My best friend and husband is fast asleep on the couch next to me. I can truly say from the bottom of my heart I love him more now than ever before. Being a parent has softened him in a way that brings out the best in him. Being 35 now has slowed him a down a teeny tiny bit so that I have a hope of keeping up energy wise. Being married for over 7 years has taught us how to live together peacefully and joyfully. All our moves have continued to make us treasure that our best friend is always there when we get to the new location. It is amazing we gel as well as we do but then again I have always thought that God brought us together. We are complete opposites in so many ways. However I know the mutual love and respect for one another and our love for Jesus and enthusiasm toward life in general makes us a great team.
Upstairs our two small sons snore on. I mean that literally. Those two snore more than old men. While this week we faced our first racist comment head on, I still see a world of good ahead for the boys. It is our job to prepare them to handle the ridiculous mindsets of the world with grace and dignity and not to let it change their perception of who they are. I am overwhelmingly grateful for these two small bundles of joy that God hand picked for us and put in our lives. I would redo EVERY moment my life again, including the painful ones if I were promised these boys. When I think of them, I hear that saying "my cup runeth over". It does. There are no words to describe the depth of my emotions towards them.
My grateful heart resides in an aging body. I don't enjoy the gray hairs, aches, or wrinkles but I do like being 38. I am often the oldest mom around as I hang out with moms of toddlers, but I don't mind. I don't feel older than them. I don't wish to be in my 20's again. I like the calmness that age is bringing to me. I like that I haven't lost the joy for life of my youth but I have lost my immaturity in so many areas.(note I didn't say all... there is always room for growth!) I like that life's challenges have forced me to become the person I am today. I like looking back on my life and being able to admit where I failed and where I succeeded and learn from both. I can't imagine how mellow I will feel at 80.
Tomorrow I will get up and make Thanksgiving dinner for my beautiful family and our friends. While Thanksgiving used to be all about just family for me, the Navy life has taught me it is also about friends becoming your family where ever you are. Our guest list tomorrow is our good friends from Ethiopia, and two new friends we met this week, one from Ghana and one from Mali. It was not intentional but now we are having an American/African Thanksgiving. We will eat the food of the pilgrims and probably lament that lack of spice, but we will celebrate this tradition because it is American. I'll end on that note. While born a British citizen in Ethiopia and raised in Kenya, I am very proud to say that I am American. I am unashamedly proud of this country. I am so grateful for all it has given to me, my husband and my kids. It isn't perfect but which one is:).
So I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving as I head to bed to enjoy one of the best things in life and another thing I am always grateful for... a good nights sleep:).