Though I’ve not been updating much lately (for lots of reasons that aren’t important right now), I couldn’t let this Thanksgiving Day pass by without expressing my deep joy and gratitude for all of the wonderful things that make my life the wonderful experience it is. Though I often let myself wallow too much in the negative, I recognize how lucky I am to live the life I do. So I’d like to take this opportunity to make note of it.

  • I am thankful for the milestones our family has hit this year. From Daniel’s birth in February and Dexter’s second birthday just a few days later, to getting to visit both my family and Mark’s family later in the summer, to getting married to my best friend in Las Vegas, we have been very blessed.
  • I am thankful for my beautiful children. Two happy, healthy and wonderful boys who are sweetness and light personified. Though it can be stressful raising two trouble-making little boys, the truth is that I am proud of them each and every day, and I thank my lucky stars that I have them in my life to keep me grounded.
  • I am thankful for the unwavering support and love from our family and friends. There was a point earlier this year when I didn’t think I’d make it through. I have never been so scared in all my life, and it was only my family and friends who let their light shine upon me that helped me come back from the brink of insanity. I owe them a LOT.
  • I am thankful to my amazing husband who loves me unconditionally, through thick and thin, and makes me feel beautiful and appreciated every single day, whatever mood I’m in and no matter how I feel about myself. He is precious to me, and I love him more than I ever thought it possible to love someone who didn’t come out of me.
  • I am thankful, on this wonderful holiday, that even though I have dietary issues which make it hard to indulge in my favorite foods, there are tons of amazing sites out there with recipes that are so close to the original versions so as to make me feel normal again.
  • I am thankful for NaNoWriMo, which after 13 years of participating in I have FINALLY “won” by writing over 50,000 words of a novel that I’ve wanted to write for five years. Without the excuse of a time limit, I might never have got so much done, and I am so grateful to have been able to write so much this year.
  • I am thankful for this blog, which has had its share of stress this year, but which has been my therapist for the past four years and keeps me in check when I forget milestones and important points in our family’s life.
  • I am thankful for my life, which has its ups and downs, and which is always, ALWAYS worth fighting for.

I have so much to be grateful for, and that includes all of you who read this, comment on my posts, share in my excitements and commiserate with me.


Seriously, thank you.


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Katie Reed

Katie Reed

Katie Reed is a 38 year old mom blogger from Salt Lake City, UT. She is married to the man of her dreams and together they have four beautiful boys. Dexter is 9, Daniel is 7, Chester is 5 and Wilder is 2. She writes about living with mental health issues while navigating motherhood. Her blog focuses on tips and tricks for moms, information and parenting news, kid-friendly recipes and crafts. She loves to reflect on the humorous side of parenthood and shares the reality of her life, with a "warts and all" attitude.

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