On this weekend of Thanksgiving in the US, I thought I would say a few words.
I am thankful for my family. We have had our challenges over the years. But, we are closer today than we have ever been even though we are separated by many miles. They have been so understanding these past few years as I have been becoming more and more of myself.
I am thankful for my girls. They have become family over the years, and I can’t imagine living without them. We may not see each other as often as we would like, but we love each other fiercely, and I would drop everything to help any one of them. They know me and support me in such generous ways, I will never be able to repay them.
I am thankful for my bio-sister. It has been so wonderful to meet her and have continuing conversations about where I came from and family history. Without her, I would still be searching. To have her in my life is a blessing.
I am thankful for my friends and acquaintances. I have so many people in my life that I call friends. They craft with me and hold space for me and make me feel accepted. I love the conversations we have and the times we get together. The laughter and creativity they bring into my life.
I am thankful for the readers of this blog. I know many of you fall into one of the categories above, too, but I know some of you do not. I really enjoy this writing every week, and I like to think that you might get something out of my ramblings.
I am thankful for good neighbors who shovel my walk and bring my trashcans in from the street.
I am thankful for a good job where I feel like I am making a difference.
I am thankful for pets that love unconditionally.
I am thankful for the beauty of nature, even if I don’t like to spend a lot of time in it. I could watch it for hours.
I am thankful for good food, a roof over my head, and reliable transportation.
And so many more things.
Today, the gratitude I am feeling in my heart is overwhelming. I wish I knew how to express it better. Please remember that if you are seeing this, I love you and I am so grateful that you are in my life.
And I hope that you can find some of this thankfulness in your own life. Even if things seem really down, I have found that there is always something that I can be grateful for, even if it is just that things aren’t worse than they seem. Small things in life like a warm blanket or cozy socks or a yummy bowl of soup. (sorry, it is cold here, and all I can think of are warm things)
I am wishing you all the good things this holiday season. May you have many, many things to be thankful for!