Thanksgiving season is the time to think about and revisit all of the things that we are grateful for that happened throughout the year, and perhaps even this season alone. Even though this is an older post, it is one of my more personal, as is fitting for the season.
I am for sure thankful for the most obvious of blessings. These are my husband, who is always here for me. He is a faithful friend, and the best life partner a girl can have. Then there’s my children, including my son-in-law–all of them are smart and kind, and are working hard at making it in this world. And lastly, my grandson, Kieran. He is the absolute best at giving hugs and kisses, and telling all of us “I like you and I love you”. Tell me that wouldn’t brighten an otherwise dreary day!
Here’s a photo of Todd and I on the Universal Studios Tour in early November 2018.
Our little immediate family (left to right: Abi, Danny, Richard and Allie, Todd,
and Kieran is in the front). It’s one of the only pics I have of my family all
together, though we do spend time together quite a bit!
I didn’t mention her before, but I would be terribly remiss not to mention my beautiful mother-in-law, the best one you could have. Her name is Jody, and she has been a faithful friend and mom to me for 30 years. Kieran, my sweet grandson, is with her, as he always is when she is around. He loves her dearly, as we all do.
This year has been a bit of a tough one for our family, because we lost our beloved Grandma Esther. She was over 90 years old, so she did have a good, long life, but she was a light in the family that we all hated to see flicker out. She was a wonderful lady who loved her family immensely and tirelessly worked to get us all together, until she just couldn’t anymore. She loved to come to our place and hold the baby goats, and I’m so happy that she was able to do that a couple of months before she passed.
A couple more things I’d like to mention: I’m so thankful for where we live. We live in Southern California, and I used to think that I’d like to leave, but I’ve found that I probably would never love anywhere else like I love SoCal. Sure, we have lots of fires and rules, but I love it here, as it is a beautiful place to be, the weather is generally temperate and the growing season is year-round. Can’t beat it.
Here are a few photos of what Todd and I enjoyed last weekend at Perris Lake.
There are obviously so many other things in our lives that I can be thankful for: my faith in God that is growing again since I am no longer on antidepressants, our (more) extended family, our hobby farm, and that we can feed ourselves with some of the food we produce here, my close friends (new and old), and so much more. Alas, there just isn’t enough time to count all of my blessings, but I do hope you’ve enjoyed reading about some of my greatest ones.
Thanks for reading. If you are interested in continuing to read more, this post is part of the Thankful Bloggers Loop roundup. Please click the links below the graphic to read what my friends are thankful for in 2018.
What I Am Thankful for, and Why We Should Be Thankful Every Day
Why I’m Thankful to Be Homesteading
A Day of Thanks