Taking a page from the White House press secretary’s playbook, let me take a few minutes to list the things I am most thankful for at this time in my life:
- I am always thankful for my son. I have been since the day I learned I was pregnant with him. He is my great love and the reason I got up every morning from the day he was born. He is a kind, decent, intelligent human being. I am blessed to be his mother.
- I am thankful for my daughter-in-law, most especially for how much she loves my son. I know that together, they are each so much more than they are separately. They complement each other well. I am grateful they are best friends, that throughout the 13+ years they’ve had as a couple, they have been tested and come out stronger for it. I am grateful for her friendship to me and the time we spend together.
- I am grateful for my sisters. Though we did not grow up together, we have grown close as we’ve aged. They have helped me know myself and my birth mother better. It is nice to know I have sisters to visit and nieces and nephews and their little ones to watch grow in life.
- I am grateful for my friends, some of long standing, others more recent. Often they have been like family to me. We have laughed together, cried together, traveled together, prayed together. Sometimes we fight like sisters, which is good training if my sisters and I ever have a fight (it’s been 15 years of growing closer with my Texas clan – so far not a cross word between us!)
- I am grateful for my Savior and the Divine Mercy and grace He so lovingly shares with me. He has sent wonderful mentors when I have needed them most. When I need to hear Him, He speaks and tells me exactly what I need to understand the things I find so incomprehensible at times. He is my rock, my shelter, my teacher, my friend.
- I am thankful for the goodness God has brought into my life after many years of hardship and heartache. In Him, I know who I am – His daughter, an heir to His kingdom and an eternity in His presence.
- I am thankful to have a day of respite from the cares and worries of the world, from the many things that tug at my heart strings I would change if only I could. But I don’t have a magic wand, and I can only let God’s will be done. Then trust He will make it all nothing but goodness in the end.