Four Things I am Grateful for this Thanksgiving

  1. My three boys

Of course, my number one blessings in life are my husband and my children. There are no words to describe my love and appreciation for Bill, Dylan and Liam other than to say they are my everything. I know I am beyond blessed to have such a wonderful husband and two amazing kids.

2. My family

Besides my three boys, I have an incredible extended family. My parents have always supported me in everything I do and loved me unconditionally, and my older brother Jadit has always been one of my best friends. His wife Arleane is very dear to my heart as well, and of course I absolutely adore my niece Kaori, who I am very proud to say looks a lot like me when I was a baby.

I am also blessed to find myself in the apparently rare stance of having a great relationship with my husband’s family. I absolutely adore my mother-in-law Emma and all of Bill’s siblings and their spouses. I’ve been lucky to see my nephews Justin and Jack grow up, and I am very proud of the men they are becoming.

3. My friends

I have never been one to have a large group of friends. Instead, I usually have one or two very close friends. I have no idea how it’s happened, but in the past few years I have found myself surrounded by an amazing, large group of friends who are all very near and dear to my heart. We’ve been lucky in that all the husbands get along with each other just as well as the girls do, so we not only get together as families but also branch out of girls/boys nights every so often. I love our friends, and cherish the fun times we get to spend together.

4. My life

One of my favorite quotes of all times comes from Bill Bryson’s I’m a Stranger Here Myself, one of my favorite books. In a commencement address to a high school class, he doles this out as his first piece of advice:

      “Take a moment from time to time to remember you are alive. I know this sounds a trifle obvious, but it is amazing how little time we take to remark upon this singular and gratifying fact…For endless eons there was no you. Before you know it, you will cease to be again. And in between you have this wonderful opportunity to see and feel and think and do. Whatever else you do with your life, nothing will remotely compare with the incredible accomplishment of having managed to get yourself born.”

This Thanksgiving, I’d like to thank God, the universe, or whatever it is out there for giving me the ability to see and feel and think and do and live. I have had the privilege of enjoying a life full of health, happiness, friendship and love, and I am very much enjoying this journey.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!








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