Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Giving Thanks

We have a tradition at our Thanksgiving dinner. We go around the table and we say what we're thankful for. Last year, Kelli said "I'm thankful for Jessica." Jessica was sitting next to Kelli, and she was touched by Kelli's sentiment, so she leaned over, hugged her and said "Aw, I'm thankful for you too, you little cutie pie." I won't ever forget that.

This year, I am thankful for:

*My friends and family who have gotten me through this past year. No words will ever convey my gratitude.

*My Dad and Pat, for taking care of dinner this year, for planting trees, for coming to the benefit and vigil, and for raising me right.

*Maddy, for making me laugh, rubbing my back, and giving me a reason to get out of bed somedays.

*Craig, for loving me, standing by me, and hanging in there with me while I was going through hell.

*The Coast Guard, for deciding in their infinite wisdom, to station my brother at Kentucky Lake, so he can visit me and my dad more often. Woot!

What are you thankful for? Whatever it is, please take the time to say it.

Take nothing for granted.

11 comments:

My Life My Life My Life said...

And amen to that...take NOTHING FOR GRANTED.

LeAnn said...

i'm exremely thankful that i had to opportunity to spend time with jessica and kelli. and i'm thankful that i know, even though they are gone, that they will be in our hearts forever. happy thanksgiving!

Jennifer said...

I am thankful for my husband for standging by me in all the drama going on.

I am tankful for my children, they provide me with joy.

Kelli said...

This is a beautiful post.

I am thankful for my family - my mother, my father, my brother.

I'm thankful for my health, the fact that my friends and family are healthy.

I'm thankful that I have a good job - one I like, one that pays my bills.

I'm thankful for my friends - the ones I see daily as well as the ones (YOU) I have never met face to face. Without you all I feel I'd just be a shadow of myself.

Sending wishes for a very happy thanksgiving your way.
XOXO

Marrdy said...

I love the new picture. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing your story! Happy Thanksgiving!

mm said...

I hope you had a good thanksgiving. thought of you today.

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful you religiously write in your blog.

Anonymous said...

They will live on in us forever, and we need to find lasting remembrances and traditions to keep them with us...like the candle service or a special angel ornament...They would be so proud of you for every aspect of your survival this year, every tear, every happy memory of them or distraction that brought a smile or a laugh. Their story inspires all of us in many ways.

Gail said...

I'm thankful for my awesome friends, my wonderful family and our reasonbly good health. I'm very blessed because that is a ton of people!

Kim, I think of you and all your girls every day and I pray for your continued strength. You have been an inspiration for us all.

MaLeah said...

I'm thankful for my wonderful husband Matthew. He's more than I could have ever asked for in a partner and friend. I'm also thankful for the upcoming addition to our family, our baby who should be appearing this April! I am also thankful to have a nice house to live in. After living in apartments for several years, I try not to take that for granted.

Marrdy said...

That was beautiful. I am thankful for my family too and for my health! And for you, you continue to inspire me.