Thankful November

Like many of you, I use November as a time to reflect on all of the blessings that continue to surround me.  I acknowledge how fortunate I am to have everyday grace in a beautiful home, an abundance of work, family and friends near and far, and a darling family to call my own.

This was also the month that I became a Published Author.  A title that I certainly never expected to have, but am honored to obtain.  On November 14, 47 Strings:  Tessa’s Special Code was released out into the world.  I watched Casin run into the house the moment he could first get his hands on it, and yet all he wanted to do was read it to Tessa.

Thankful?  People say there are no such things as perfect moments, but right here I lived one.  You could say I am thankful, but you’ll never believe how much.

The crazy part to me is that all of this — the book, the blog, the support — is because of one tiny extra chromosome.  I am thankful for Down syndrome and all that it has taught me, for how it has changed my life, and for how it has changed and taught others as well.  It is a gift that my daughter gives me every single day.  Even through all of the challenges we face, I am thankful for Tessa.  I am thankful for a little boy who embraces every ounce of his sister and is proud to share her with everyone.  I am thankful for a husband who gave both of them to me.  I am thankful to be 20 weeks pregnant with his next. 🙂

I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given and for how I have used them.  I am thankful for balance — no matter what form it may come in, for the few times I have it, and for being able to recognize that even when I don’t have it all together, I still have it all.

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