What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving? We all have the traditional lists of home, church, food, our beds, a job – and many other worthy things. But what is in my heart every day of the year – not only on this one day set aside for thankfulness? My family. Ritchey, my precious husband of almost 37 years. How small and lonely my life would have been without him. And those happy faces in the above photo! Linton and Kate our children, Todd (our more son, than son-in-law) and Julian, our adored grandson. And one not seen in the picture, a new grandchild to be born June 22nd. My entire life has revolved around these people. Yes, I worked for twenty-five years and enjoyed my job, but that was not my highest priority. Taking care of Linton and Kate while they were small, giving them all the love and confidence they would need to make it on their own; and keeping Julian until he started school in August, repeating that process with him. All my heart and soul is infused with loving these people – and for that privilege I am eternally grateful.
So while we enjoy a luscious family feast tomorrow, and count blessings for which we are thankful, let us always remember our family – the past and the present. If one of our ancestors had died before passing on their genes to us, we would not be who we are today. And that goes for us, who now pass on a reassembled set of those same precious genes, shared with those of new members of the family, to a new and upcoming generation. Family is everything!