It's that time of the year again. We gather with our friends and family and give thanks for what we have. For some reason I have been reflecting a bit more this year than in the past. Maybe I am just getting sentimental or just plain old. In the end I have so many things to be truly thankful for.
First and foremost I am thankful for my family. They are the anchor that keeps me from drifting out to sea, they keep me grounded and remind me what is really important in life. I have learned so much from my boys in the last 5 years. I am constantly amazed at how they see the world and how they interact with their surroundings.
I am thankful for my wife. Her patience, understanding and belief in me over the years has been inspiring. Allowing me to take a leap of faith last year and change jobs, while she was on maternity leave, was a huge risk. It hasn't been without it's challenges but in the long run I think that it was the right thing to do for us. Having the patience to live in a house with what amounts to 4 kids, all of them male, borders on courageous. Watching how naturally amazing she is with our kids is heartwarming. Her confidence in me and my abilities makes me want to be a better person at all times.
I am thankful for my in-laws. I won the in-law lottery hands down. I don't think that there are many like them out there and I can say with all sincerity that the unconditional love and support they have provided us with over the years has been overwhelming. I almost feel bad because all I have been able to give in return are three kids that continually trash their house, eat their food, occasionally break stuff and wake them up before the sun rises when they have a sleepover.
This summer especially I was thankful for the time that we were able to spend up at the cottage and the freedom that it provided the kids. I watched them poke and probe their world entirely on their own and it reminded me of being a kid and being able to discover things on my own. I have watched Declan grow into the role of big brother and laughed as Rhys and Leighton both follow him around like puppy dogs. I am thankful for the time spent fighting big waves in Lake Huron with Declan and Rhys and time spent snuggling under the huge trees with Leighton.
All in all I have a lot to be thankful for. Today I am thankful for being able to be around the people that I love and care about and share some food, stories and laughter with them.