Praying that everyone has a blessed Thanksgiving this year. First and foremost, I want to thank all the military personnel that are out there fighting so that I can enjoy this time with my family. I am so grateful and thankful you are out there. I also am sending praying to all the military families who will not have loved ones in their home anymore. Your sacrifice has not gone unnoticed, and I ache for you loss.
I am also praying for those leaders out there that have the best interests of our nation in their heart and decisions. May they continue to make the decisions that benefit our nation, and not decide on things for agendas other than protecting our country.
But most of all I am grateful for the following:
- The healing and protection of our oldest son. I know that he had a guardian angel watching over him during this entire process and without her, this could have been a very painful Thanksgiving. Instead, he is weaning off his brace and getting back into the swing of things.
- I am thankful for my husband. For never giving up on me. For putting up with me when I am at my worst. For making me feel loved all the time. I am thankful for the trip we went on, and for renewing our vows. Also for my engagement ring that he reset to celebrate this milestone.
- For my youngest. Even on those days when he frustrates the heck out of me, I am still blessed to have him in my life.
- For my In-Laws. For giving without expecting anything in return. For never using deeds as weapons. For loving me like a daughter, never once making me feel like I wasn’t part of the family. For teaching me what it means to love and respect one another as a family.
- For my co-workers. For becoming more like family and friends instead of just people I work with. For helping out when things were dark, and lifting me up when I felt I couldn’t. And even on the busiest of days, making me laugh when I was completely frustrated with situations I couldn’t control.
- For strangers who I never met. My new Penn State Parents family helped me through one of the worst times of my life. Most I won’t meet in real life, but I feel that I could curl up with them with a glass of wine and watch Penn State football and enjoy every moment of it!
So on this Thanksgiving remember this: cling and protect those that mean the most to you. And, walk away from those who don’t. While you may think that this advice is cold and harsh on the day we are giving thanks, I have learned a valuable lesson. Life is too short to be with anyone that makes you feel less than what you are. Surround yourself with those that believe in you for who you are. Who leave the past in the past. And who love you without expecting something in return.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!