Let me start off by saying Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Looking at everything that’s happened between last Thanksgiving and now is really crazy to me. Everyday I wake up with something else to be thankful for.
Last year I wouldn’t have even imagined that my life would be where it is now. My eyes have really been opened to see what all we tend to take for granted and should be more thankful for while we have it.
Let me start by saying I am thankful for my faith. I am thankful that I can freely discuss and practice my religion. There’s many people in other countries that lose their life because they do not have the religious freedoms that we have here in America.
Which leads me into my next point, I am thankful that I live in America. Despite the political chaos, and unruly violence that has been happening we live in a country where, as of now, people are free to express their feelings and opinions freely. Lots of people dislike Trump, but at the end of the day spending all this time disliking someone who still has 3 years left in office isn’t going to make things better. Politics are corrupt these days. We can all try to look at the positive values our country still upholds and be grateful that we live where we do, people in other countries fight to be here and risk all they have to come to this land that many of us spend time bashing because we are so consumed in the minor flaws instead of admiring the big picture.
I am thankful for my family. Many people don’t have families like mine and I think sometimes I forget that. My parents are still together, I never worried about where my meals would come from, I always had a warm bed to sleep in and a group of people who loved me to go home too. When someone in the family is having a rough time, financially, physically, mentally or whatever it may be, they are never alone. My aunt Tracy donated a kidney to my dad when he was feeling a sense of hopelessness because the wait for a kidney was hard on his body. My aunt Tena helped my family get to Arizona when my dad was needing his surgery. My dad helps my grandpa do things that used to be a piece of cake for him, but he now needs more help doing, like fixing his roof. My grand parents are always there for a good pick me up, and my grandma has a huge heart for serving others. There’s never been a time that I go to her house and she isn’t trying to fix us something to eat or drink and accommodating us however she can. My grandpa is always out in his shop using his carpentry skills to build us things, barbie cases, desks, you name it he’ll build it. My parents have let me and the dogs move back in with them and are helping me save money by not making me pay rent. My sister is always letting me be goofy and making me laugh. Those are all just a few examples of the things we all do for each other. No one has to be asked to help out, they all do it out of their own yearning to lend a hand where it’s needed, because we’re family, and that’s the way my family has always been. A lot of people don’t have the close knit bond that my family members share and I think we sometimes don’t realize how lucky we all are to have the love and support we have from one another.
I am thankful for the new family that I didn’t grow up with, but I had the pleasure of marrying into. Many people dislike their in-laws, but I’m fortunate enough to not have that issue. Troy’s entire family welcomed me as their own from the beginning. His mom and dad both have giving hearts and are always doing what they can for Troy and I. Since Troy’s been gone they have been constantly checking in to make sure I am okay, and that I have everything taken care of, for that I am truly grateful.
The support system that Troy and I have through out this new journey we are headed on is also incredible. We are constantly having people check in and make sure everything is okay. Since Troy has been gone I have had so much love poured out to me from people letting me know that if I needed anything they would be there. Although it may seem like a small gesture, it is astonishingly helpful to have people you can rely on through such big changes in life.
Last, but certainly not least, I am thankful for my marriage. I can confidently say that Troy has been my greatest gift. We have only been married eight months, but in those eight short months we have learned and been through so much together. The amount of love he has for me and those around him is truly beautiful. He does all he can to make our future as bright as it can be. Long distance hasn’t been easy, but even from 1,982 miles away not a day goes by that I don’t feel loved. We are constantly being goofy together and he matches my weirdness level perfectly! Not matte what it is, I am always being constantly supported and encouraged by him in all aspects of life and I couldn’t have found someone better to spend forever with.
Thanksgiving always makes us realize what we have to be thankful for, but I think it should be a goal of all of ours to remember to be thankful not just this one day of the year, but everyday. There’s always something to be grateful for even on your darkest day.
Hoping everyone has a blessed day!
“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” – Philippians 4:6 NLT