Gratitude.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

This quote from William Arthur Ward is new to me, but its sentiment really struck me this morning. It just so happens I am grateful for so much, and I’ve been thinking for way too long about how to perfectly express that. But this quote helped me to see that, flawed as my delivery may be, it’s better to just say it, rather than wait for some grand speech to form on my lips.

I have a supportive, funny, and loving husband who also happens to be kicking ass as a dad. I have a sweet, happy, healthy little boy. We live in an imperfect, perfect little world that I am so, so grateful to inhabit. 

And I get to do work that I really love. I have this book. It, I think, is so special, and I am so proud of the way it turned out. And it would not have been anything more than a pipe dream if it wasn’t for John.

So, John, this is my dedication to you. In my inexperience as a ‘publisher,’ I couldn’t figure out how to include a dedication in the book, without going over my allotted page numbers (also known as my budget). But that book, believe me, is dedicated to you. My love, my best friend, my greatest, truest, fiercest ally. We butt heads, we don’t always see things the same way, but what you have given me in our years together cannot be measured. You have shown me that I am braver than I realize. You’ve encouraged me to stretch further than I thought I could. I know that I do a really terrible job of letting you know this. I am so overwhelmed by it most days, I don’t trust myself to speak. How I came to share this life with you, and with our beautiful boy, I’ll never know. But I do know that I am filled. I am overflowing, actually. With gratitude for you.

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