Here it is 10:30pm and I am just sitting down to write the first of my 31 Days of Thanks. I woke up this morning at 4:30am – already thinking of what I would write on the first day. I had so many thoughts but I forced myself to wait and go through the day first. And now here I am – being really thankful that I will have a comfortable bed to go to sleep in shortly. While that is a one thing I am thankful for right now, my gratitude runs much deeper for these special people in my life:
This picture was taken at Harkness Park last December – a couple of days after Christmas. At the time I was not sure it was a good idea. So soon? Have a family picture taken without Mike? It turned out to be a wonderful idea. These are the people I thank God for every day. I pray for them and my heart overflows with love for them. I experience great joy when I am with them. They have seen me at my best and at my worst. When I feel like others may not understand my grief struggles, they do. We share memories. I can look at each one of them and see Mike’s imprint, whether it is a smile, a posture, an opinion, or a way of saying something. Mike is present in each one.
By choosing to be vulnerable in our grief, it allows us to share each other’s burdens. Unconditional love is a great gift. To experience it is a blessing. And I am thankful.
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up…” 1 Thessalonians 5:11