With Thanksgiving approaching it's time to think about all that I have to be thankful for.
First and foremost, for my faith in God and my belief that He is in control no matter what happens.
Of course I'm thankful that I live in the United States and because of that, as a woman I can do so much more than I could if I'd been born in many countries around the world.
I'm thankful for my home and the fact that we always have enough food on the table for us and whoever else happens to be joining us at the table.
I'm thankful for my family, husband first and foremost for all that he's put up with over the years, for supporting me both physically and mentally, and for being my best friend, companion and sweetheart for all these many years. For my kids, grandkids and great grands who have given me great joy. I'm truly blessed. Not many get to see, know and love their kids' kids, and then the next generation too.
I'm also thankful for my sis and her husband--she's always there for me, no matter what. I just wish we lived closer to one another.
I'm thankful for my health and the fact that I can still do most of what I've always been able to do though a bit slower and more carefully these days.
I'm thankful for my church family and all the prayer warriors.
I'm thankful for my friends and especially my writing friends. How much fun we've had together over the years. And a special thanks to my critique group who help me make my first drafts much, much better.
I'm thankful for both my publishers, Mundania and Oak Tree Press. Both are so professional and willing to put my work into print and e-books.
I recognize the fact that I am truly blessed and I thank God for these blessings.
In case any of you reading this think I've never had any problems so that's why I'm so thankful, I can assure that my marriage has certainly had it's lows along with it's highs--but we hung in there. For many years, while hubby was in the Seabees and we had such a large family, we struggled to make ends meet. Kids got into trouble. I got fired from a job I loved. We moved away from grown kids and a house and city I'd grown fond of to a completely new area where we knew no one. We took on a job we really knew nothing about--it was hard and we struggled, but we kept at it and succeeded. We also love where we live now.
We lost or oldest son to cancer. Hard, hard, hard. I miss him terribly but know that I will one day see him again.
Watched both my dad and my mom decline and suffer until they too left this world to be made whole and rejoice with the Lord.
Despite the difficulties, I know that I am truly blessed and want everyone to know how thankful I am.