Friday, November 23, 2012

I HeArt Fridays..A Grateful Heart

I decided to wait until today to write about my Thanksgiving this year.
I am grateful to have 4 days off and grateful that I would have Dante with Nina and me again this year.
Each weekend Dante’s Life Skills teacher has the kids ask their parents a question. This question this weekend was what 5 things are your Parents grateful for?
My answers were:
1.            Our family’s health
2.            My job
3.            A roof over our heads
4.            Food to eat
5.            My children

Shortly after writing this list I read on Facebook that another Motherswithcancer contributor Nicole Stagner McMaster had just passed away, another young Mom with 2 young children. Damn I hate cancer. Another friend is in a rehab facility for four months after having a freak reaction to the flu shot. Yes, good health is at the top of my list. Wednesday night was spent baking… each child’s favorite pie:

Pecan for Nina

Apple Crumb for Dante

While I baked, they played PlayStation. It filled my heart to hear them laughing and enjoying being together, of course the “Mom it smells amazing in here” was good to hear also.

I started Thanksgiving morning by accompanying Dante to complete some community service hours for school. KarmaCamp organized a group to serve food to the homeless near a local park. Two of Dante’s teachers, (Life Skills and Algebra) were there to work with the kids. This was such a great way to start the day and a great way to put things into perspective if you are not feeling grateful about your life. Dante said it made him sad. 

 I was thankful that I could prepare all this food in my little galley kitchen with 1 oven rack and my boy scout burner stove top! 

The remaining day was quiet and relaxed. Nina’s friend came to dinner as her parents were out of town. I have always loved that the kid’s friends feel comfortable at our home. Vanessa has always loved my cooking. 

After dinner, we played Apples to Apples then Dante was back on the computer and the girls watched a scary movie. I hung out on the couch and enjoyed that everyone was filled and happy. 

 I read this quote and I think it really sums up where I am right now:

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