This is my weekly attempt to list a few of the things I am grateful for. It is easy to lose perspective and forget that there are many things going just fine and even better than fine, if I could only lift my head up long enough from the IVF crazy train to notice. These Sunday posts mark a commitment to remember the multiple people, places, and aspects of life that I am grateful for (Concept adapted, er...ok, stolen, with thanks, from Sprogblogger and Sassymama).
1. Sitting in front of a wood-burning fireplace with Will, watching the logs glow and crackle in the middle of winter. We don't have a fireplace in Manhattan, but when we go Upstate, this is one of our favorite wintertime rituals.
2. Long country drives: Another favorite weekend activity when we're in the country is driving down gravel roads in New England, seeking out Greek Revivals, Eyebrow Colonials, Shaker buildings, and old farmhouses. It's wonderful time spent together, witnessing the beautifully shifting landscape and seeing so many homes anchored in history and yet still present today in their simplicity and solidity. We hope someday to maybe own one, but for now (and the next several years), we find pleasure in just admiring these homes from afar.
3. Medical research and science: Medicine saved my life when I was diagnosed with cancer a decade ago, and recent research advancements have made it possible for us to try for the family we've always wanted. Fingers crossed that this technology can actually make it possible. At least it's given us a fighting chance.