I am thankful for that little smiley face. She is my love. She is my heart.
I am thankful for my loving, supportive family and for my friends, those who I see every day, and those who I don't see enough. I am thankful for my morning coffee (and the great guys at Boot & Shoe Cafe). I am thankful for the endless pile of books on my bedside table. I am thankful that living in California, we have an endless bounty of fresh vegetables and fruit year round. I am thankful for tasty pie, and that in spite of my insane post-pregnancy sweet tooth that I somehow lost all the baby weight + ten pounds. Which means I'm also thankful for my afternoon walks around our neighborhood with Stella. And the quiet moments everyday when Stella breastfeeds when she twirls my hair and tries to stick her fingers in my mouth. I am thankful that I live in Oakland, a city that contradicts itself daily, that is at once so ugly and so beautiful, and is always changing.
I am thankful for J, who is endlessly loving and generous and funny. I am thankful that we are able to give Stella *me* everyday. And I am thankful that I'm almost a year in to the best job I've ever had. I am thankful that I don't sit behind a computer all day anymore. And that every morning I wake up excited to spend the day with my girl, happy to be doing my best work and showing Stella this amazing world.
What are you thankful for this year?