The year is at an end and many people aren’t too happy with popular events of 2017. Personally, 2017 has been one of the most trying years of my life and as a mom. But instead of following the trendy way to meet those challenges with a negative article complaining about all of these hardships, I’m going to put the most cheerful, thankful, positive spin on 2017.
I am overwhelmingly thankful!
I’m so happy and lucky to be in my own shoes.
I gave birth to my third son this year, conceived and born without any complications throughout my pregnancy. He’s adorable and loves to be held and played with.
My other boys are equally adorable and are developing awesome personalities—I think they need their own Youtube channel for their hilarious toddler shenanigans.
Our family dog is pretty cool and has stayed healthy this year. He’s the most low-maintenance dog, ever. Which is the perfect fit for me and our family.
I’m so thankful for having stellar parents AND in-laws. I gained a set of bonus parents via marriage—I’m at a loss to relate every time I read an article about awful in-laws. With my loving in-laws came cool bonus siblings, too. They rock.
I’ve had amazing pipe-dream opportunities happen for me in 2017. Between managing my own crafts and card making at Homemade Hometown, being invited to craft fairs and private vendors, expanding my writing within this great Mom’s Blog and elsewhere, developing more as a professional, and volunteering my expertise towards organizations that I’m passionate about—it’s really been a year of growth.
Really, I’m thankful for so much.
The number one thing I’m thankful for? My other half.
My better half? We’re both pretty good halves.
I stay at home with our kids. Not everyone has that luxury—and yes, it’s a luxury. There are a million articles about the downsides of the stay-at-home life, but we are raising our kids exactly how we wanted, and we wouldn’t be able to do that without my husband’s hard work and determination to provide me and our children with the life we envisioned.
He makes his own hours, which I’m so thankful for. He uses those hours to usually come home at lunch time to see the kids and spend time as a family, which we’re all thankful for. We are lucky. I’m lucky!
I wouldn’t be able to do any of my fun side projects; crafting, writing, or volunteering without his support and encouragement.
When I’m feeling overwhelmed or anxious/tired/frazzled/angry/emotional/anything, he steps in. He handles bedtime way better than I do, he cooks some pretty fab meals, and he keeps the world spinning when I feel like it could fall apart.
Most of what 2017 showed me was how thankful I am to be a part of his team. Because raising three kids puts your marriage into a very cool zone of teamwork- you don’t have the option to nit-pick a lot of things, or maybe you already covered all of those topics with the previous kiddos? Anyways, teamwork in marriage with three kids is awesome.
I remember being so awestruck and lovestruck when I saw him become a father. How he was becoming a dad unfolded a whole new layer of love that I didn’t realize existed. The magic of that discovery happened again with our third. Our dynamic switched and parenting became so much easier (but also hard at the same time). What I mean is that while parenting got harder, he made it easier.
He fixes our home, he has a great singing Sinatra impersonation, he calls me beautiful after zero hours of sleep and he can turn a situation into laughter from anger in 2.0 seconds.
I’m thankful for him.
With the start of a new year, what gratitude can we bring in to 2018? When you look at life with gratitude, it all seems pretty great. Let’s start 2018 with spreading positivity for a change.
Put some cheer in the year!