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A lot to be thankful for

Like many people this time of year, I am reflecting on all the blessings in my life. So, as I did last year, I want to list the many, many things I am thankful for.

  • Jordan. To think I did not want kids and could have missed out on her. She is truly my greatest blessing.
  • Brian. We drive each other crazy more than we should. And sometimes we want to run the other way, far, far away. But he is a good husband, father, cook, and handyman who is doing the best he can. And he just walked in with wine coolers!
  • Family. Jordan and Brian are at the top of my list, but I am also blessed to have the rest of my relatives, especially my mom, dad, brothers and their families.
  • Friends and acquaintances. I have many (more of the latter) and for that I am lucky.
  • Faith. It gets me through tough times and often helps me better appreciate the good times.
  • Health. We have been blessed by relative good health, aches and pains notwithstanding.
  • Home. Unfortunately there are people out there who don't have a place to live. I thank God we do.
  • Food. We have food on the table and I love to eat. And Thanksgiving is the best holiday for that.
  • Brian's job. This year I cannot include my job in my thankful list. But fortunately Brian is still working. Others are not so lucky.
  • Not working. The lack of money part is crappy, but I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend all this time with Jordan. I know it will come to an end before too long, but for now I feel blessed to be able to do all I do because of it.
  • Money in the bank. I really thought we would have dipped into our savings by now, but thanks to careful spending, subbing, and continued unemployment comp (which, I know, is taking from the government, which is really taking from the taxpayers), we are doing okay.
  • The Steelers and the Pens. We have two championships already this year to be thankful for. Who else can say that?
  • Pitt and Penn State. Both the schools and the football teams. Yep, I said Pitt first again.
  • JoePa. He gets his own mention. I just love him!
  • Music. Singing, listening to it, my church choir, the radio. And even Christmas songs in early November.
  • HD TV and a DVR. I will give up a lot of things before those two things go. I am serious.
  • Being in shape. I think I am in pretty good cardiovascular shape. I can run almost three miles and could keep going, if not for my aches and pains.
  • The Burgh. Glad I live here. Enough said.
  • Kelly Frye and her husband Jason's baby Bennett beating the odds. Hope he continues.
  • Amy from Callapitter getting support from many people and comfort in ways she may not have expected. I will be thinking of her this time of year.
  • Hope and optimism.

Happy Turkey Day. May God (or who- or whatever you believe in) keep you safe and full of hope this Thanksgiving and holiday season.


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