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Around this time each year, you begin to see posts on social media about thankfulness and blessings. You notice that people are less negative and more focused on the good in their lives. Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on who and what in your life that makes it so extraordinary. Some choose to be thankful for their health, their families, their friends, their jobs, and their homes. Others may choose to be more specific with their appreciation. This time, last year, I was not in a thankful mindset. Oh, I put on a happy façade, but I was hurting and reeling from the shock of losing my dad so abruptly and feeling completely desolate. I was anything but thankful. This year, after suffering a year of firsts, I am less bitter and can look retrospectively at my life and see all the things that I should be thankful for.

I am thankful. I’ll always be thankful that I had countless memories jam-packed into the 40 years I had with him. He lived such a full life and encouraged his family to do the same. He never denied us a need much less a want. I’m thankful God chose him to be my daddy and my children’s Poppy.

I am thankful. I am thankful for my close nit family and the way we have persevered and survived this year. It has not been easy, and there were times (many times) that I wanted to throw in the towel, but with the help of my loved ones, I stuck it out.

I am thankful. I am thankful for my friends. I discovered through this tough year that I have more friends than I once thought. I have never been one to share myself with people. I hold my cards close to my chest. But, after the shock of losing someone so vital to my existence, I realized that I needed to open myself up to the people around me. I would not have endured the pain I have undergone without my expanded support system.

The point of Thanksgiving is a reflection on what makes your life wonderful and how grateful you should be for each new day that is given to you. I am eternally thankful for both the large and small blessings I have discovered through this tough year. James E. Faust might have said it the best when he said,

“The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us.”

Thank you to my family, my friends, and my daddy in heaven.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Mother, Teacher, Writer, Artist, Sports Chick, Baller.....

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