By Cathy Thurber

 In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I’ve been thinking about all the things I am thankful for.  Big things.  Little things.  It almost starts sounding like a song in my head after a while (these are a few of my favorite things….).  I encourage everyone to reflect on what brings joy and peace to your life every day.  Here’s what I am thankful for:

     – My family (of course).  I have the best husband and kids. Not to mention everyone else.

     – My friends, who put up with me.  Some of them are my family AND my friends, so they have double duty.  Lucky them!

     -My dog.  He’s always excited to see me and wags his tail with love.  I always tell my kids that the dog is my favorite child.

     -A car that is still able to drive me to work, even though it’s getting old.

     -My job.  There are still so many people out there that don’t have a job – either they can’t get one or they’ve stopped trying.  Either way, I’m thankful I have one where I work with some really great people.

     -Family that has passed away in the last few years.  Each of them made an impact on my life in one way or another and I can’t be thankful enough that I knew them.

     -The life I have led be it exhilarating, painful, joyful, or mundane at times.  Everything happens for a reason.

     -Those in the military that protect and serve.  They are the true heroes.

     -The changing seasons.  I’m lucky enough to live in an area where I get to see each season change.  I can smell Spring coming, Summer’s heat, the bite of Autumn in the air, and when snow may be coming during Winter.  Not everyone gets to do this.

     -Pizza, hot and fresh out of them oven.  I mean, really, is there anything better?  Well, maybe ice cream.  That’s kind of a toss-up.

     -Laughing children, hugs and kisses, a good book, a great pair of shoes, knowing that I’m loved no matter what, time by myself, and sarcasm.  How could I live without those?

What are you thankful for?

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