Are you tired of reading posts about what people are thankful for? I hope not because I have another one coming at you.

It’s no secret this year has been challenging for me. Sometimes it is hard for me to see the light at the end of the tunnel or to get through the slog but having an “attitude of gratitude,” helps to remind me that things could always be worse and to be thankful for what I have.

  • My husband. He’s a rock. He puts up with my incessant questions and worry (there has been a lot of it lately). He makes me laugh. He knows when to hug me and when to give me space. He’s there with me and for me, every single step of the way.
  • My family, near and far. A year ago my dad was recovering from his own health challenges and a year later I’m proud and pleased to say that he’s half the man (literally! more than, really) he was in terms of size and weight, but so much stronger in other respects. My brother has shown me grace and kindness and has aided my physical and emotional healing more than he knows (and he won’t know since he doesn’t read my blog!)
  • Friends that are like family. I have friends locally and farther away who have been an amazing support system for me. They take me as I am and without judgment and are always there for me. Doesn’t get better than that!
  •  The chance to be a Bonus Mom. It has moments where it’s downright impossible – due to the situation, not the kids – but being in their life, able to influence them and love them and be here for them is such a blessing. One of my joys, really!
  • A fun, flexible and challenging work environment.
  • Our old dog, Jack. He’s 13. He’s old. He’s blind. He’s mostly deaf. But he’s mine and he’s sweet and hearing him snore makes me smile. I love how he leans into having his ears rubbed and how he is so predictable with his schedule (well, usually).
  • For the resources available to me. I am lucky and privileged and blessed more than I know.
  • Books. Always thankful for books. And the internet because it brought me many of my best friends.

To my stateside friends, Happy Thanksgiving!

4 thoughts on “Thankful

  1. Amen to every word! Am thankful to be your father and to be blessed with the ongoing joys of your love, presence, power and spirit….may this big old planet of ours soon stop having to house the cries of suffering, avarice and small mindedness that we humans are working through….peace to us all and may the touch of higher wisdom abound…god put us here together to be together and work each of our private circles with compassion and if we all do that in our ways, this planet will rise up to meet heaven…..this can be done!


  2. I actually haven’t read many thankful posts this year and I never get sick of reading them! I am glad that you have a list of things to be thankful for. This has been a challenging year – following a series of challenging years. But you are persevering! I’m so thankful that you got a clean PET scan in September – what a relief that was for all who know and love you!

    I’m thankful for so many things this year as well. A wonderful husband, a sweet kitty, a supportive family, our growing babe, a stable job with a supportive boss, a warm house with a fridge full of food, fantastic friends who are more like family, health insurance, access to wonderful doctors, and the list goes on!

    PS Your dad is an amazing writer!! 🙂 His comment blew me away!!


  3. OMG YOUR DAD’S COMMENT. Can he please start a blog? Thanks. 🙂

    I have so much to be thankful for this year, including my friendship with you! I am blown away continually by your grace and vulnerability and heart. ❤


  4. So much to be thankful for even in the face of really hard times! You are such a brave soul. I am thankful for very similar things – my husband, my family, my friends, our dog and just our life in general. ❤


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