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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

For all things, give thanks

What a reflective time of year Thanksgiving is. To me, it is a time to reflect on what life has given us and all we have to be thankful for, sometimes even in the fog.

First and foremost I am thankful for the amazing blessing God granted us with, that is sleeping her her bed as she tells me "love you mom" about 78 times while she rocks with her daddy!! Her life's journey leaves me speechless. To think of what she has been through, and the sacrifice she has made in her life so that others may learn lessons is humbling to say the least. She has taught me so much, and even though we pray her fight with cancer is over forever, she will never cease to teach me lessons because of it. I know that may sound cheesy and "put-on", but those of you who know what I mean...know what I mean. And, lucky for those who don't and think these are just words!!!

I am thankful for my amazing husband. Chad is by far the hardest working person I know, hands down. He sacrifices for this family daily, and to him it is just what he does. He regularly will leave for work before 4:00am so he is able to pick Charli up from daycare by 5:30pm that night. He does this without complaint. He is the best dad I could have ever dreamed of for Charli, and she loves him with all her heart! It is easy to see that these two are a pair for life!!

My family will always remain top on my list!! My brother and sisters, no matter the distance are always the most supportive of my family! We were founded by amazing parents, who didn't get any credit when it was most deserved...and we will spend the rest of our lives trying to make that up to them I am sure!

I am grateful for my job - which allows me to work with neat-neat people!! I have the opportunity to see the most amazing families on a regular basis, and my life has been forever changed!! (and the girls I work with make it a "little" fun too!!!)

There are so many things I could list and go on about! I am thankful for foundations who make it their mission to help kids like Charli, for past cancer research, and all survivors. I am thankful for my three sister-in-laws who add so much to my life! I thank God for a roof over my head, wheels under my feet, and a warm home to spend my nights. There are many things in life that may be far from perfect, but who needs perfect when you have all the things I have listed above!! Thank you to EVERYONE who has taught me it isn't what you don't have that makes your is realizing what you have, that no one else can even see!! Life is good, and God is great! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I would love to get comments about a few things YOU are thankful for.

Oh...these are a few pictures of BEAUTIFUL flowers my husband sent me for our anniversary last week!! What a sweet surprise!!


Anonymous said...

This is my first posting on your blog, but I thought it would be a great one to finally start with: I am thankful for my sister in law too, she is a wonderful inspiration. I am thankful for all my beautiful neices and nephews (what a great year!), my Borg family, my Grassmeyer family, my husband Randy who was taught well by his 3 sisters, and my precious little boy Cohen and our new little bundle on its way. There is so much more to be thankful for, Happy Thanksgiving!

Deqlan said...

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! we to are grateful for Deqlan who remains NED FOR OUR LORDS GUIDANCE AND HEALING and for wonderful family and friends like you! God Bless Mark Samm Deqlan Logan

Conrad, Megan and Our Precious Keaton said...

Happy Thanksgiving dear Preister Family, I am thankful for my precious son Keaton who makes we want to be the best person I can be, the best mother I can be and the best christian I can be! I am thankful for my dear husband Conrad who is the best father and husband I could of asked for and of coarse my beautfiul gaurdian angels my parents and Samm and Mark and my awesome Deqlan!!! Wow what this little boy has taught us all - I am honored to be his aunt and Godmother! I cannot wait to share all the amazing stories of the bible with him and teach him of our Great Lord who has Healed him!!!!! NED forever my sweet Deqlan! And of coarse little Charli - NED Forever!!!! And all the NB Warriors... I prayer for you every day for a cure, for a easier cross to carry and for pure happiness in their lives.... Anyway before I go on and on (and I could) I will say goodbye and thank you for all that you do for all the NB families (All around the world!!!!) God bless you all! Conrad, Megan and Keaton (Aunt to Deqlan) South Africa

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Great posting and beautiful flowers from Chad! I am thankful for my wonderful husband and son, my family and Eric's family and for great friends like you!! I hope you have a great weekend!!

rhenda Elsayed said...

happy thanksgiving to you, your family and your beautiful daughter!may you be blessed with happiness and health always,I am thankful for my husband and four kids, my youngest is 17 months old and a fighter! he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma at the wee age of 7 weeks last year,and so far doing well.feel free to visit his page at caringbridge/alielsayed.take care rhenda and family

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Brenda for the reminder to be thankful. God is so good and I am so grateful. May he continue to hold all our families and friends close as this year comes to an end and the new year begins. Of the many, many things I am thankful, Charli and Chad are 3 very important ones on my list...HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! :o)


The Hudcaps said...

Great thoughts. We have alot to be thankful for.

Rachelle said...

Beautiful thoughts, Brenda! Thank you for sharing. I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving!

stacy from michigan said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Wishing you and your family a wonderful "fastly-approaching" holiday season. I am thankful for those who continue to remind me to look for the little things that are right in front of us that make life so special. I continue to hold your family in my heart and prayers.
P.S. Beautiful Posting...thank you!

Anonymous said...

My beautiful daughter-- you amaze me more everyday. Sometimes I wonder if I could have raised you.
You are such an inspiration to me. Bless you and your family.......and know that I am truly Thankful for you all!!

Natalie said...

Love your post as usual! I am thankful for my husband, Corey, my cute puppy, Jojo...who fills a special part of my heart, my family (including in-laws),my friends, and the fact that I still have my life to live. This past year has been crazy, but I know that it has all happened for a bigger reason than I can even imagine...I am thankful to God for giving me so many things to be thankful for!