In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I offer up my list of blessings
I am thankful for my God, who continues to show me loving grace. Who doesn’t abandon me even when my faith is not as strong as it should be. Continuing to rescue me from trials both in body and soul. It is a blessing to be a child to my heavenly father.
I am thankful for my wonderfully supportive husband Deon. Being the first person in my life to actually make me feel loved. Helping me realize that I had more value than merely what I can “do” for people, and loving me for who I am. As completely different as we are, He is the ying to my yang, the sun to my moon, and I am so fortunate to have him in my life. Without him, I would be an obsessive compulsive mess, trapped in schedules and boring routines of my own making I’m sure. He is the spice in my life, and that which makes everything else sweet.
I am thankful for my daughter Shelsea. A child who was born beautiful both inside and out. A kind heart with an open mind. Shelsea, I hope you know how much I truly adore you. I love the conversations we have, and you along with your father and brothers are the pillars that keep me afloat, and keep me alive. You are a bright girl who cares for all those around her, has an avid passion for “saving our earth” that I respect, You have an enthusiasm for life, and a closeness to your God that is simply wonderful.
I am thankful for my son Haiden, who has one of the most infectious laughs of anyone I have met. I love his zeal for life, his comedian tendencies, and his sensitive nature. You are a caring individual, with the drive and determination to go after your hearts desire. I have no doubt that you will put the effort forth to do what is required to make your dreams come true, and that is such a rare find in an individual. I pray you never lose that stamina. I can always count on a hug, and a laugh from that little guy.
I am also thankful for my youngest son Kylan. A boy who at times surprises me with his insightfulness. Kylan is unique, and not like the others. Kylan’s trust has to be earned, he doesn’t give it freely, but once acquired, he is one of the funnest kids to be around. You always know where you stand with Kylan. There is no fake actions when it comes to him, and I appreciate his sincerity. My sweet baby who can always make me smile, even when I’m pretty grumpy.
I’m thankful for my Parents-in-law, who are always supportive, and always willing to let me cry on their shoulder when things seem extra hard. I appreciate the fact that I can always talk to them about what I’m thinking and feeling, and I don’t have to worry that it is going to be used against me later. Their love is unconditional, and that is a relationship trait that had not been included an many. I thank them for their son that I love with all my heart, and their daughter, the next one on this list.
I’m thankful for my sister-in-law Robin, who has served as one of my very dearest girl friends these past 11 years. We’ve been able to be there for each other during some pretty hard times in both of our lives. I value your friendship, and respect the woman you’ve become. Even though the our lives are immersed in two separate cities, I know that I can always count on you for a word of encouragement. I hope you know that the same is always available to you.
I am thankful for my baby sister Muriel, who is my closest family member. She was born when I was 10, and I spent an inordinate amount of time taking care of her to the point where to me, she seems really more like a unique combination of a sister, my own child, and a close friend. I love you Muriel. I am so proud of you. You have grown into a strong and beautiful woman. Our little “We are Sisters” song rings forever in my heart. I am thankful for my brother-in-law Trevor who makes my sister so happy.
I am thankful for my brother Daniel, who still talks to me despite how annoying I was as a child. Especially a bored child, who would climb on your back, and bug the crap out of you. I know I was probably difficult for you to stand at times, but in my defense, Mom put me up to some of it.. like stealing your teddy bear George, to get you out of bed in the morning when we were young. 😛 I am thankful that you do still talk to me though, even with all the craziness that makes up our family.
to be continued.. 🙂