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First I have to say I wish I could wrap the world in a big Thanksgiving Hug and end all the problems we are seeing happening all over the world. Alas, I have no magic wand and will have to content myself doing what I can to make a difference.

I am so thankful for family, yes, that includes my pain-in-the-butt sister. Hopefully, one day and with God's help, she'll see what she has done and will change. Hey, I still believe in Santa Clause so there's hope, right! I will get to see my brother and his family when they come to Florida right after Christmas. He has been through so much, it's good to see him being able to enjoy himself for a change. My father's illness and subsequent death seems to have brought him and I closer together, while my sister went the other extreme. My extended family is a blessing and I am so thankful for them and the twins who call me grandma. To make a difference in their lives and watch them grow into beautiful and caring young ladies is a priceless gift that I will treasure always. For my wonderful hubby of almost 8 years, there are no words to express how happy, thankful and proud I am to wear his name. He is the love of my life, my soul mate, my best friend and how he puts up with me, well, he should get a medal! The only regret I have is that we lost his son right before we were married in a horrible car crash. At least I had the opportunity to get to know him and let him know how much he was loved by me and his dad months before that tragic event. My children have made me proud with how they have handled their lives and the way they live life to the fullest. They now have families of their own, no children, but you never know. I could be surprised one day. I tell them that giving me grandchildren is not the most important thing to me. What is important is that they are happy, healthy and living life on their terms and not what others tell them they must do.

My MIL is home, but battling yet another infection, this one in her foot. So far, she is able to be out of the hospital and we keep prayers going that this too shall pass. At 96, we call her the energizer bunny as she is constantly on the go. She hates not being able to do the things she wants to do, but won't give up without a fight, God Bless her. I pray that I have that much strength and get up and go when I get to be that age.

I am now having to see a neurologist for some unexplained headaches and tremors, and having to see someone to see if some other problems I have developed are due to stomach issues or having to deal with the heart, but this too shall pass. Not going to worry too much about things as that will only make matters worse and one's imagination can produce all sorts of nightmares.

Happy Thanksgiving world! May you all enjoy all the best that life has to offer. God's blessings.

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Comment by B J Elder/WA on November 26, 2014 at 1:34pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, my dear friend.  Sorry to hear more health issues are creeping into the picture, but you have such a great attitude about it all.  There is so very much to be thankful for. Life isn't perfect, it never is, but in spite of that the blessings keep flowing. Hugs to you.

Comment by Terri D. on November 25, 2014 at 6:26pm

Thank you all for your comments. I hope that all of you have a fantastic Thanksgiving day, may your travels be safe, the food fantastic, may you be surrounded by the love and laughter of your friends and family and may you all enjoy all the very best that life has to offer. God bless you.

Comment by Barbara Graham on November 25, 2014 at 1:23pm

Enjoy your friends and family on Thanksgiving. Nothing is ever perfect and as you have said, dwelling on things you have no control over will not make them better. Good luck at the neurologist's office.

Comment by Barb/WI on November 25, 2014 at 6:37am

I agree, we do all have so many things in our lives to be grateful for.  Putting them in print really drives that point home.  I hope we all take time to count our blessings every day, and particularly on Thanksgiving.  Maybe that spirit can carry us thru the holiday season.

Comment by Pam/NY on November 25, 2014 at 6:00am

We all have many things to be thankful for if we look deep enough. Have a wonderful day!

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