2. My parents and inlaws and their endless supply of love and affection for their grandchildren. My parents have brought the boys and I to Chicago 3 times in the last 2 months, and Mark's dad helps take care of Aliza back home when we are away. I couldn't be the great parent I am without their support.
3. Pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie blizzards, and plain old pumpkin pie.
4. The Green Bay Packers and their undefeated season, so far.*
5. My husband - loving, thoughtful, a rock of support for me, and on top of all that - a model father. God was really looking out for me when he brought Mark into my life.
6. Public places that have free Wi-Fi.
7. Friends who understand me, share their great ideas, love my kiddos, and keep me laughing and sane.
8. Every single person who has ever read this blog.
9. Aunts, uncles, and cousins who welcome my kids on holidays; talking to them, playing with them, and generally just treating them like ordinary people.
10. Modern therapies and drugs that give my kids a better chance of having an independent future. I'm grateful to be raising children in 2011 and not in 1811. Read Maureen Lang's books The Oak Leaves and On Sparrow Hill to get an idea of what it might have been like to raise a child with Fragile X a couple of hundred years ago.
Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
*Yep, I'm a Packer fan. Sorry if that is a problem. I'm a little defensive about it, which comes from years of rooting for the Packers while living in Viking country.