Gratitude

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Gratitude: I’m grateful for—my penguin girls.

This photo above was the first image that came to my mind when I thought about what I wanted to write about for gratitude. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it is Penguin Days at the Aquarium of Niagara this weekend or maybe because I’m wearing penguin pajama pants and a penguin sweater? Or maybe it’s because these two hold such a huge part of my heart and soul.

I do believe this is one of my favorite photos of all time. Me, HWMMS and my penguin girls at Weber Wedding Weekend. We didn’t have formal photos, instead we had several photographer friends take hundreds of candids. There were a few exceptions, this photo was one.

If someone would have told me when I was growing up that I would find myself at the age of 43 without children, I would have laughed. I didn’t know who, what, where or when. But I always assumed I would be a mother someday. When I was approaching 35 with my partner and I realized we were on different pages with having children, our relationship ended. I didn’t know if I ever WOULD have children, but I wanted the possibility.

During all my twists and turns and learning to accept life as is—one constant has remained. My penguin girls. My cousin Jessie and my niece Aurora. They hold a very, very special place in my heart and because of them, I know that it’s not about becoming mommy, I’m filled with light and love everyday because of these two and this completes me as I am.

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I love you girls, thank you for being such a special part of my life.

Day Four can be found here.

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