Thankful for Her


Lil Advocate, Age 2

In September of 2006 I was blessed with my first child. While all children are gifts, this child was something special. My pregnancy with her was rough. I spent most of it on bed rest after going into labor at only 15 weeks into the pregnancy. My cervix had already started to dilate and due to a partial placenta previa my OB could not surgically close my cervix. This meant I had to spend all of my second trimester and part of the third on bed rest.

I do not know how to stop moving or sit still. In order to ensure I stayed on bed rest my husband and mom decided it would be best if I stayed at her house where my younger sister was home during the day finishing her senior year of high school via virtual education.

By the third trimester I was released from bed rest but told to take it easy. My husband and I FINALLY were able to move into our first apartment. I spent the last 10 weeks of my pregnancy getting ready for this little girls arrival. Finally the day came, and I got to meet this beautiful baby girl. The best thing about it was she was MINE! and boy was I scared about that. 

Lil advocate has been a blessing to this family since the day she was placed in my arms. While she may never understand how much she had taught me about life, she will always feel the love I have for her. I am thankful for this amazing child that calls me mom everyday. Image She has a personality that will light up the room. Our family would not be complete without her. 

I am thankful that with all the challenges our family faces and the amount of attention that her siblings require she still comes out on top of it all. Her determination to succeed in life is one that is awe inspiring. I am thankful that I can be a positive role model for her to learn from. 

I am thankful that my daughter welcomes me into her heart with love and understanding. I am not always happy or perfect, but she knows that at the end of the night I will give her that huge hug and kiss before she goes off to sleep. 

I am so thankful that my daughter knows how great she is and how much she means to me. Image


Day 2


This month I will do a post each day that gives thanks for one thing I am grateful for in my life.  Today’s thanks are given to the amazing man in my life. In 2000 I met my husband. We were at a mutual friends sweet sixteen party. I wasn’t too great at reading his signals and came across very strong. 

At the end of the night I gave him my number in hopes he would call. As he went to kiss me goodnight my dad pulled up to pick me up from the party. As you can guess, that put a stop to that first kiss. 

He did call and we ended up hanging out a lot after that. He was in one of the off phases of his on and off relationship at the time. We became friends and built from there. That was in October of 2000. 

That final year of high school was hard for me. I am thankful that Jason stood by me through it. Most teenager would have turned tail and ran off when the girl tried to kill herself, but not him. 


The night of Prom June 1, 2001 we officially began dating. Those first years were rough but we made it through them. I am thankful he stood by my craziness. In April of 2005 we were married. In September of 2006 our first child was born. In September of 2008 our second child was born. There was fighting and yelling almost daily. It got to a point where I had asked him to move out. To leave our family for the sake of our children. I thought it was the fighting causing the regression in our son and the constant covering of his ears. He left and for a while we only talked if it was about the kids. Then we worked on us. In December of 2012 our third child was born. Today we have a strong and happy marriage.


I am thankful that regardless of my mistakes and 

not so great judgement calls my husband forgave me and stood by me. 

Day 2 of giving thanks is for my Husband, the man who at 17 stood by my side and never left even when I pushed him away and told him not to come back.