Thankful for Boys

I thought I would have daughters. All of my cousins have daughters, and while I have one brother, the people in my family just seem to have girls. I had no scientific reason for thinking I’d have daughters, I just assumed I would. I’ve been naming future daughters in my head since I was in junior high school. It’s probably better I didn’t have daughters as “Sterling Penny” and “America Freedom” aren’t as pretty as I once thought they were.

I have boys. Two beautiful, snuggly, smart, hysterical boys. I am thankful every day for those two precious beings, and I thank God every day that he gave them to me. I play with their sweet toes and smell their little heads and try to freeze the moment in my mind so that I can continue to be thankful for them when they are stinky teenagers who don’t want to be snuggled. I am so thankful for my boys.

Thankful for Warriors

I am thankful for the women and men who take up arms when they are called. I am thankful for the warriors who protect us overseas, in our backyards, and in the virtual world. My family is full of these warriors and some of them are in harm’s way now. I pray for them even as I am thankful for them. Thank you!

Thankful for Democracy

I am thankful for Democracy. I appreciate that we live in a country that can change governments every 2-4 years without a shot fired. I am thankful for the men who established our country in the first place, for the women who fought so I could vote, and for the men and women who fought so that people of all races could vote.

If I had written this post on Monday, the day before the election, there would have been a lot of hope along with my thankfulness. As it is, two days after the election, I am resigned along with thankful.

I vote every year. I vote for the candidate I think would do the most good and most closely represent my wishes for the country. I take the time to learn about the candidates and vote accordingly (or for neither). I am thankful I get to participate in the process. I am thankful we have a democracy to participate in.

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Thankful for Donors

I try every day to be a grateful person. November is a hard month for me, but making a conscious effort to stay grateful helps me through it. This month, as daily as I can manage it, I’ll share the things I am thankful for. I started this one yesterday, but still wanted to share it.

Several times in the last few months, I’ve attended ceremonies to honor someone who made the choice to donate their organs after their death. They weren’t people I knew, but I’m glad I got to honor their decision. I’m already an organ donor, and I recently got William to sign up on the registry. There are more than 100,000 people currently on the waiting list for an organ. People whose lives could be saved if you clicked a few buttons on a website. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to sign up to be an organ donor. Visit www.organ.org for more information and to become a donor!