Things I’m Thankful For This Year

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

I’m thankful for my oldest son, who shows astounding maturity and thoughtfulness for his age. With almost every action, he not only demonstrates hos own trustworthiness, but sets a tremendous example for his friends and particularly for his younger siblings.

I’m thankful for my daughter, whose boundless energy and creativity bring a smile to my face and interesting thoughts to my mind many times each day. She has a wonderful budding alto voice, an incredible sense of rhythm, and the ability to draw things that are filled not just with the colorful simplicity of a happy child, but with little samples of a deeper thoughtfulness and artistic sensibility.

I’m thankful for my youngest son, whose happiness and humor add levity to almost every challenging family situation. Whenever anyone in our family is sad or upset, it is our youngest who is there to offer a hug or a funny face or anything else he can provide to bring that sad person back to happiness.

I’m thankful for my wife, Sarah. She is the stable rock upon which our family rests. She takes care of so many little things each day that make all of our lives run well, and she does it with humor, grace, and beauty.

I’m thankful for my readers, whose notes and emails keep me mindful of the many, many different situations that people face in the world today and provide a constant reminder of the joy of writing about improving one’s finances and life.

I’m thankful for the time I’ve had lately to work on some of my creative writing projects. My dream is to publish novels, and with every passing day that dream comes closer.

I’m thankful for my parents and for Sarah’s parents, who are constant sources of wonderful advice and encouragement – and sometimes a helping hand when someone in my family needs it most.

I’m thankful for the close friends that I have, particularly the friend who was the best man at my wedding and has been one of the most reliable constants in my life for a very long time.

I’m thankful for a world that grows more accepting of the differences between us, evne if that change is sometimes slow and difficult. With every passing year, we seem to make more steps forward than backward as we head towards a world where our differences don’t drive us apart, but make us all better.

I hope that your Thanksgiving is wonderful and full of the people you care about.

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