Thursday, November 22, 2012


Today is Thanksgiving Day.  An American holiday which I have celebrated over the past 15 years.  I enjoy going to my in-laws and seeing my extended American family.  I miss my British family, but it doesn't his me as hard as Christmas, the holiday I have celebrated all my life.

Thanksgiving is a nice holiday where people gather and enjoy one another's company.  It is, in fact, a lot less commercial than Christmas, which I appreciate!  But the best thing about Thanksgiving, for me, is that I get to really be thankful.  I am one of the luckiest mummy's in the world.  I have both my boys with me....and I almost didn't!

You know about Sammy, but Jack was no walk in the park either!  He decided to come out after just 24 weeks gestation, so I fought to keep him growing inside me with Magnesium, a Terbutaline pump and months of bed-rest.  We made it to 36 weeks and only a few days in the NICU after some complications from the emergency C-section!  At five years old, Jack was diagnosed with Bacterial Meningitis.  He had an emergency lumbar puncture and, after 10 days in hospital, we administered medications via a picc line in his chest.  He and Sammy both have neck and chest scars from their lines.

With our crazy battles to keep our children healthy, I really do appreciate spending today with my sons.

  • I am thankful for the excess laundry I do with two boys who can always find the dirtiest place to play
  • I am thankful that I get prodded awake in the wee hours of the morning to tell someone they are okay after a nightmare
  • I am thankful that I have to say no to social events because my kids need me for one of their events
  • I am thankful that I have been known to have a mini-meltdown as I work out how to get my kids to tidy up
  • I am thankful that I can hardly type because Sammy has just sat down next to me, pinning down my right arm and chattering away as he plays his allotted time on the Wii 
There are so many other things I take for granted too often these days but I am reminded just how lucky I am today.  I am with my boys, I'm about to make a dish to take to the family gathering, and I am complete....not sane by any means (but that is because I'm a mom).  

                                             Happy Thanksgiving one and all!  


  1. Thank you Katy,that was beautiful. :-)

    1. Thanks, Neil. Hope Tianah is doing well xxxx

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you Katy! So wonderful to hear how thankful you are. Life is precious as we both know. I blog about my son's diagnosis with Leukemia (as you know) and my daughter has a nut allergy that has brought her to emergency a number of times. It hasn't been easy raising my children but I'm blessed to be their mother. <3

    1. Kids do NOT come with a handbook and they should!!! You have coped with so much, Nancy. I do not have the nut allergy to deal with, but I teach kids with allergies and they can be sooo scary. Nothing is more precious than our children, tough, and they are worth every moment of panic we have ever endured xxxx


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