Eight Things I’m Thankful for This Year

Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day (one of the two holidays of the year that are really important to me, the other being Christmas), I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the eight things over the last year that I’m most thankful for.

I’m thankful for my family. My wife, my son, and my daughter are the center of my life. Every day, each one of them does something that fills me with joy and makes me realize that my life is a wonderful one.

I’m thankful for the conception and early health of our third child. He’s healthy (as far as we can tell), happy (he moved around a lot during the ultrasound and appeared to “wave” at us), and he’ll be arriving before we know it.

I’m thankful that the economic downturn wasn’t apocalyptic. I firmly believed that this wouldn’t happen, but when there’s a concern that’s shared by a lot of people I care about, I am still quite relieved when it does not come to pass.

I’m thankful for the success of The Simple Dollar. Over the last year, I’ve connected with countless people and added tens of thousands of readers. I have no idea why this has happened, but I’m glad that it has.

I’m thankful that my first book was published and the manuscript for my second book was completed. Last December, my first book was published and appeared in stores. Early this month, I handed in my manuscript for my second one. Both were small miracles in their own right.

I’m thankful for a sense of humor. Without humor, I don’t think I would be able to deal with much of the craziness that life can deal out.

I’m thankful for my ability to write. Without the ability to come up with ideas and translate them into words, I would never have the opportunities I have in life.

I’m thankful for my recovery from my illness. Last Thanksgiving, I was just starting to feel the effects of the single worst illness I’ve ever had in my life. There were times where I truly doubted that I would ever recover from it, but eventually I did.

What are you most thankful for over the last year in your life?

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  1. James says:

    We’re thankful for you Trent! Have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Peter says:

    I’m thankful for my beautiful wife, a nice place to call home, the growth of my blog over the past year, a new nephew and god-child and for the vast number of blessings I’ve received this year!

  3. Im thankful for my husband, and our super fun kids, and God for the abundant blessings he brings us both physically and otherwise.

  4. Johanna says:

    I’m thankful that I have a job, that I don’t have the flu, and that Sarah Palin is not Vice President.

  5. Courtney says:

    I’m thankful for my husband, who is truly the best husband and father and always makes our family his first priority. He is up and working hard before dawn to support our family so that I can be a stay-at-home mom.
    I’m thankful for our three kids, who have blessed us beyond our wildest dreams.
    I’m thankful that even though this economic downturn is far from over, we have plenty of food and a paid-for roof over our heads.
    I’m thankful for all those in the military who put their lives on the line to protect our freedom.
    And I’m thankful that this little interlude in our political history will most likely come to a screeching halt on Election Day 2010.

  6. Misty K. says:

    I am thankful that we have a house and jobs.I am thankful for common sense and the ability to not be so materialistic. I am also thankful for the ability to forgive, because without it life would not be as great as it is.

  7. I’m thankful that throughout all of the financial turmoil, I still get a paycheck every two weeks and I am able to pay all of my bills in addition to being able to save for retirement and my wants and needs.
    – SingleGuyMoney

  8. Jen says:

    My superb boyfriend, my amazingly wonderful friends, my beloved theater company and their decision to produce my script, my lifesaving temp agency, and my formerly robust emergency fund. :-)

  9. Matt says:

    I’m thankful for the strength of my wife and my children. Considering the struggles emotionally both of my daughters go through being adopted and coming to terms with their self-worth and self-esteem, we all grow stronger as we learn through each other. My wife also maintains a balance between teaching them the life skills our girls need while also starting the healing that needs to take place with their birth families.

    I’m also thankful to have a supportive work environment who know you need to balance career aspirations and a home life.

  10. friend says:

    Hi Johanna, I agree with you wholeheartedly today. Happy Thanksgiving.

  11. Craig Ford says:

    There are so many things to be thankful for. The items at the top of my list are my faith, my wife, and my three amazing kids.

  12. Amanda says:

    I am thankful for my wonderful husband, who works long hours at a not-fun job to support us and allow me to SAH.

    I am thankful for my dad, who nearly died during an illness Thanksgiving 2005. He is still with us, and coming to my home today to share dinner with us.

    I am thankful my stepmom won her battle with cancer in 2008.

    I am thankful for my two smart, wacky, beautiful children.

  13. littlepitcher says:

    Work! I may cuss it, get filthy from it, occasionally resent it, but by and large, I enjoy it, and will dance through the ritual of cooking Thanksgiving dinner today.
    Grateful I can write–it’s something I have had stolen, can give away, and sometimes it helps someone who needs assistance.
    Health and technology. I’d be dead (or dead bored) without it. Word processing programs are a continual miracle to anyone who learned typing on a manual machine and hated every moment of its use.
    Trent, I’m totally grateful you are writing and making money at it. We learn so much from your experience and interest!

  14. Paula says:

    Well, I am thankful for my husband, son, our families and friends. We are going through tough times right now. My husband lost his job last week and was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes just a few days ago, but I believe that things will get better soon. I have a good job and my husband has a chance to finish his degree in the spring, which he has wanted to do for some time now.

  15. Kate says:

    My family, my health, my eyes, and the last part of Johanna’s post.

  16. Patty says:

    I’m thankful that I awoke today – another opportunity to help those around me, give love, comfort and encouragement, and really look to be a little better than I was yesterday.

  17. NYC reader says:

    I’m thankful for my restored health, for my landing a new job, and for good lifelong friends with whom I shared a meal today.

    I’m also thankful for Johanna’s wise words. So often she writes what I am thinking, and takes lots of heat in the process. I raise my glass to toast her, Shevy, Trent, and the rest of the community on TSD. I don’t post often but I read all the time.

  18. Louise says:

    I’m thankful for the continued good health of all of those I love. I’m thankful for my family, my home, our freedom from debt, and for my health (just recovered from pneumonia). I’m especially thankful for my 12 yr. old son, my only child, who brings me joy, wonder and humor almost every day.

    I’m also thankful for you, Trent! So perhaps you’ll tell us what scary illness you were battling last Thanksgiving. Then we can be doubly thankful, not only that you beat it, but that you can be an example of hope to others who come up against it.

    And finally, I, too, am grateful that Palin is not Vice-President this year!

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