That I love him more and more every day and still feel a million butterflies every morning, every day and every night.
I am thankful for Lily, Benjamin and Cohen and their magnificent wonder. I am thankful for my past because it led me here. I am thankful for Seth’s family because while mine is scattered from sea to shining sea, they are here and have opened their hearts to Benjamin and I as they are so thankful he found us. Suddenly I have another sister, a mother and a father. Benjamin has aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents and we were all meant to be together and everyone just “knows”. You can’t measure it. You can’t see it. But, it’s there. Nothing has ever felt so natural.
I am thankful to be here. In this part of the world and the nation. Sweet, sweet Ohio–with all of her diverse opinions, a melting pot of American culture–where East meets the West, perhaps? We may have our differences but we keep them in check always, as they pale in comparison to what really matters. We are so lucky to be here.
I am thankful for my business, as it continues to grow. 2013 will be a huge year for Cement and this, I am reminded always, is really just the beginning. Three years in the life of a business, or any life, is nothing. I am thankful for Seth allowing me to chase my dream and build my business while he takes one for the team and stays home. Our story, my story, is one that would have been extremely rare, if not impossible just forty years ago. How lucky we are to also be born in this time.
And I’m thankful for you. You’re all still here. And it humbles me so much, inspires me and drives me to keep writing – to keep sharing, because I know our story is not that far from yours. And that many of you have already evolved into the world of a blended family and the rest aren’t too far behind.
I am thankful you have all had the strength to do what’s best for you and your children. Even if the road has been more challenging than you could imagine.