|Cheering for the Giants in the Superbowl|
#5. Child Care - Having family members as the primary child care providers for my son is a unique blessing that I don't take for granted. It allows me to work the odd hours required by my job without having to turn cartwheels to get it done. My sister has done an amazing job teaching Domani all sorts of things and after spending many Mondays with my Dad, Domani has a special bond with him. He and his cousin have developed some of the most adorable routines including the latest where they say "hug" and then hug and then say "kiss" and then kiss. He knows how to charm Grandma just so in order to get his brownie with whipped cream for dessert, but he has also learned from her about limits and how to make good decisions about his behavior. I am thankful for all of the people who help with taking care of Domani, including those who I haven't mentioned specifically. Each of them play a special role in his life and allow me to flourish as a single mom physically, emotionally, and spiritually.
|At the aquarium in Virginia Beach in August|
|Touring Yellowstone National Park in June with Aunt Naomi|
|Meeting Mickey Mouse for the 1st time in November|
#7. Random Shuffle - Whether it's on my iPhone or Joe's thumb drive of music, the random shuffle gods always seem to have a way of meeting me where I'm at. Sometimes it's a good cry. Sometimes it's a laugh. Sometimes it's a sing-at-the-top-of-my-lungs moment. Always it's like clockwork and I appreciate that.
Sometimes, especially recently, my church doesn't come from church. Amen, Ryan King. Amen.
|The Afghan Whigs - May 23 at The Bowery Ballroom, NYC|
|With #MotherRunners and #AfghanWhigs Fans|
@MalindaAnnHill & @fitsngiggles at AW Soundcheck Party!
#15. Laughing - Whether it's a corny joke, some sharp wit, physical comedy, or that offbeat humor Joe had, I am thankful for the chance to laugh every time I get it. Domani will laugh uncontrollably after scaring you by saying "BOO!" and I can't resist laughing along with him. Recently, he has taken to saying random words in a deep, raspy voice and it is absolutely hilarious. As a way to remember Joe this weekend I've been sharing with family and friends a short note he sent me "anonymously" while we were in college during a time when we were passing a dollar bill back and forth as a joke.
|The Joe Note|
This note (and plenty others like it) still make me laugh and I'm thankful for that.
|Opening Day 2012|