This has been quite some year. As I think back to the last full year in my 20s a lot has happened, but I also have a lot to be thankful for.
People say that Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful, but I find I am much more appreciative during Christmas.
This has been one of those trying years, but as I look back have a lot to be thankful for.
First of all I'm thankful for my family. I have a great nuclear and extended family. I'm thankful I have been given another year with them. The family grew as my brother and sister-in-law had their baby, the first grandchild in the family and my first nephew.
This past year I also married a wonderful man, whom I am thankful for, and who added to the family size. We had a wonderful wedding filled with family and friends, followed by a honeymoon along the California coast.
I'm thankful for our kids (two black pugs), who went missing last summer for two weeks. Without giving up, we were able to locate them in an orchard in Grandview. I still have people ask if we got them back and how they are doing.
I'm thankful for my health. This has been a very trying issue for me this year. A week before I got married I had trouble with my eyes that caused severe pain and vision loss. Later in the summer, I came down with a virus that wiped me out one way or another for most of the summer. I'm thankful that doctors were finally able to determine what was causing the illness, even if they weren't able to give me anything to treat it.
I've been blessed with employment. Sometimes work may not seem like a blessing, but when you hear about people around the country losing their jobs you look at employment in a whole different light.
Lastly, I'm thankful I live in a small town surrounded by friends. There is nothing like the personal attention you receive when you live in small town America. Whether going to the grocery store or buying a gallon of gas there is hardly ever a time I leave the house I don't see someone I know.
I know some prefer the lack of a personal touch the big cities have to offer, but in my mind there is very little that compares to how small townsfolk make you feel like your are at home. And the feeling of home is something to be thankful for.