Today is Thanksgiving! As always, I wake up early when I really could sleep in so I decide to do the responsible thing and get up to work on homework. I put on the coffee, opened all the blinds and put on the fireplace. The sun is rising before me and it is glorious. I have so much to be thankful for that I am overwhelmed with emotion and a deep peaceful contentment that all is well in my little corner of my world. My son is sound asleep in his bed, which for any mom who has college children, knows the joy of having them home again. I have a job at Pluta Cancer Center where I work with wonderful people and have patients that are truly inspirational. On a daily basis I get to see the "big picture" and watch our patients beat cancer, go through treatment, somedays sick and other days with a smile on their faces. It is truly an honor to work there and humbling. I realize that my little problems and set backs in life are nothing compared to what others are facing.
I thank God daily for my life, my work, my family and especially my friends. These last 7 months have been very challenging, out of work, on a tight budget trying to make ends meet, Brian living at school all summer, and me going back to school. Throughout it all, I could not have made it without the support of my friends and my family. Even Danny, my ex husband was there to lend moral support, a shoulder to cry on when I needed it, and genuinely caring about me.
Today I thank God for my son, my family, for bringing our little Gianna (Chelsea & Matt Crawford's beautiful 4 month old little girl) into our lives, for my nieces who are pregnant and are bringing a baby girl and a baby boy into this world soon (for me to spoil of course), my new job at Pluta, for keeping Matt safe while he serves our country in Afghanistan, for my incredible friends, especially Garnet, Kara, Andrea and my Aunt Joyce, the women that love me unconditionally and are always there for me. I give thanks that I have a beautiful home, that I am warm, safe and healthy, that my aunt & uncle are in a home where they are well cared for and I don't have to worry about them 24/7. I give thanks for all the small pleasures in my life, my art, my artist friends through Art Is You and Suzi Blu, my health, and my life.
I also ask the Lord to watch over our military, all those who are sick, those fighting cancer and other diseases, those on Hospice and their families, the families that are facing a tragedy right now, our children, our homeless, people in countries that are fighting for their freedom and rights that we take for granted in the US, and all those that need a little extra love and compassion.
I am so thankful for my parents who are watching over me in heaven, for the values and morals that they instilled in me, and I in turn, instilled in my Brian. I miss them everyday and love them so much.
So on this Thanksgiving, be thankful for all that you have and remember to say a little prayer for others that need help or watching over. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and don't forget to wear your stretchy pants today!!!