This past week has been full of gratitude. I have been taking in every moment with my nephew, even the less peaceful ones. Seeing his joy brings me so much joy and I am so incredibly grateful for that. Of course there have been moments where I have wondered, “how the heck will I do this mom thing whenever I have kids!?” However, at the end of the day, I got through the small obstacles (there weren’t any big ones), he was fed, he was healthy, and he was certainly happy.
These are the things I’m grateful for this week:
1. The Beach
This probably won’t be the first time I talk about being grateful for the beach (and there aren’t any real rules to this writing challenge, right? right). I stuck my toes in the water for approximately 3 minutes on Monday, but nonetheless, I got to feel the ocean on my feet. Since it was actually chilly on Monday and the rip current was strong, I planned on only sitting on beach. While I sat there, I thought about how grateful I am to be able to visit the ocean and beach. I closed my eyes and breathed in deeply through my nose taking in the saltwater smell. I certainly miss that smell and the refreshing feeling of the beach the rest of the year when I’m not there.
For the first time in months, I have been able to sleep through the night during the majority of the week. With Brian’s weird schedule, I usually wake up around the time he gets home. I’m a light sleeper so there usually isn’t any way around this. Since I didn’t have that interruption, I was able to sleep through the night (most nights). I am grateful for the time I had to rest.
3. My nephew
You know, when my nephew was born and I hadn’t met him yet, I thought he would just be another little one in my life that I would obviously care very deeply about and love. There must be something about being an Aunt that gives you a deeper bond, because, my goodness, it’s hard to explain. Meeting him when he was only a month old changed how I thought I would feel. I’ve tried typing out how it makes me feel, but I truly can’t. I’m sure the other aunts of the world can relate :). I am so grateful to have him in my life and that I get to hang out with him at least once a year. It’s amazing to watch him grow and learn new things.
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