This Thanksgiving Eve, I sit, surrounded by sleeping children - most of whom are mine - anticipating the huge surprise that is just hours away. I'm stressed. I'm in pain. I did waaaay too much today. But I'm thankful. Thankful my body held up today. Thankful that children went to bed so nicely tonight. Thankful that, once Miss M is picked up, I'm tired enough that I should hopefully fall to sleep quickly after a relaxing shower to calm my muscles and joints. I'm thankful that our van is in working order, everything that needs to be packed has been packed (I hope!), and that we have loving family awaiting our arrival in PA for Thanksgiving ... a trip our kids will find out about (SURPRISE!) at around 1AM when we force them out of their nice warm beds into the cold, cold night to hopefully sleep peacefully most of the 8-10 hour drive.
Mostly, I'm thankful for friends who helped me through the day, encouraging me to keep my flagging spirits up as my gratitude for the many blessings of my day got buried under an avalanche of unexpected problems and emotions. Having such supportive, understanding people in my life is one of life's greatest blessings.
I wish everyone at blessed Thanksgiving weekend!