Ten Things I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Today’s a great day to step back and reflect on the positive things that have happened in our life over the past year and the things that bring joy into your life. Here are ten things I’m thankful for today.

I’m thankful for the laughter of my infant son, the bright smile that often comes up on his face, and the look of peace on his face as he sleeps.

I’m thankful for the smile of my daughter, her growing wit, and her ability to bring levity to any situation.

I’m thankful for the growing insight of my son and his already-appearing leadership abilities while still retaining a wonderful sense of caring for others.

I’m thankful for the friendships I’ve been able to build over the past year, particularly the one I’ve built with the husband of one member of our wedding party.

I’m thankful for my readers who have given me the opportunity to write for a living, provide constant feedback and support, and constantly surprise me with their generosity.

I’m thankful for my ongoing health, even as I understand how tenuous it all really is.

I’m thankful for the ability to spend these days surrounded by people I care about.

I’m thankful for beginning to learn how to express myself in musical form, something that I never understood prior to this year. Thank you, Diane.

I’m thankful for the opportunities I have to discuss difficult and sensitive topics with understanding people who won’t judge my perspectives and are seeking answers, just as I am. Thank you, Heidi.

Perhaps most of all, I’m thankful for my wife, who is the yin to my yang in every way. I didn’t understand what it meant to have someone “complete” you until after being with her for many years. She is wonderful, in every sense of the word.

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  1. Jeremy Day says:

    Hi Trent,

    Great post about Thanksgiving! As a single person yet to be married and have kids, I am always amazed to see just how happy and thankful people are to have a family. It certainly makes me envious.

    I am about to do my own Thanksgiving write up and I have to say the #1 thing I am thankful for is my family as well.

    Happy Thanksgiving to and your family, and to all the readers of your blog and their families!


  2. David says:

    Our fathers ate quahogs and corn yet
    That gourmets would scorn through a lorgnette.
    For this kind of living
    They invented Thanksgiving -
    I’m thankful I hadn’t been born yet.

    Ogden Nash, for whose perspective and the expression thereof we should all be thankful.

  3. Patty says:

    Best to you Trent and your family – may you be blessed with health, joy and peace, Keep up the great writting.

  4. littlepitcher says:

    I’m thankful that you spend your time researching and writing this column, and very thankful that you have created your own job and make a living from it. Happy (late, enjoy the leftovers!) Thanksgiving to all y’all.

  5. Susan says:

    I am thankful for your blog, Trent. Please know that it improves my quality of life. May your life, and that of your family, continue to be blessed just as you bless those around you!

  6. Jayfish says:

    Lovely post, Trent. Reinforces the idea that it is the people and relationships that are important to our lives, and not the “stuff”. Thank you for your efforts to improve the quality of our lives by reminding us of that which is most important.

  7. Deborah says:

    Amen, Trent. You are indeed a blessed a man.

  8. Louise says:

    I was relieved to see your wife at the end of this piece. I was getting worried that you’d forget her but, obviously, you didn’t. A lovely tribute! You are very lucky to have such a wonderful partner; your relationship is to be envied.

  9. deRuiter says:

    Great post and great sentiment! Thank you for a winner!

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