on this twentieth day of the month, i am thankful for:
+++ my happy and healthy daughter who turned five day today. i could not be more thankful than i am to be her mom. she has taught me so many things about life, about what is important, about what is not important. to laugh every single day. to see life again through the eyes of a child. there are so many words that i could write to tell the story of how thankful i am for about having her in my life. but on this day, i am going to quietly tuck those words into my heart and say my thanks to the fates for giving me this day to celebrate with her. my girl is five. i still can't believe it. seems like it was just yesterday that i held her for the first time. i knew then i would never let go, and so i keep fighting like hell to hold on.
+++ my friends kadeena and jennifer who also celebrate their birthday on this special day
+++ gluten free swedish pancakes and lingonberry sauce
+++ laughter and good conversation
+++ anthropology (the store, not the science)
+++ the joy that painting pottery brings malena, pretty sure that we could go there everyday and she would be pretty happy about. today she painted an awesome multi-colored dog that is going to be a great addition to our home.
+++ being able to connect with a friend to say i love you as her heart breaks so that she is reminded that she won't have to pick up the pieces by herself
+++ a birthday dinner with friends to celebrate the big 5
+++ all of the love that surrounds malena from friends and family, she is a lucky girl to have so many people that care so much for her
+++ lite brites, malena and i did our first picture tonight and it was just as awesome as i remember from being a kid. i might need to call in sick tomorrow to take on the ship and birthday cake designs;)
+++ those boys from one direction that did a happy birthday video for all of their fans, which makes our little fan feel like she was the luckiest girl in the world to have them signing just for her. thanks boys.
have a good thursday peeps, one more day and we are at friday. yes, yes, yes.