Thursday, December 22, 2011

is that wine in your empty belly, or are you just happy it's christmas?

I feel like I never got on board with sharing my I'm so thankful!!!!!!  post in November, and here I am sitting all by my lonesome next to twinkling Christmas lights that sparkle above a pile of carefully wrapped gifts, with the Notorious B.I.G. crooning in my ear and a glass of wine at my fingertips, and suddenly I am overcome with things to be thankful for.  It is silly, really, to make a public list of all the ways I am so lucky, but, if you can't say it at Christmas, when can you, eh?  (<--bonus points if you can name that movie!)

This Christmas, and always, I am so grateful for:

* a loving husband who respects my personhood and womanhood and motherhood equally
* a healthy, thriving child who surprises me every day with her personality, hilarity, and tenderness
* parents and a sibling who love me unconditionally and reserve judgment in almost any situation
* money enough to (almost) pay the bills and (almost) enough left over to have a little fun
* white wine, cheese, olive oil, and all carbohydrates
* an ocean that is mere blocks away and reminds me of the power and vastness of the world beyond human control
* a small space on the internet in which I get to write whatever the hank I want, and through which I have found a community of women that make me feel less alone in this world
* non-internet friends who have grown with me and inspire me to be myself and stretch beyond what is comfortable
* Santa, and Christmas lights, and a furnace that turns on when we crank up the thermostat, and the smell of pine needles, and decorated storefronts

And so, so much more.  Merry merry!  


  1. Great post.
    And. Love Actually.

    Merry Christmas.

  2. What a lovely post :) I hope you three have a beautiful, happy, merry Christmas! And "Love Actually" of course! Great movie :)

  3. You definitely have so many blessings!! Merry Christmas to you and your beautiful family!