We had a wonderful Thanksgiving today. The food was perfect, all the different dishes that we have learned to love over the years. We got to spend the day with good friends who we have spent most of our Thanksgivings with. Sarah loves playing with their kids, and Jacob had a good day too!
For Jacob it is a big deal to endure an hour drive in the car each way. That is not always possible on all days with Jacob. But today was one of those days. For Jacob it is a TON of stuff that goes with him when he is going away for a whole day. We started packing in the morning to get ready for the day. But it is all so worth it.
Holidays and birthdays are special days that we can think back on, and remember what we did a year ago, two years ago, five years ago, ten years ago. It is easy for me to think back on Thanksgiving over the years, and remember the good and the bad times.
But I also realize that I don't need a holiday to be thankful. For us, each day has turned into a gift as long as Jacob is with us. It comes when you know you got more time than you ever thought was possible. It comes when you know that it isn't just about time, but also quality of life. Looking at your child, and not worrying about the skin color, his breathing, or monitoring constant seizures. That is a good day. A day to be thankful for.
And being thankful apparently makes you 25% happier according to statistics, so that's the feeling I will keep with me, not just today, but every day.