Thursday, 25 November 2010

on thanksgiving

Today, on this day of Thanksgiving, I have much to be grateful for:
  • my family's good health
  • a new home, which gives us the stability and security we have been seeking for two years
  • secure, family-friendly jobs for both myself and my husband
  • a school community that supports us as a family would
  • close ties to family, in spite of the great distances that separate us
  • friends who have rallied round as we prepare to move house
  • and hopefully, good weather for the big move tomorrow.
But mostly, I give thanks for the life of my eldest daughter, who was born six years ago today on another Thanksgiving morning. Her entry into the world was a very traumatic one - one which nearly ended very sadly. But she emerged from her difficult birth perfectly healthy. I have never before and never since been as thankful as I was that day six years ago.

As traumatic as her birth was for both of us, I am also grateful for it. It changed the course of my life, leading me to meet some of the most amazing women I know, leading me to take more responsibility for my own parenting decisions and healthcare choices, leading me to support other women during their journey to motherhood. It made me a stronger person.

Happiest of birthdays to my dear daughter, Eva.


  1. Beautiful post, beautiful story, beautiful picture! Best of luck with your move.

  2. Ohhh your girl's face looks amazing.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you.

    This is my moment:

  3. Wonderful cakes and glorious smile!