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I have so much to be thankful for. Especially today, I want to express how blessed I am.
I am thankful for my first-born, Dylan. His sweet, sensitive nature warms my heart. I am thankful for my special relationship with him. When he was a newborn, a woman who had a son of her own, told me that sons have the best relationship with their mom. And although I didn’t necessarily believe it at the time, it has indeed come true. I am thankful for the love that he expresses to his baby brother and the friendship that they share.
I am thankful for my baby, Cody. His strong will will surely be transformed into leadership one day, and I for that I am thankful. He is always the first to share, and his little voice telling me that he loves me makes my day. I am thankful for his willingness to help, every day, and in every way. He has the perfect combination of smarts and love. I am thankful for the way that if he won’t listen to anyone else, he listens to his big brother.
I am thankful for my husband, Drew. He truly is the glue that keeps this circus together. I am thankful for his laid-back nature. When I am particularly stressed and high-strung, his nature is what keeps me grounded. I am thankful for the past 7 years of marriage – he has taught me more about myself than I would have ever learned on my own. His love and acceptance is above and beyond what I would have ever hoped for and my love for him grows each day.
I am thankful for my best friend, Aleshia. I can cry and laugh with her; I can be mad and I can celebrate with her. It doesn’t matter to her what I look like or how I dress, because she loves me for who I am inside. She knows my deepest, darkest secrets and doesn’t judge me. Without her, I would surely go crazy.
I am thankful for my parents. They have supported me, loved me, and stood behind me every step of the way. Now that I am fully into adulthood, I love that I can go to them with ideas, questions, and thoughts, and we can have deep, meaningful conversations. I love how much they love my boys – their love is addictive to them. Dylan and Cody truly cannot get enough of Grammie and Grampie. I love how much they love my husband – having their support in my marriage and our life together means more than they know.
I am thankful for all of my friends. Through the good and the bad times, the people surrounding me have enveloped me with their love and support. I have the freedom to say what’s on my mind, even when they may not agree. They make me laugh every day.
I am thankful for my extended family. We don’t see each other every day, we don’t talk every day, but it is my Kirchoff family that helps me understand true allies. My grandmother was the matriarch of our family, and even though she is gone, I know that each one of us would stand up for another. These are the people who will always be in my corner – cheering me on, and, if need be, becoming part of my army. Thank you for all of your love.
Finally, I am most thankful today for Jesus Christ. As my relationship with him grows and changes every day, I am constantly reminded how unworthy I am. But, it’s only Him that makes me worthy of all of my blessings. I am thankful that His quiet voice is becoming louder in my soul every minute, and that he has brought me new mentors and relationships that help Him weave into every facet of my life. It is only by His grace and sacrifice that I have true eternal hope.
We all have so much to be thankful for, you see. Each one of us can write our own list. My list will serve as a constant reminder of my love, adoration, and thankfulness for each person that I have written about. And, while some of the people that I have mentioned
may never read it, I wanted to “say” it out loud so that I can remind myself to be as thankful as I am today every day.
Happy Thanksgiving – may you and yours have a safe, wonderful Holiday.