An Attitude of Gratitude in Foster Parenting This Thanksgiving

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I know the holidays are just around the corner which means my life, like most of you, gets more hectic. Planning holiday meals, attending multiple family functions in the same day, and getting shopping done on top of the normal everyday stuff that fills our lives can really bog us down. Some days I feel like I am rocking this motherhood thing. Then there are days where I just can’t seem to get ahead and nothing gets done. This year I want to recognize that no matter how hectic life gets, I am thankful for the life I have.

Gratitude Towards the Foster Care System

Thanksgiving typically makes people think about what they are grateful for. The most common responses are usually their jobs, homes, families, good health and the list goes on. Those are great things to be thankful for but as I reflect, I know that I am thankful for the foster system. It’s not glamorous and can be heartbreaking, but without it, I wouldn’t have our foster baby. I’m thankful every day that I get to wake up and be the one to take care of her and she knows that I am here for her no matter what.

I’m thankful for my spouse who has blossomed in becoming a new dad and is so supportive of me no matter what. I’m thankful for the many people that make it possible for us to have our baby, such as the caseworkers, licensing workers, judges, lawyers and countless others. I am also grateful for her biological mom because without her, the baby wouldn’t be here. I may not agree with the choices being made, but it is not my job to agree or judge.

It is my job to love this baby with all of my being and I am thankful that I get to do that.

Gratitude and Joy In Motherhood

As a new mom, I now see how motherhood can be a thankless job. I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed meals, sleep, activities, work, showers or even the chance to brush my hair some days.  I see you, mamas, struggling at the grocery store with your kids, crying in your car after dropping your kids at daycare, trying to eat a meal without having a meltdown, talking about your struggles with infertility or talking about how fostering/adoption can be so devastating at times.

I just want to say that you are doing a great job and I thank you for rocking motherhood the best way you know how. Try to remember that the people in your life are thankful for you and all you do even if they may not show it all the time. So as you prepare for all the craziness that comes along with the holiday season, give the people you love a big hug and be thankful of where you are in that moment. Life can change in a heartbeat, so let the people you love know just how thankful you are to be in their lives. Happy Thanksgiving!

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Aimee is a St. Louis native who grew up in Afton and attended Bishop DuBourg High School. She received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Lindenwood University in 2016. Aimee has worked in many different fields but found her career as a project manager for CI Select in 2017. Aimee is married to her husband Joshua, whom she met nearly 7 years ago. They reside in Valmeyer, IL and are the adoptive parents to one beautiful daughter. They have two spoiled fur babies, Jake and Chloe, who rule the roost. Aimee enjoys reading, writing, hiking, traveling, motorcycle riding, trying new restaurants, and spending time with family, especially her toddler. Aimee also enjoys spending time on her charcuterie board business, For the Love of Grazing.

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