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A Watershed Thanksgiving

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I love the start of the holiday season from Halloween through New Years. Out of all the holidays though, Thanksgiving has always been my favorite. The fragrant, delicious traditions of my mother’s cooking, the memories of colorful televised parades, fire engine Santas waving and throwing candy to children standing in front of their homes, and everyone sitting around afterwards stuffed, watching football. There are so many good memories of Thanksgiving growing up that I can’t help but be grateful as I prepared this year for our family holiday dinner.

Being grateful was always a part of the Grace. “Bless us, O Lord for these thy gifts, which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.” As a child, ‘thy gifts’, usually meant the food. As an adult, I understood it to mean, everything we receive is through Christ. With God, everything we receive or experience, good and bad, has important meaning to our lives and the reason for our being. As I cleaned and cooked,

I told God that I am thankful for family. My parents, who created our family and gave us their love, their experiences and memories growing up in two countries during the war, their work ethic, and for their Catholic faith. I learned from my parents how to be a parent. I learned from my brother and sisters what is important in life. I grew up wanting to make my family important. I asked God to keep them close.

I told God thank you for giving me a family of beautiful, healthy children that have grown into smart, responsible, hard-working adults and for their loving spouses who together have brought into this world beautiful and healthy grandchildren. I asked God to be with my children and bless their they bring up their families responsibly.

I told God thank you for my husband, my rock, my knight in shining armor. Through my husband, I have been blessed with a beautiful stepdaughter and a loving second family, Through him, I know what unconditional love is and that my family is stronger for having him in our lives. I asked God to continue to bless our marriage and show us how to be good examples of love for our children.

I told God that I am thankful for my family overseas, friends here and around the world, my peers, and my enemies. Through their touching my life, I have been blessed with love, support, and strength. I asked God to bless their lives.

I told God that I am thankful for the brave men and women who are fighting and have fought to build and protect this country. I asked God to protect them in their mission and to comfort the families of those who have committed their lives in the ultimate sacrifice of love and duty.

The last three months, surviving cancer, I have been focused on my health. I told God that I am grateful for that health, and for living in the United States of America. I can tell you through my experiences, this country is blessed with the best, most compassionate, most generous doctors, medical scientists, and health care workers in the world. I asked God to bless them as they give unselfishly of their services, ability, knowledge, and time to those in need and in sickness here in the United States and around the world.

This Thanksgiving was a watershed moment in my life, literally in more ways than one. As traumatic as it has been the last three months, every moment and contact has given me insight into the true meaning of love, what really matters, and who will be there for you when it really counts. Thank God that circumstances allow me to be here longer to see our grandchildren grow up, to be there for our children, to experience life with my husband, and the opportunity to strive to protect the future of our country. For my families’ sake.

For that I will celebrate with thanksgiving to God the rest of my days.


Written by smalltalkwitht

November 29, 2009 at 1:00 pm

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  1. A beautiful tribute to our Creator~one full of gratitude. Family, friends are the essence of life and the ever flowing grace of God, his mercy, love is what keeps us going even through the most difficult of times. Bless you for sharing this journey, your faith. May your trials and tribulations continue to make you stronger~ peace be with you~

    Erica Coyle

    November 29, 2009 at 3:23 pm

  2. You have put to paper what most of us feel but don’t know how to express. We buy Hallmark cards, instead. There are so many things and people to be thankful for and you are one of those people, that only needs to be introduced ONCE, and your mark becomes indelible upon our hearts!! I did not know about your illness, I will pray for you; as YOU always pray for OTHERS.


    November 29, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    • Thank you Krissy. You mean so much to me.


      November 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm

  3. God Bless you, T. You and yours are in my prayers. There is no way cancer will win against a fiery red head like you! I just know you are going to kick ass and take names and beat this!


    November 29, 2009 at 7:19 pm

  4. Glad your back “T”. Sending you belated birthday wishes,continued prayers and hugs (((T))).


    December 3, 2009 at 1:47 am

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