It hadn’t even got to the end of the week before I received several emails and Facebook messages from an assortment of people (the tones of the various pieces ranging from the vaguely interested to the pleasingly urgent) enquiring as to whether or not there’d be a link-up again this weekend for Ten Things of Thankful.
I was deliberately opaque, enjoying the few times when I checked back later to find that the person with whom I’d been interacting had sent me back a long, near-incoherent and frankly quite desperate message, nigh on demanding that I get my act together and hook them up…
So rather than rest on my laurels and assume that you’d all be back on January the whateverth, I thought I’d go right ahead and create another ‘renegade’ style Thankful hop – no co-hosts, very few rules and a gorgeous dollop of happy happy fun blogtime – but as I was halfway through smiling smugly at the idea and preening, I realised that (quite frankly) the renegade edition was a one-trick pony, and was probably all used up by now – after all, who wants to jump back on a hop after the novelty’s worn off?
At that moment, the self-satisfied swagger and the stroking of my non-existent, roguish goatee shuddered to a screaming halt, and I stood (metaphorically) in the middle of an empty room, wondering what on earth to do to entertain the folks who were just outside, trying to bang the door down and get their Thankful on.
Fortunately, Kerri came straight to the rescue (quite unintentionally) by announcing to the world that she hadn’t played with me in a while and had decided that now was the time…so I took her idea and snuggled it into a beautiful new outfit (new, fancy, one-off button, anyone?) and offer it up to you in a bed of rose petals and unicorns…I even gave the co-hosts the option to join in this week, just in case they want to grab a piece of the action and make this whole thing go that much further.
Oh okay, FINE! That wasn’t *quite* how it happened. But close enough ‘kay?
And there might be co-hosts, but I promise you nothing on that front.
However, to the point.
Everyone’s year will have been very different, but I can safely assume that we’ve all experienced ups and downs. I want you to look back over that time and pick one thing from each month that you were thankful for. If you blog, this will be SUPER easy because you’ll have it all written down already (feel free to link your own posts, where pertinent, but bear in mind that these are optional extras which people can read (or not) at their own behest – guess it depends how interesting/funny/awesome you are, and how much free time your readers have). If you want to respond with your 12 Things in the comments here, feel free, and we’ll all leap on you and cover you with conversations, as we do on each other’s blogs – you’ve been here before – you know the drill.
Onwards, lovelies! Read mine, and link yours.
January – I got my hopes up. Medication was finally decided for Husby, and we got our first six months of reprieve from the treatment which will render him permanently infertile (this is now set to take place in Feb 2014 *sigh*). I was on an optimistic high and figured that very rapidly, all would be well. Thank goodness no-one disillusioned me at the time. THIS is why crystal balls aren’t allowed to work for real, and I’m thankful for that, otherwise I may not have gotten out of bed for the rest of the year. Or ever again.
February – I spent four days living with Sis, Niece and Neff, and discovered the madness, wonder and constant full-on-ness of Life With Kids. It gave me a whole new appreciation for the silver linings I then (and still) enjoy, but it didn’t deter me in the slightest – I’m beyond thankful that I got the chance to see how it really works, in an immersed sense, and know that yes, I still want this. I still want it HUGE.
March – March was tough. I had my second miscarriage the day before Mother’s Day and also, no small amount of added stress; we moved house! But I’m *so* thankful for that – our new home is bigger, beautifuller, has more room for books, and we were so happy to be there with SPACE that Husby and I danced together in every room on moving day because we could and there was space to.
April – Nah. April was kind of a write-off. I got an article published and thought I knew what I wanted to do with my career. But whatever. I think the best parts of April were when Fun Happened With Friends. I’m always thankful for that – they are the icing on my cake, the cream in my coffee and the…*runs out of metaphors*…they’re awesome, okay?
May – Now I look back at May and I think that April was actually rather tame by comparison. I was in the throes of huge overwhelmings of grief and pain and was no small amount of un-helped by Husby’s physical/mental state of health at the time…and the upshot is that I’m thankful I can look back on this and know that I’m no longer in that place. Yes, I’ve been in places which have felt every bit as bad, and a few quite recently, but they’ve been shorter in duration.
June – It was the FIRST EVER Ten Things of Thankful. And looking back, it’s a true joy to see that of the 21 people who were in on the first one, well over half of the lovely people there are still regular or semi-regular participants (apart from my dear co-hosts, who (I can assure you) are always quite irregular). What’s MORE joyful is seeing how the hop has changed and grown and taken on its own life and its own place in the hearts of this community of Thankful People we’ve built together. Thank YOU for that.
July – I turned 30, I didn’t freak (completely) out, I got to drive a steam train, and all kinds of other wonderfulness happened. At various points there were water fights. And oh yes – I had an interview and got accepted for a job.WHOOT! July was AWESOME.
August – this month also had its beautiful moments, like when I had my first Blogaversary and celebrated the delicious tandemness of Considerings turning 1 year old and having its 300th post in the space of the same week. To properly mark the occasion, I picked sidekicks. I still have them. They rock. (I’m thankful they still sometimes talk to me…)
September – I got to make the bittersweet announcement that my story of double miscarriage and infertility was being published in a Real, Live Book, aimed at providing hope and solidarity to other grieving women. SO thankful that I was chosen to contribute to this, because my desire to leave behind me a few signposts for anyone at the beginning of either of these awful journeys is what has inspired and demanded much of the honesty on this blog, and a great deal of the direction in which it has developed. And in real life, I started that job.
October – I had a crisis of body confidence, I wound everyone up with a few fiction pieces. I pissed everyone off ROYALLY with one in particular (in aid of a good cause, though I still question my reasoning in justifying it, but hey, it’s done now) and I realised that I’d have to learn to take the rough with the smooth, and that actually, in spite of my whining and my challenges, there are some very, incredibly sweet and wonderful things (and people) in my life.
November – Bad things happened in November. The first two weeks were a write-off, but I did at least get to put on my party frock and be beautiful. I’m thankful for that. We also had a MASSIVE party for the Ten Things of Thankful’s 25th Weekaversary (special button there, too – they’re collectible – did you get one?) and some (but not all – that’s next time (according to Christine)) were NakedWithCake. I also celebrated my best friend in the whole world, because she’s a wonderful human being and also I got to see her again yesterday and she’s STILL a wonderful human being.
December – I received a beautiful bloggy award. I created an equally beautiful bloggy award. And in true spirit of the season, I realised what was most important to me – the wonderful, precious, amazing, lovely friends, whom I treasure so dearly, and who go to such lengths to support and encourage me, and in so many ways enrich my life HUGELY. And I will never stop being thankful for each and every one.
I shall round off with a spellbinding new song I discovered this week. Enjoy, take care, and see you for the return of the true Ten Things of Thankful in the New Year.