Over the past three days I have been trying to compose this post without getting syrupy and maudlin about it.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.
For a girl lost in the world of the Welfare System growing up in foster homes I have been blessed with many gifts that I cherish dearly today. None of these gifts are material in nature. The girl I once was longed for a family and friends. I had a fierce desire for belonging and knowing safety and love. Today, I am especially thankful for the abundance of riches I have.
My life can be likened to the rippling effect of a stone thrown in water. The ever increasing circles radiate outward from the center. Each ring is connected to the one before it and to the source of the initial impact.
I am totally surrounded by family and friends that bring me joy on a daily basis. That little girl from long ago has finally realized her dream and I am thankful for each and every person that has made my dream and wish a reality.
My girls, Carissa and Heidi Jo, are happy and in good relationships. These two girls amaze me each day as they become adult women with amazing hearts. I am thankful they were given to me to watch them grow and be a part of their lives. Carissa’s husband, Jaime, is such a good man with a huge heart. His quiet and strong ethical character allow me to sit back knowing my daughter is in good hands.
My husband, Joe, is the love of my life and has been instrumental (along with Carissa) in teaching me what real love and family is all about.
My sister, Pati, and her husband, Les, have blessed my life by coming back into it after so many years of being lost to me. I am thankful to have my sister and the struggles sisters go through in being family.
My kids, albeit they are Joe’s, imbue my life with richness in their way. Tiffany has given me a grandson that I adore and a Son-In-Law that makes me laugh at his antics and acerbic wit. Joseph melts my heart each time he calls and says “Hi Ma. Whatcha doin’?” Curtis and his wife, Brenda, make me happy with their quiet ways and the love they freely give. Loreli makes me laugh with her renditions of self deprecating humor at her attempts to be cool under pressure and pulls it off 🙂 Loreli has Chad, who is a good foil to her confidence and strength, and he is a wonderful guy in his own right. Aaron and his girlfriend, Krasi (Kressa), I don’t get to see very often but when I do they bring me a great deal of joy.
My Internet friends have expanded my life with their love and support. Nancy from Canada and Shelly from Illinois are two that have been stolid supporters of me from my first forays into the world of YouTube and crafting. Jann, from Tennessee, has embraced me with her friendship, talents, and guidance in being a better crafter. Maureen, from Texas, has included me in her family life and made mine richer with her humor, wit, and cookies :-). Lynn, from the United Kingdom, has become a kindred spirit in the parallel lives we have lead in our quest to live a good life, and it doesn’t hurt that she can make me laugh so hard that I choke myself. Shar, from New Zealand, pops in from time to time with her brand of friendship that I cherish. Indira, from the Dominican Republic, blesses my life with her friendship as well.
I am thankful for each and every person that is in my life. Material riches are nothing compared to the abundance I have in my life through the people that are in it. Truly, I have been “gifted” with the good and perfect gifts of life that mean more to me than any material possession could possibly fill.
Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone of you.