I have been able to make this trip to Walt Disney World with my daughter because of my partner. She is home with our son making sure that he gets to the Science Olympiad regional competition, the Orchestra Festival, and tons of other lessons, classes, and practices while still working. Normally most of this falls to me as this is the job I chose. When we were ready to have children we sat down and talked about it and my desire was to stay home and raise our children. Little did we know at that time we would have two kids with very different needs. One is hard of hearing and has anxiety in large group situations and the second is Autistic and needs extra help in socialization.
I am more than grateful for being able to stay home with the kids. But, I am also thankful for her for being there when I cannot physically be in two places at once especially when they are a 100 miles apart. We have had to give up something like matching furniture, new clothes every season, or even dining out often but what we have gained has far out weighed the things we don’t have. We are a close family. We do almost everything together. Some Feis (Irish dance competitions) and concerts are at the same time but we try whenever we can to be together. We eat dinners together and we talk, with our kids a lot. Sometimes, I think more than they want to but in the end I think they both will tell you it was a good thing.
So, today I am thankful for my partner, our family, and my life. I think this sunshine and being out of the cold weather is doing me well because life seems really good right now.