I’m continuing my daily gratitude with another week’s worth of entries.

(Also, I’m thisclose to being done with a first draft of my book. Which is a-MAZ-ing and which is why I haven’t been blogging as much. When it’s done, I’ll come back and tell you all about it.)

Day 7

I’m thankful for Inspiration.

Day 8

I’m grateful for dinner out with friends. There’s nothing quite like enjoying amazing food and drinks with intelligent, witty and supercool people. What a great night! (Not to mention, it was free! It doesn’t get much better than that!)

eating gold

a walk through the woods

oysters. and other stuff.

Day 9

I’m grateful for videos. It was a late night last night and I had a little too much to drink. By this evening I was dying for Addie’s bedtime to come already. The ability to lay on the couch while she watched a couple videos was the only thing that saved me. And also, I’m grateful for first world problems :)

Day 10

Today I’m grateful for the contrast of light shining through darkness. Adeline, hiding in the curtains, pulling them back to reveal herself and bringing with her the hazy, bright light of the new morning, casting its spell on our dim bedroom. Hitting my eyes and waking me up: to the day, to her beauty, to life. Thank you.

Day 11

I’m grateful for eating lunch outside in the middle of November. It’s a bit windy, but other than that it’s sunny and warm and beautiful. Amazing! I’m also grateful that I forgot my phone, so I really and truly spent the whole time interacting with Adeline and just being present in the moment. Now that is a gift!

Day 12

I’m grateful that it got dark at 4:30. The shorter days herald a new season, one filled with warm scarves and the magic of seeing your breath as it steams up the cold air. A season for spending more time at home, cuddled up on the couch, wrapped in a soft blanket. A season that brings with it the holidays, when we’ll spend more time with family, carrying on traditions that I’ve enjoyed since childhood. I miss the sun, but that’s a lot to be thankful for. (Still though… wouldn’t 5:30 be early enough for it to get dark? Couldn’t we just do away with this whole “Fall Back” thing?)

Day 13

Today I’m grateful for the mpg meter on my car’s dashboard. Seriously. I love being able to look down and see how many miles per gallon I’m getting at any moment, and what my average is over a given trip. I like how it reminds me to drive more gently. And let’s be honest, I like trying to get that number as high as I can get it.

Sometimes, friends, it’s the little things in life.

Day 14

I’m grateful for my husband, David. He is a caring, compassionate and generous man, and he works his ass off. Being stuck at work until midnight every night for weeks is brutal and I can’t thank him enough for all that he does for our family. Thank you sweetie!

Day 15

Today I’m grateful for the simple, but profound, fact of being. Two years ago today, I pushed Adeline out into the world and we welcomed her in all of her squirmy, wriggly, gooey goodness. In two years I have watched her blossom into a being who will (and already does) brighten the world. When I think that she might not exist (if, for example, we had waited a few more months to get pregnant) I almost cannot fathom it. Sure, we would have another child who we would also love, but how could the world go on without sweet, wonderful Adeline?

And, of course, the same applies for myself, my family, my friends, and everyone who has ever and will ever exist: our existence is an event of such imponderable randomness, it’s almost impossible to believe. We are all, every single one of us, so incredibly lucky that we have entered into a state of being. Everything else is just icing on the cake. Today, celebrate being.

Newborn Adeline

Adeline at the museum this morning