I am thankful for…

the way Cort’s face is all squishy and malleable looking in the early morning when he gets up just to have five extra minutes with me during the day.

the careful way Eddie’s little hands stack blocks.

the way the house gets cleaned while I am gone for 14 hours.

Cort’s “concentration” face when he is playing on facebook.

Eddie’s little sighs and giggles when he is playing with lamby in his bed.

that cat fur that i find everywhere (no seriously, it means my old cat is still around).

a mom who is fun.

a mother-in-law who is silly (oooo whoooooo!!!!!)

family that spoils my little boy when we are not able to.

unemployment benefits and extensions.

a job.

the other job.

the extra duty pay.

the overload pay.

friends who travel across the country for holidays.

friends–whom I have never met–who are all over the country (and the world).

the support that pours everywhere when things are rough.

the way Eddie “breaks it down” like a football player at random.

Sesame Street still being on the air.


a dad who loves his grandsons.

Chris, Sarah, MacKenzie, Dave, Mike, Ashley, Cody, Liz.

so many invitations to gatherings that we have to turn some down.

a budget that we can still meet.


the way Eddie runs his lamby’s ear through his finger and under his nose.

blond curls.

the adoption process.

our home.

toys scattered everywhere showing lots of fun has happened.

Cort’s mad budgeting skills that have afforded us fun even when things are tight.


the way Eddie says, “ma ma ma” and “hi da!”


the giving nature of strangers.

PPDCHAT and all the support I have found there.

the way Cort still holds my hand every night as we fall asleep.

the kisses Eddie has learned to blow.

the parents who are involved in helping their students succeed.

Thanksgiving dinner.

my car that has faithfully been bringing me everywhere for seven years.

satellite radio.

poop and fart jokes.

friends who want to see us smile.

Eddie’s love of music.

Cort’s love of music.


Missy, Mat, Erika, and Torie.

Cort’s random wit.

the way Eddie’s face scrumples up when he giggles.

the warmth of a loving family.


About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Your little family is so sweet! Happy Thanksgiving, Sluiters! Happy to know ya. πŸ™‚

  2. lovely words. i am thankful for you too. and i really mean that! eat lots of turkey for me, k?

    • I am so very thankful for you, my friend! have a wonderful weekend!! I will eat a TON of turkey for you πŸ™‚

  3. Missy widener says

    LOVE. And love you. And really I love the fart jokes part, is that wrong?? I laughed at the thought of you laughing at it. And cort holding your hand every night? The sweetest thing I ever heard. Love you sluiters. Yes I am thankful for you, too. Ahlot.

    • the funny thing? Cort and I laughed so hard we cried last night at a stupid poop joke. To the point where we were afraid of waking up Eddie! Ha! And yes, I have a sweet hubby πŸ™‚ Love you Wideners. In fact…lobe you. AHlot.

  4. I am thankful for you Momma. I hope that you have a wonderful thanksgiving. Save the neck for me…kidding… I’d never eat the neck or other random findings inside a bird. Love ya!

    • I am thankful for you too, my friend. I will save every innard I come across for you and I will mail it to you. BWHAHAHAHA. ok, no I won’t. Love YOU!

  5. Such a lovely list, Katie.
    You do have so much to be grateful for…that realization is one of the most important things in life.
    I am grateful to know you, my friend.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

    • just starting a list made all the bad melt away…at least for a few days. I am so blessed to know you too, my friend. Thank you for always being there. Have a WONDERFUL thanksgiving!

  6. That’s quite the list. You’ve definitely given me food for thought πŸ™‚

  7. I love this list – Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

  8. Awesome list! Happy Thanksgiving to you, Cort and Eddie!

  9. Lovely. It’s all those little things that make everything okay.. Happy thanksgiving!!

    • it’s true. the little things are the things we have to remember. those make life happy πŸ™‚ hope your thanksgiving was lovely, my friend!

  10. So many little things but all of them magical in their own way πŸ™‚ I hope you had a very happy and fulfilling Thanksgiving!

    Visiting from Red Writing Hood

    • I did have a wonderful Thanksgiving, thank you! I hope yours was great too! thanks for stopping by!

  11. What a fun list, full of life and love.

    And…..so glad you mentioned satellite radio. I ADORE mine! πŸ™‚

  12. Loved that point when they learned to blow the kisses. What a nice list!


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