- First and foremost, my children. My children are healthy, smart, happy and beautiful. It is for them I do everything. I am so blessed by them and continually amazed at the gift they are. I am always shocked and humbled by their strength, their shining spirits, their love, that I was blessed with them just because. Charged with their care, I am all at once overwhelmed and confident. Quick to hug, quick to kiss, quick to show me that they are strong children, saved for this time for a reason, to be strong and powerful against the challenges they will face as they grow older. They were given to me by Heavenly Father, and they are precious and dear to me because of how extraordinary and special they are.
- Jason. I am grateful that we are still together and have survived the mountains that, at times, one of us climbed while the other was dragged. Grateful that we have made it this far and thankful for our love that keeps us going, together, trying and fighting for that piece of happiness we know we have and can have and grow in with each other.
- My mom. She is a source of strength and renewal. I am grateful for her character, her hard work as my mother and the things she did right, and even more, the things she tried to do right. Her beauty. Her magnetism that draw people to her.
- My church and my God. The guidance, the truth, the light, the happiness, the direction, the answers.
- My grandmother. Making it possible for us to get out of this mountain of depressing oppression that weighed on us more than we knew. Without her, we would be drowning in that swirling sea.
- My “job”. The blessing that I found it when I did and the source of income and support it provides to my family, the ability to be home with my children and be constantly secure with the knowledge of their safety.
- Jason’s job. The security of an income, insurance. The confidence it builds in him. The fact it gets him out of the house and gives us time apart so that we’re happy to see each other at the end of the day.
- Our home. It is small. It is old. It is ours.
- My siblings and their families. With them, I am never a grown-up.
- My health, my happiness, my knowledge.
- My sense of humor. It has been missing for some time but it is finally back again. So glad to have found it.
- My grandfather. In his death came knowledge. In his life came love. I am grateful to have had him, love him, know him. The opposition, the headstrong tendencies, strength of character and pride. Honorable life, life-long servant to this country we live in. Devoted in heart to family, love and God. So grateful to have been there. So grateful to feel him with me when I need him most. So grateful.
There is a wide array of more, more, more that I am grateful for that would be endless for this blog. I’m grateful that I am here to write it and share. Thankful for this country we live in and the history it has. Thankful we have the power to change if we put open our mouth to speak.
I am thankful.