|painting by Megan Miller|
It's the time of year for each of us to reflect on what we're thankful for.
It's also that time of year that is so hard for so many of us.
I'll be missing my dad - but thankful he taught me about kindness and gentleness simply by living it every day of his life.
I'll be missing my mom - but thankful she taught me about speaking up and speaking out for myself and for what I believe in.
I'll be missing Harley - but thankful for what he taught me about true trust and unconditional love.
I'll be missing loved ones who are no longer with me, but thankful for the fact that they once were in my life and will always be in my heart. And for the lessons I learned from them.
I'm thankful and grateful for the loved ones in my life who put up with all the things that come with me being me. They give me deep joy in ways most of them never realize.
I'm thankful for Donald Barley, who has never wavered. Who shows me in a million different ways, every day, that he cares.
I wish each of you a Thanksgiving in which you can remember who and what you're grateful for, and give thanks.