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At the end of most days I try to take a few moments to reflect on the blessings in my life and the many people and experiences for which I am thankful.  However, at least once a year it seems fitting to put those thoughts to words and then hit "publish".  Here is my 2015 Thanksgiving reflection.  

I am thankful for him. 

In the past six months you little Dominic have brought so much happiness and joy to our lives.  I am head-over-heals crazy in love with you and although you are our sixth child, I still find myself caught off guard by how much I love you and how God continues to expand my heart, even when I thought it couldn't possibly get any bigger.  I am also thankful for the ways in which you seems to bring out the best in your brothers and sister.  

I can tell that God is using you to expand each of their little hearts as well.  I wonder if you will ever know how great of a gift you are to us?  

I am thankful for him.

Oh, where are the words to describe you my sweet (and sometimes cunning) little Matthew?  When I come home from work and walk through the door your little body comes at me in full force with a hug that has the power to nearly take me out.  I can't begin to tell you how much I love this and how much I look forward to walking through that door!  You are charming and smart and somehow know exactly how to melt my heart especially when you are getting into trouble.

You always make us laugh and keep us highly entertained with your big personality, mischievous antics and fierce love. 

Oh, and those huge, deep brown eyes of yours.... well, sometimes there just aren't words to describe what they do to me.  

I am thankful for her.  

Oh how I love you, princess Gianna.  I love the way you smile from morning to night and how your laugh is absolutely contagious.  

You have a gentle nature and an innocent heart and although you are only six years old, I have deep admiration for you my sweet daughter.  I admire your quiet confidence,  subtle strength and your ability to see the best in others.  I admire the way you fit in so well with your brothers while standing out as the amazing little girl that you are. 

I'm blown away by the fact that I have yet to see you have a bad day.  Most of all I am thankful that I am your mother which means that each day God allows me to be dazzled by your sparkling personality and radiant joy.  

Oh how you brighten our lives.  

I am thankful for him. 

Noah.  Your name alone is worthy of a sentence.  Your father and I never cease to be amazed by the amount of kindness and thoughtfulness that pours forth from you.  Where does it come from?  It must be that very special soul within you that will be responsible for countless miracles that I know God will perform during the course of your life.  We've already seen so many.  You have a gift for thinking about the feelings of others and you go out of your way to make others happy.  

You are also our very own little St. Anthony for you have a special way of finding things that often times blows us away.  Thank you for being you; sweet, kind, thoughtful, prayerful and also super fun!


I am thankful for him. 

Caleb, I love you!  I love your quirky personality and your funny laugh.  I love watching you with Dominic and am taken back by your ability to care for him.  You somehow seem to be in your element when you are taking care of him and I can already see a very special and strong bond building between the two of you.  

Caleb, you are smart, creative, fun and inquisitive.  Sometimes you challenge us with your questions but I know it's because there is depth to your thoughts and I love how you often surprise us, especially with your sense of humor. I am so very proud of you and I see in you a young man of great character who is just, honorable, strong and faithful.  

I am thankful for him. 

Joshua, my firstborn son.  You are only 10 years old yet you exude a wisdom that is far beyond your years.  You amaze me with your gift of leadership and you take your role as the oldest child seriously, understanding well that they all look up to you (even little Dominic).

You are the only one in our family that is adamant about being on time (or even early) and I am thankful that you help keep us on track. Your amazing athletic abilities are only outdone by your gift of faith and I absolutely love watching you be you.  It seems like just yesterday I was holding you as a baby in my arms and now here you are a handsome young man with one very oversized heart.

I am thankful for him. 

Johnny, I don't really know how you do it.  I don't know how you love me the way that you do.  On a daily basis you see my flaws and faults but you graciously choose to look past them.  You humbly lay down your life for us and continually give and give and give.  

You are my best friend.  

You make me laugh and keep life exciting and you are the answer to so many of my prayers.  I am thankful for all that you do for us - the big and small things and of course, everything in-between.

I am thankful for them.  My parents, sister,  extended family and Johnny's family. I'm thankful for my many adorable nieces and nephews.  I am thankful for my extraordinary friends and the youth that I work with.  I am thankful for all of you who daily show me what God's love looks like in the flesh. 

And I am thankful for You, oh Lord.  On this Thanksgiving day, I am thankful for the gift of my life that is so abundantly blessed.   Thank you for allowing me the grace to know you and for giving me the opportunities to serve you (even though I so often fall short).  Thank you for being patient with me, for pouring out Your mercy upon me and for daily reminding me that I am your child, your daughter.  I love you and I pray that my life in some small way might give you glory.  You have given me so have given me everything. 


Happy Thanksgiving!

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