~~~~~This week of Thanksgiving, I've been thinking a lot about the people in my life who really make a difference. Some in small ways -- a neighbor who organizes the annual Thanksgiving football game in the park, the woman who has been a checker at the local grocery store for years and always has a smile, our milkman who delivers every Monday morning, no matter what. Then there are the big heroes in my life, such as my nephew, RJ. On Thanksgiving morning, I was watching a segment on the Today Show, live from Afghanistan. It brought a lump to my throat, seeing all the soldiers who were smiling and waving to their families on camera. They sacrifice so much so that the rest of us feel safe in our homes. RJ is one of those people. He was only eight years old when his mom, Lois, and my youngest brother, Matt, were married. I've seen RJ and his younger brother, Jason, grow from young boys to young men, and I couldn't be prouder to have them both for my nephews. RJ is now stationed in Afghanistan with the Colorado National Guard. We will miss having him home for the holidays this year. Thanks, RJ, for all that you do!
I'm thankful this week for having my husband home. He's actually at home, as in in town and taking the week off! I'm grateful that he has a job that provides well for us and that he enjoys, and try not to whine too much when it takes him out of town. But sometimes, I do. Whine, that is.
I'm thankful that my eldest son has a new job! A full-time job, with the all-important benefits. He's thankful, and happy, too.
We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at my dad and stepmom's house. Speaking of thankful, I am so very thankful for having Carol in our family. She and my dad have made a wonderful life together, and Carol has made a difference in all our lives. My children think she hung the moon. She's always on top of their interests and all their activities, encouraging and cheering them on. She tutored my son, Luke, in Spanish and was his sponsor for Confirmation. We are all so blessed to have Carol in our family.
I hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving! Today, I pulled out all the Christmas decoration boxes and will spend the rest of the weekend decking the halls.