we tend to forget that happiness doesn't come as a result of getting something we don't have, but rather of recognizing what we do have.- frederick koenig

yes, it's thanksgiving and i'm thankful.  so thankful, i can barely stand it. i try really, really hard to be grateful each and every day...but on this day, a day that highlights being thankful and appreciative, the emotions overwhelm me.  i find myself teary throughout the day, as thoughts of gratefulness consume me. i was going to list some of my gratitude biggies but decided not to, as i don't want to forget anyone or anything.  but you know who you are and i am so, so grateful for you!!  truly and deeply.

on this day, i also go back to last year, when steve was not with us (for seven months), on thanksgiving...and i think about what we have today--together!!  this has been a really, really special assignment for us, where steve is home early almost every day and is an active part of each and every bit of our family.  we get to spend so much time together--time that i absolutely cherish and never want to forget.  next year will most likely involve another deployment and even if it doesn't, it will involve long work hours and time away from the family...which brings me back to being so grateful and cherishing every morsel of today.

i'd also like to say a special thank you to those who are not able to be with their loved ones today.  thank you for your strength through this holiday time and your days apart!!

i am so very blessed! i am extremely thankful!

happy thanksgiving everyone!!