I have been sick a lot lately and it makes everyday stuff like work, laundry, cooking, cleaning, playing with my sweet boy and everything just a bit harder. Tonight, my sweet husband is cleaning the kitchen and watching our son so I can finish some work for tomorrow. I spent all afternoon at Urgent Care getting diagnosed with an ear infection. I haven’t had one since I was a young child.

Being under the weather and being a mom while feeling ill is a good reminder of a lot of things, not all of them positive. Tonight  it’s a reminder to slow down a bit. And tonight it’s a reminder to be thankful. 

I’m thankful for my health most of the year. It’s hard to remember what it is like to feel good when you’re not well, but it’s great. I get to feel well most of the time. For that, I’m truly blessed.

I’m thankful for my sweet husband who works tirelessly all day, comes home full of joy and energy to play any game our toddler son comes up with.

I’m thankful for our home that provides shelter during cold days. I’m thankful for our bed which provides much needed rest when we’re not well.

I’m thankful for a kitchen full of healthy foods and a pot full of hot soup.

I’m thankful for this job which allows me to take time to go to Urgent Care mid-day.

I’m thankful for our families who help make parenting less of a grind. A date night is a necessity and our families make that happen for us.

I’m thankful for the holiday season. It fills me with joy and puts my heart in the right place most of the time. I spend much more time thinking of others and hope to bring that into the rest of my life.

I’m thankful for Minnesota winters. I may regret writing this one, but winter is truly a time to hibernate, drink tea before bedtime, go to bed early, cuddle up on the couch for movie nights and all the things that we don’t do the rest of the year.

I’ll be back tomorrow with a fun post, but I wanted to stop by and wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. What are you thankful for?

Photos by Melissa Oholendt Photography

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