Thursday, November 25, 2010

Giving Thanks Today

Living in the US, Thanksgiving was always my favourite. I'll never forget my first "American Thanksgiving." My Mom felt bad for me because the city cleared out with everyone going to their respective homes for the holidays. She wanted to fly me home for the weekend, so I would be alone. Little did we both know that attempting to travel on Thanksgiving is not only crazy, it was also expensive. A flight to Toronto was going to cost $1000. I can get a flight to Europe for cheaper than that. Needless to say, I stayed in Boston.

Thankfully, my friend Jack took our friend Katie and me in for the holidays. His family lives in a town north of Boston and has a huge Thanksgiving feast every year. His sisters and their friends came home from university and their family friends came over. We had an amazing dinner with the football game(s) on in the background, of course. It was awesome. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect intro into the American Thanksgiving tradition.

I have a ton to be thankful for on this day. First and foremost, I am incredibly thankful that Jenn's surgery on Tuesday went smoothly and she's now home recuperating. Hopefully, it's ok with her that I mentioned this on my blog :) Even though she was having a routine surgery, the stress that I felt was enormous. I barely slept on Monday night and prayed for the strength to be strong and supportive for her. She was the one, after all, having the surgery! She is everything to me, so the thought of something going wrong was too much for me to think about on that day. I am incredibly grateful that my prayers were answered. She's home and I'm being the best "home nurse" that I can be.

I am thankful for the most incredible family. Sometimes I don't know how I got so lucky to have the most amazing and supportive parents. They are true role models for marriage, love and life. I am so proud to call them my parents and can only hope that the twins feel the same way about us. I am often told that there aren't many "boys" out there like my brothers. They are the most kind, thoughtful and loving brothers any sister could ask for. And of course, I can't forget Gillian, Riley and Finn...three amazing Wheaten Terriers who all provide so much love in their own special ways.

And then there's the whole point of this blog...the limes :) I'll let you in on a little secret. Many months ago, I had this fear. I feared that because I have been so fortunate in my life, for some reason, I was not going to be able to get pregnant. Irrational or not, the fear was there. It didn't happen for us for 4 months, which in retrospect, is no time at all. The reason it didn't happen makes complete sense to me now. Jenn and I were meant to have twins. My body, the universe, God, or whatever you'd like to call it, was waiting for those two eggs. I'm so thankful for this opportunity to be pregnant and be pregnant TWO times over! I couldn't imagine life without both of them now.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends! I hope you've had an amazing day with lots of good food, family and friends, because that's what it's all about.

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