Gratitude and Determination

Minecraft TurkeyI know I’m not alone when I share that gratitude’s been on my mind. Tis the season, right?

My family has a great deal to be thankful for this year.

I looked around at the Thanksgiving table and realized we were blessed to all be there. Just a few short months ago, we weren’t sure we would all be present.

My mother’s unthinkable accident shook us, but her miraculous recovery and determination has been inspiring. She goes back to work tomorrow which is truly amazing.

My grandmother is 91. She drove herself to my parent’s house on Thanksgiving morning and made the gravy.

Her strength must have trickled down to my mother and most likely to my sister and me-especially during the hard times.

It’s sometimes too easy for me to get tied up in the day-to-day stress of  broken dishwashers and late night work hours.

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been pushed to my limits by too many “I Will in a minute” and “No thank you” that I forget to sit with my gratitude and realize this all goes by too quickly.

We’ve been having frequent discussions about if and when we need to help our 16 1/2 terrier pass on. I’m grateful she’s been with us this long. Just when I think it’s time she bounces back, determined to show us her fight.

Gratitude and determination are easy to overlook when my mind gets cluttered and my to do list gets too long, but they’re a part of me and my family tree.


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