The holiday season is officially upon us with Thanksgiving knocking on the door. I really hate that Thanksgiving gets shunned at times due to everyone’s hurry to get to Christmas. Seems like even before Halloween is done, stores are putting up Christmas decorations and what not all over the place. Black Friday sales start getting advertised November 1 and they now start in the early afternoon on Thanksgiving day. It just seems to me that other than having a day off from work, Thanksgiving means very little these days and that is really a shame. If you stop and think about it, Thanksgiving should be at the top of the list of everyone’s favorite holiday because each and every one of us has something to be thankful for. I’d like to share my list with you, no not my list to Santa, he just laughs at me now. The list I am talking about it what I am Thankful for each and every day.
Number one on my list is I am so very thankful for my lord and savior Jesus Christ. Not only did he give his life to forgive all my sins but, he has blessed me in so many ways with his grace that I have lost count. I don’t deserve his grace nor his love but I am eternally thankful to have both. Now I know in this day and time that it isn’t PC to proclaim that you are a Christian but you know what? I don’t care. You don’t have to believe as I do and I don’t think less of you if you do. Your choice is your choice as my choice is mine. I think it is way past time that we all remember that. If you don’t like what I am saying, you are free to leave MY blog. Didn’t mean to get off on that tangent but, it is something I believe in and you know me, I have no filter!
I am thankful for my incredible family. I was raised by parents that taught me right from wrong and personal responsibility. They taught me my Christian values, taught me the importance of family and what it means to have unconditional love. My father is and will always be my hero. He taught me the importance of always providing for you family and being there when it counted. He missed many of sporting and school events but there was never a day in our life that we did not have food on the table or worried about having roof over our head. He taught us to that our word meant everything and to be strong even when you think you couldn’t. He is our rock, plain and simple.
We lost Mom in March of this year and there is a hole in our hearts that will not ever be filled because of it. Mom gave each of our hearts. Her love for her children and grandchildren cannot be measured. She loved us at our best and she loved us at our worst. She was there for all the good time as well as all the bad times. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t thank God for making this woman my mother. I truly believe I would not have made it in this world if God had not chosen her to be my mother. I can come up with a million eloquent words about her but none of them will describe just how beautiful a soul my mother is and was. I know she is looking down on all of us, smiling as she shows off her grandkids to my grandparents. I miss her every single day but I am so thankful to have had her for 53 years. Some are not as fortunate.
I am thankful for my brother, sister and all my beautiful nieces. I hope they know how much I love each and everyone of them. Life may keep us apart but they are all in my thoughts and prayers daily. I am so blessed to have them in my life. I have two Aunts that are second moms and God knows, I need them. They are my angels on earth. I can’t express how much they mean to me and what impact they both have made on my life. I am thankful for all my cousins, on both sides of the family. Many of you were my first friends and heroes in my life. We may not see each other but know that you are very much loved and appreciated by me.
I am thankful for my hardheaded, funny, athletic, smart and handsome son. I am honored to be his dad. You are my greatest accomplishment, bar none. I will never be able to live up to the man that you may see in me but I promise I will always strive to be. You make me proud every day just being you.
I am most thankful for my beautiful and loving wife Anna. Life is not life without you. I have said it on numerous occasions and it still stands true today, YOU SAVED ME. I was a miserable person who was just sleep walking through life with a young son that deserved so much better than I had to offer. You came in, filled our hearts with love and became an instant, everyday mother to a 15 year old boy who desperately needed one. You are the very best part of me and I am beyond grateful to have found you. 50 years it took but it was so worth the wait. I not only got you but, your wonderful family as a package deal. They accepted Ethan and I with open arms and made us part of their clan. We are both very lucky.
I am thankful for my wonderful friends, new and old that are in my life. There are simply too many of you to attempt to name you all. Facebook has allowed us to keep up with each other over the years and it has been a pleasure to catch up with all of you. You have all been an important part of my life, some of you are from my high school days, some from college and some I have met in my adult/work life. You have all had an impact in my life in some form or fashion. I know we may not see or speak to each other everyday but, I hope that when you do think of or hear from me, it brings a smile to your face. I know it does mine.
I am thankful for my job that allows me to provide for my family and spend time with some amazing people on a daily basis. My co workers are simply the best. I consider all of you a friend and honored to know you. Thank you for making most days at work enjoyable!
We all have so much to be thankful for these days and I hope, like me you enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday before you jump head first into the Christmas season. We all have so much to be thankful for and Thanksgiving is the time to reflect on all your blessings. No matter how bad you think you have it, we all need to remember that to some, our life is their dream. If you you are reading this now, I want you to know that I am thankful for you as well. Whether we are great friends or you simply stumbled across my blog, you are appreciated and loved.
From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!!