in contrast to my last post, which was all about what has me down, i would like to take this opportunity to talk about what has me feeling thankful. i know thanksgiving has come and gone, but i believe that being thankful shouldn't be a once per year thing. first, i am thankful for this handsome guy: EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. he is patient, sweet, caring, and knows exactly when and when not to indulge my crazy. i am thankful that we did this: and, subsequently, brought this little girl into the world: she is our greatest accomplishment and is truly more than the sum of her parts. today, and everyday, i am thankful for our families and friends, good food, a warm bed, and always having just enough to get by. i am thankful for music to lift up my spirits and people who make me laugh. i am thankful for the written word and the gravity it carries. i am thankful for the people who read this blog and have chosen to keep doing so through the good and despite the bad. i feel proud that this blog has caught and kept the attention of so many wonderful people, some of whom i am now blessed to call my friends. i am thankful for your support and kind words. i am thankful for the reader who emailed me early this morning and shared her postpartum depression story with me. her honesty and kindness inspired me today. thank you.