Monday, November 21, 2011

Thankful


This is going to be a wordy post with only one picture which in the blog world = a bad post, so please forgive me. It is the week of Thanksgiving and I have so much to be thankful for it is hard to know where to begin. There have been so many changes this year, for the better. So, I will begin with why I chose this picture, taken move in day to the office, which should cover almost everything.

1. I took this picture when I was 6 or 7 months pregnant. Now Henry has been here 12 weeks and I can't imagine life without him. (okay two pictures)
2. Family. While this picture only shows Patrick and my Dad, my Mom was standing right beside me. Oh November has been C-C-C-razy, working before getting into daycare has been hard, even with the most understanding clients anyone could ask for. Every single one of our parents has come to the 'Ham to help and thank you doesn't even begin to feel adequate. Our lives would be so much less without an amazing support system and the love of our family. A special thank you to my Mom who not only has blazed down I-65 from Nashville several times in a matter of weeks, but also has helped us stay on top of the seemingly unending paperwork.

3. As previously stated the first picture was taken while moving into my new office, it still feels great. From moving into an office, to hiring a new employee this year the business has continued to be blessed. Some days I want to have a large pity party for myself because I work really hard. I hope that does not sound horrible, but it is true. Every time I feel a pity party coming on, I am quickly reminded how thankful I am to do what I love and work for myself. Over the last few months two of my very first clients are back with new homes and reflecting on our first meetings years ago versus now is special. Have I mentioned before how much I love my clients? Love. In December I will have more help and I hope to be able to really start sharing more with you. Professional pictures are really coming this time.....at least that is on the agenda.

4. Not shown but high on my thankful list are our friends. They have always been wonderful but the help we have had since having Henry is humbling. From the meals to the phone calls checking in on me multiple times (even knowing I probably would not be able to answer) we are surrounded by the most wonderful people. So many of my best friends live far away but they have never felt so close.

Finally, I would like to thank you dear blog reader. I feel like I have been a horrible blogger for a few months now and I am not sure when I will really be able to devote more time to H&H as well as reading other blogs. I do plan on continuing blogging though and hopefully balance will resume soon. I want you to know that I read every single comment/e-mail and I appreciate every person who clicks here, you would not believe how often you make my day.

I hope each and every one of you has a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots to be thankful for. I will be signing off for the week because frankly I am t-i-r-e-d and there is a lot to be done before taking some time off. I will be back next week though, hopefully refreshed and ready to go. Be safe and have a wonderful week.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

13 comments:

Leslie said...

So much to be thankful for!

Melissa @ Veranda Interiors said...

Enjoy your rest, it is well deserved. We all need a break now and then and there is no reason not to take it.
Enjoy your first Thanksgiving as a mommy, I know H is very luck to have you!! xoxo

Jennifer said...

Congrats on all the blessed changes in your life. You are such a dedicated, loving person and at times that can be exhausting. Enjoy this week with your loved ones and precious little Henry. I know you will have continued success!

Kenya Brantley said...

I love reading your blog, Marianne! Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving, and keep up the amazing work!!!

Kenya Brantley said...

Btw...I LOVE your office!!! Would love to see some recent pics!!!

Anonymous said...

Marianne - I've never met you, but want you to know how much I love every post you write! Please know how many smiles you provide and how many times that you make me say - "that is exactly right!" - no apologies necessary for blog posts or lack thereof - we delight in each one. Thank you for sharing your insights and allowing us to peak into your life. We too, are thankful, for you!
Karen Watson
(another Memphian!)

JMW said...

What a wonderful list of thankful thoughts! You have had a blessed year, haven't you? The number one blessing being little Henry. Hope you and your famlily have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Marianne Simon Design said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Enjoy your little break with your darling son.

CJ said...

Good blog post, not bad blog post. It is nice to read a lovely reflective piece. Your list of Ten ways to love also inspires. I will visit you again. Happy, joyful Thanksgiving. ~CJ

LLH Designs said...

So fun to see your little guy...AND you gorgeous office! Taking a short break from card designs to check in on my blog friends.

Happy Thanksgiving!
xo,
Linsey

Chic Coles said...

Happy Thanksgiving and Henry is just adorable.

Sherri Cassara said...

Hi Mariane, I am just reading this (catching up after being out of town) and I can appreciate everything you said. Baby or no baby, I think we all have those moments where we are overwhelmed and feel like we are working way too hard - I know I do, but thankfully it is balanced with gratitude and the realization that we are blessed. I hope you had a wonderful time enjoying your family - trust me ... you will blink and he will be all grown up. I just got back from visiting my daughter with the new baby and I wish she had the time to read posts like this - she would know she is not alone! Taking care of a new baby is a full time job!!! xo Sherri

Mike said...

We like to focus on what we don't have but rarely do we appropriate what we do have. We so many things we take for granted. Like high quality food. Our family. All these things a lot of people don't have. How can you live a rich and fulfilling life if you don't know what your grateful for?