Thanksgiving is time to count our blessings. My heart is full of the gifts all my children have given me. I am especially thankful to have been given the gift of multiples. Having two kids at one time has stretched our family in new ways that we have never thought possible. I will fully admit–and friends will agree–that I was a not myself during the newborn days with twins an a three-year-old. But as the kids get older and relationships change, I am able to look back with pride and nostalgia for all that we have accomplished together, growing as a family, as well as look forward to fun years ahead.
In the book, “One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are,” author Ann Voskamp encourages readers to look beyond the day to day grind of lives and to keep a counting of our blessings. These three children have given my husband and I so much to be thankful for–my heart is full. A recent counting of my families’ blessings include:
The ability to walk my older daughter and her friends to and from school. Pickups that become huge playdates with friends and their siblings
Legos and polly pockets and imagination games that all three can play
Loving the old dog
Halloween and Holidays. Busy-ness and slowing down. Time flies
The ability to stay at home these beginning years and trying every day to remember to enjoy each minute
Wanting, needing, demanding time with Daddy, especially when it involves hitting golf balls or hammering nails
Kids Meetings (where they scurry away to have discussions and usually involve filched treats like potato chips or candy). I try to be mad because I think I *should* but it is just so cute!
“Mommy, I need to be outside, or I’m just going to die!” My nature-centric kids
That twins and an older sibling play together, love each other, need their time together without Mom or Dad interfering
From our family to yours, wishing you a heartful Thanksgiving Season.
Leslie H. is freelance writer and mom to a spunky seven-year-old and rambunctious four-year-old twin boys.