It's the day before Thanksgiving. Why is it that Thanksgiving is the day that smacks you in the face and makes you think about why you are grateful. Do you every ask yourself why don't we think about this every day? Now I have to admit, that was me last Thanksgiving. The day that I sat down and thought why I was so thankful. But not any more. I think about my gratitude and my blessings everyday. One of the many lessons I have learned since that dreadful night last December.
So tonight on this Thanksgiving Eve, I thought I would share a few things I am so grateful for:
- My Life.
- My children.
- My hardworking husband.
- Andrew having his last surgery on Tuesday and that he is finally DONE!
- Raising $1800 to help kick off Brett's Blessings foundation and all the people that helped bake the baked goods.
- Phone calls and text messages to see how my day is going even though it's been almost a year.
- A Safe Place to Heal.
- Journey of Hope
- A friend that got my $700 speedometer repair work done under warranty.
- Old friends that have stuck by me through thick and thin, even though I may be an emotional wreck.
- New friends that don't questions my motives and support me as if they have known me for years.
- Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips law firm and Cindy Grossman for helping me set up Brett's Blessings foundation and doing it pro bono!
- My neighborhood and the people in it.
- Stonebridge United Methodist Church.
- Facebook - for all the many resources it offers.
My list could go on and on, but then I would be here all night.
I must admit it's hard to be thankful during this holiday because I am still grieving so much and Brett is constantly in my thoughts. The holidays are really tough. The anniversary of Brett's death is soon approaching and Christmas is just around the corner. But what I have realized is that I was given four in a half years of love and joy from my sweet little man. Something that can never be taken from me although he was taken too soon.
So I challenge yourself when you wake up every morning to ask yourself what you are thankful for. Unfortunately, life happens at a blink of an eye. You should cherish the moments - always.
I leave you with this beautiful picture of all three of the kids from last Thanksgiving. So happy and grateful that I have this picture to remember it. Love you Brett. I hope God is saving you a turkey leg.