Nothing like the cycle of life to make you sit up and take notice of your daily existence. Between work, and writing projects, and driving kids, and doing laundry, I feel like sometimes I barely have time to think. But life happens when you're not watching sometimes.
It's been an interesting week for my family. An elderly relative passed away early Wednesday morning--she was only sick for a short time and thankfully didn't suffer long. And my new niece was born late Thursday night--she is healthy and beautiful as her mother, my sister.
I'm struck with thinking about things I'm thankful for. My supportive spouse; my beautifully intense and brilliant child; my health; my wonderful friends (literal and virtual) and family; my co-workers. I'm thankful for the ability to write down my thoughts and feelings, to vote for elected officials, and to eat ice cream whenever I want.
My wish for my beautiful niece is this, eloquently sung by Le Ann Womack: