’m so very thankful for all of my family!

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