I am so thankful that my baby brother lived to see another year of life and turned 21 years of age this week. He’s the biggest pain in the neck (no joke) and he’s used to the fact that as the baby of the family, not much was expected from him so he’s lazy and thinks he can get away with anything. I can still remember when he used to be this tiny plump baby, then a super plump toddler with the cutest little belly, then a super skinny pre-teen and teenager who could eat the entire contents of the house and still claim to be hungry. Now he “works out” so he’s no longer our stringbean. I thank God for his life and for the joy he’s brought to the family. He was the one who completed our family and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
I’m thankful that my parents have been able to share their life with each other and see their children grow up. Through us, they can look back on how far they’ve come. Last year was the first year that all their children were in their 20s, and this year will be the last (we currently range in age from 21 to 29). Almost 30 years of raising children is no joke! My parents have always
overprotected us, ensured we were healthy and safe, and we never lacked for food, clothing or shelter. We are blessed and I hope we can be to our own children the kind of parents my parents have been to us.
I mentioned that I love getting mail and I actually received a letter in the mail this week! It was pretty exciting, especially because I wasn’t expecting it. I was going to email my friend to thank her for the letter but I didn’t because the whole point is to write back, and I’m looking forward to that.
Again I am thankful for our healthcare system here. It is not perfect but I really cannot appreciate it enough. I am also thankful for the improvements that are made regularly to diagnostic equipment so that anything that ails us can be caught sooner rather than later.
I had a really bad evening a couple of nights ago, when thoughts of being single for life took over and left me feeling quite defeated (Note: there is nothing wrong with being single for life if that is what you want, but that is not what I want). I let those thoughts out and received such warmth and encouragement from friends online and by phone. I prayed too, which always helps and the next day my mood was the exact opposite: I was smiling and feeling just great. I’m so glad that these not so great times don’t happen often.
I have much to be thankful for…I hope you do too.