Wish it So

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My mother-in-law forwarded me an email that I had sent in 2010.  Approximately one hour into my birthday.

Sent: Tuesday, December 21, 2010 1:32 AM
Subject: Happy Birthday to ME (I swear it’s not a conceited email even though the title is..)

So, at midnight which marks the beginning of my 26th year I was feeding my child and it made me think that I have a lot to be thankful for.  So here I go…

I’m thankful for my parents.  Although they are not here with me physically, they are the guiding light to many of the decisions I make and an inspiration on the kind of person I want to be.  
I’m thankful for the two sisters they brought into this earth.  They are smart, beautiful, funny and loving.  They are a wonderful support system and we’re closer than ever.  I’m amazed by them both everyday and how much they keep growing up into these wonderful human beings and I am so jealous of them in one way or another.  
I’m thankful for my husband who is also wonderful, smart (ass), funny and loving.  He’s being a wonderful support to me and has handled all the obstacles life has thrown at us remarkably well.  A great father and a great friend.. I’m a lucky girl (even when I’m telling him I’m not).  
I’m thankful to the family I gained through marrying Adam.  They’ve taken me in as if I were really their own family.  We’ve laughed, we’ve cried and I’ve certainly pissed them all off at one point or another (multiple times for some) but they go on loving and treating me like their own.  They’ve supported me and my wonderful two sisters through some tough times and I hope they never need to do so again but am grateful I had them for those times.  
Lastly, I’m thankful for my beautiful little Carrigan.  At the very early stage of my 25th year I was a nervous wreck about her arrival.. who would let me be a mom?!  CRAZY.  But now that she is here.. I can’t imagine my life without her.  She is wonderful, SMART and FUNNY in her own baby ways.  She tugs at my heartstrings everyday and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I always thought my 25th year would be a good one and I was right.  It started off “not so good” but it has ended up being one of the best years of my life .. next to me being 14.  For this, I have all of YOU to be thankful for.  I didn’t do 25 on my own.. I certainly had help and a lot of love along the way.  
I love you all and thank you for being apart of a wonderful 25 and what is sure to be a wonderful 26.
I guess I haven’t changed too much in those couple of years.  I’m still so incredibly grateful for the family I was blessed with, Carmen and Gloria.  As well as the family that came with that whole deal (marriage).  
It’s nice to look back and see the adult in me emerging and growing.  I hope that I continue to grow in a positive way and continue to appreciate those around me and the detrimental role they play in my life and that of my children.
I hope that in all of my ramblings, people take away that it is possible to grow and to love more immensely than you think possible.  Or you know, whatever else you might want to take away from all of this.

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