Today, I am choosing to be thankful.
I am thankful for my little munchkin, who is currently singing "Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes" to a stuffed polar bear.
I am thankful for Matt, who did not attempt to stop Ellie and I from watching Elf this week, despite his passionate feelings that Christmas movies are for after Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for the kids I get to teach every day, and for my little kid I sometimes see during her school day. I am thankful that, although often not listening, she always is excited to go to school.
(I am NOT thankful that she just dumped out all of her crayons on the carpet.)
I am thankful for friends, and thankful for our church. I'm thankful that our church has always treated Ellie just like any other kid. I'm thankful for phone calls just to chat.
I am thankful for a child who is speaking in 3 word phrases more and more, even if those phrases include the word "MORE!" all the time. ("More chocolate please!" "Want more cereal!")
I am thankful for hot coffee and a warm house when the weather turns cold, especially right now as the wind blows outside.
I'm thankful for play dates and dinner and laughter. I'm thankful for the ability to host Thanksgiving for a fairly large and diverse group of friends, and I'm excited to share traditions together.
Finally, I'm thankful that right now, as Silent Night plays on Pandora, Ellie is taking that as a cue to put her stuffed robot to bed. She's currently shushing the robot and putting a blanket on her.
This week, my goal is going to be to give thanks in all circumstances.