What a year it's been!
Despite this year's trials, I have a lot to be thankful for:
My best friend Martha. I couldn't ask for a better bestie! She came all the way from Seattle and spent a week with me when mom died. And then came back in October and spent two weeks with me, during which she whipped through the majority of what was left to be done in my house. What kind of great person comes on a vacation and then actually WORKS? The BEST kind!
My cousin Kris and her family. It's nice to know that I have family that loves me and even wants to spend holidays with me! Kris dropped everything and came when mom had her stroke. She said that she knew if I asked her to come, it must be critical, so she did.
My friend Nicolas, who always helps me think things through. I don't get to spend as much time as I'd like with him, but I know if I ask, he'll be there. It's nice to have people like that in your life!
All my other friends: John, Joann & Bill, Rebecca & Jonathan, Gail & Steven--you all rock! You've been so loving and helpful throughout this year of turmoil.
My dog-children: Sitka, Juneau, and Poquito. You're the reason I go home at night. You're my companions and you brighten my days, even when you are naughty and chew furniture. I do love you more than my "things!"
My home. I am so lucky to have inherited mom's home. It's well-built, and large enough to house all four of us, and all of my stuff. I couldn't ask for a better place--and besides, it's filled with such happy memories.
My job. I love knowing that what I do impacts young (and sometimes not-so-young) people and their dreams for a better life. Sometimes I get frustrated with the politics, and the whining, but, ultimately, I love it.
My car. Never underestimate the value of having reliable transportation. It's not the fanciest ride, but I don't look like a slob driving it either!
My stuff. I know it sounds materialistic, but--if you've been paying attention to my blog--you know I love my stuff. It all holds happy memories for me!
My church. I appreciate all of the support I receive from my church and especially the church members. After a lifetime of avoiding organized religion, I have a new appreciation of what it means to be a member of a church family.
My health. Despite having several ailments, I am thankful that I feel good and have the ability to "get up and go." Being diagnosed with leukemia has made me acutely aware of how thankful am I for the ability to do this.
My country. I am thankful that I live in a country that allows me the ability to live my life as I choose, up to my ability to support that lifestyle. It's a true blessing to have this freedom when so many don't.
My mind. I am grateful that I have the ability to think for myself, and the ability to think clearly. One of our family friends died from Alzheimer's this year, and it really reminded me that having the ability to think and be rational is a gift.
So, what are you thankful for?