The Stepmom Letters: Thankful

Hey Jess,

As we get into the week leading up to Thanksgiving, it's natural, I think, for the subject of thankfulness to be on my mind.

This season has been a full one for us for sure, with lots of ups and downs - starting a new school year, the boiler breaking down in our apartment, your brand new braces (!) - it's safe to say that we've had a bit of a wild ride this autumn.

But, you know what?  I'm thankful to be a part of it with you.  I'm thankful to have you in my life.

I think when things are hard it's easy to get bogged down by the frustrations in a family, especially a stepfamily, and forget the wonderful things.  I think it's easy to get used to each other and used to the rhythms of life and forget how freaking awesome it is to have a team of people by your side.

I'm really grateful to be on your team, Jessica.

It's been hard not seeing as much of you this season (I've made better decisions than to do two rehearsal-heavy shows right in a row, that's for sure) but I'm so grateful for the moments we do get. These past few weeks have involved a lot of savoring those five minutes before bed or ten minutes in the morning on weekdays until we can actually grab some quality time together over the weekends.

You're making me rethink my time and my priorities, that's for sure.  You're making me spend an awful lot of time thinking about gratitude.  Thinking about my legacy.

Because do you know what my favorite part of the day is right now?  Seeing your goofy smile and messy hair first thing in the morning.  It's shouting "grab your soups!" (our hilarious personal joke, of course) from the other room while you eat your cereal and we both get ready for the day ahead.

As we move into the new year - yes, I know it's still November but my mind is VERY ready for 2016 to be over and for 2017 to begin - I'm going to really seriously figure out how to spend as much time as possible with you.

Being a stepmom can be stupidly difficult, but I don't want that to stop me from remembering to be thankful for you.

I don't want to take you for granted.

You're growing up ridiculously fast and I don't want to miss it.

Thank you for being one of the reasons I'm so thankful this Thursday.

Love you forever.

Hi, I'm Grady! Welcome to my blog :) A little about me? I'm a smitten newlywed and brand-new stepmom living in New Hampshire. My day job is boring on paper but great in real life (just like Dunder Mifflin!), and when I'm not working I love to spend time with my family, perform in or manage productions at the theatre, and eat ice cream while listening to yet another financial management podcast.  I write about my marriage, step-parenthood, and whatever else is going on.  Be sure to follow me on InstagramFacebookTwitter, and Pinterest, and subscribe to my blog!

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