Today - I am thankful. For blessings and trials both.
I am thankful for - our parents. Both sets of our parents have been nothing but supportive to Keith and I. They have shared in our joy, prayed for us through my/our "health issues," and are a constant in our lives. I am thankful for their different views on situations, for their advise and respect of our decisions. God has truly blessed me with wonderful parents, and an amazing set of in-laws.
I am thankful for - grandparents. My Grandma is the most unselfish person I know, and she deals with a lot every day; yet, twice a week she takes time to listen to my woes and offer advice. An amazing woman, and I am so proud to call her my Grandma. Thanks Grandma for the advice, for the hugs, and for your prayers. You are very special to me. My Pawpaw, always puts a smile on my face. Though he may not remember everything like he use to, and little things frustrate him - he is very much a blessing to me and an encouragement as well. Grandpa Herb, I loved listening to Keith call to tell you our news. Your reaction was just, well, happy. You were truly happy for us. I am anxious to get to know you better and know you will be a valuable part of this little baby's life.
I am thankful for - family. We have lots of family, whether you are blood relation or not, you know who you are. Thanks for the cards, the emails and the calls. Thanks especially to my brothers and sister-in-law who have made a tremendous effort to check in every week (although Andy tends to want to talk about golf, he still calls!). Thanks to my brother in law who is purchasing in a house with a pool, just especially for his new neice/nephew (right Kevin?). Yes, God has given us a large family and we are thankful for their presence in our lives.
I am thankful for - puppy dogs! Yes, I do love my puppy dogs. They make me smile everyday. They are my companions throughout the day, are so excited to see me even when I'm having a bad day. They forget my flaws and love me even if I'm having an "ugly" day. My dogs are priceless.
I am thankful for - friends! Both old friends and new. Thanks to all my far away friends who have sent me emails and called. Thanks for understanding why I simply didn't call every one of you to tell you our news. Thanks for being so excited for us, and for your prayers and support. To all our friends here in Tyler, thanks for just being there for us. God truly has blessed us by putting you in our lives, and we are thankful for you.
I am thankful for - anti-nausa pills. This are the best invention EVER! And guess what, I haven't had to take one for three days! Woohoo! Maybe that doctor does know what he is talking about and I will start feeling like myself again...at least until I can't see my toes b/c my belly sticks out too far. But surely that's better than feeling like I'm going to be sick every day!
I am thankful for - Keith. Poor Keith. Girls, if you think you are the only one who experiences the "joys" of pregnancy, let me tell you it's not true. Your husband will be absolutely beside himself b/c he can't fix what is wrong and it really doesn't help his feelings when you blame it all on him either. He takes on a new role of not only having the job of hearing a daily report of the changes you are experiencing with your body, but he also probably will end up doing a lot of the household chores. Keith has gotten very good at going to the grocery store. He is very patient, has yet to get upset with me for my frequently changing meal choices and has made more trips to CVS right before the store closes than I count on my fingers. He hasn't missed a doctor's appt., he tells me I look good (even when I know I don't), he gives me a hug everyday, has yet to get mad at me when I lose my phone (again) and agreeably drives all over Tyler just to look at this or that. Keith's patience actually use to drive me insane. Isn't funny how God does that to you? Yes, God really did give me someone I didn't deserve.
I love you Keith!