On the eve of Thanksgiving, I have been thinking about what I'm thankful for. I am blessed with so many wonderful people and things in my life that I take it for granted just how lucky I am. And how thankful I should be!
I am thankful that I get to wake up Kenzie and have breakfast with her every morning.
I am thankful that I have a beautiful step-daughter who likes to joke around as much as I do.
I am thankful that I have a great step-son who is very thankful for even the smallest things I do for him (texting him updates on the Dolphins games when he is at work . . . Mom used to call me in my dorm on Sundays when I was writing papers and tell me how the Bengals were doing).
I am thankful that I have such a giving mother-in-law (who doesn't hesitate to help others in need and who would never passes up a chance to help anyone - whether a stranger or her own family). She bought a new flat-screen TV a few weeks ago and has insisted ever since that she give it to us!
I am thankful for Ed and Lori and that Kenzie has such wonderful and caring grandparents. I am particularly thankful for Lori's blankets and Ed's fudge (whenever he gets around to finally making it and sending it!!!!).
Of course, and most of all, I am blessed with Kristie. Where to begin? I am thankful that we are best friends and soul mates. There are times when we are talking about something and the exact same phrase will come out of our mouths at the exact same time. I am thankful that she accepts me for all of my random-abstractedness. I am thankful that she still enjoys my company so much - just last night we were laughing at a re-run of the office and I swear she enjoyed watching me laugh at the episode more than she enjoyed watching the episode itself. I am thankful that she is such a good mother - whether knowing how much freedom to give Casey or how much guidance to give KoKo or how many tickles to give Kenzie. And I am thankful that she is so beautiful. This comes in particularly handy this time of the year because when I wander away while shopping, I never have a problem locating her . . . I just look for her blonde hair and when I find it my heart instinctively misses that little beat when and I know that I've found her!