I'm thankful I was born in the United States, that my Mother and Father taught me right from wrong and a good dose of common sense along the way. I love that I can wake up in the morning and watch my horses as I have a cup of tea. I love this time of year, when I can keep the front door open and let the fresh, autumn air enter my house. I feel so very lucky to live on a ranch where I can sit on the deck at dusk, and feel so surrounded by the beauty of nature.
I have a big thank-you for being able to see the world through the eyes of a child.
My precious son constantly teaches me what life is all about. His innocence and curiosity about the world energize me, and reassure me that there is hope in the world. About 8 years ago, the Lord gave me a gift like no other. My beautiful young son was born but immediately had to be life flighted to Loma Linda. My life was forever changed from that day forward. I was told by the Neo-natal Staff that they didn't know what was wrong with my son and they didn't know if he would live beyond a week. He was losing platelets faster than he could make them. For the next two weeks, he had regular platelet transfers and finally the Mayo Clinic along with expert medical professionals were finally able to diagnose my son. (He has a rare platelet issue that ended up causing him to have one sided Cerebral Palsy) My sons first year had many trials and tribulations, he couldn't crawl because he couldn't use his left side, but our Lord had a Master Plan. He sent amazing physical therapists into our lives. (Mrs. Toughy is a special angel) They helped my son learn how to make his left arm and leg work and equine therapy helped him learn balance. No one realizes, unless you walk in the steps of a child less than perfect. Yes, all of you who have perfect children. Please don't forget to thank God for his gift. Thankful is an understatement for which everyday, God blesses me.
My life's journey has taken me down many paths which have crossed with many diverse people. People with whom I have shared time, energy, food, warm hugs, tears and much laughter along the way. I have learned from every person on my journey and I am grateful to each one. I am so thankful for all the Friendships that I have made and continue to nurture throughout the United States and beyond. It make's me stop and think how thankful I was to be born in a country having the freedom that other people do not have in life. I am thankful for the privilege to vote. To have a say in what is going to be our future. I am thankful for our troops and for our police keeping us safe. It is easy to be in a habit of taking simple things for granted. Like a soft, dry place to lay your head at night or hot water for a shower and a lamp to read by. A vehicle to get to and from work and something to appease your hunger. At times I think people view these things as requirements that are just supposed to be there in their lives. So, as this year comes to a close, I look back and am thankful for these simple things. The Lord has always provided for us. And he has shown us what is really important in life and what not to take for granted. It is having a home, health, family, friends and faith. And for all these simple things, I will be eternally thankful.
Always count your blessings no matter how small. In the time of life we live today and the way people have to live we all should be thankful for what we have, when their are so many without. May we all be thankful on this Thanksgiving season. God Bless
"YOUR ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE WILL CONTROL THE ALTITUDE AT WHICH YOU LIVE" - Unknown
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