I am thankful for the family that raised me. We are all where we are today because our parents or guardians raised us. Not just our parents but our siblings, grandparents, aunts and uncles, cousins, etc. I definitely have a lot to be thankful for.
I am thankful for the family I now have. I consider my wife and children to be my greatest blessing in my life. Everything I do is because of them, or for them. They are my greatest source of joy. Nothing in life compares to making memories with my family. This morning I took the kids out for some sledding before dinner. Watching them smile makes you feel good as a parent.
I am thankful for friends. True friends encourage us, motivate us and push us to do better. I have been blessed with some of the best friends in my life. I recently joined facebook after saying for a long time that I never would. Why did I finally do it? To reconnect with my friends. Friends have played such a role in my life and facebook has given me a chance to continue those friendships. It has been a lot of fun to see where everyone is and what they are all doing. I only hope that my kids will be blessed with friends as good as mine have been for me.
I am thankful for a roof over my head. If am thankful that I have a place to rest and relax. A place of safety and encouragement. I am thankful that Heidi and I are able to provide this same blessing for our children.
I am thankful for laughter. I am thankful for the laughter of my wife, my children, and my friends. It is said that laughter is the best medicine. As a pharmacist, I should know. Laughter is contagious, try it. Share a laugh with someone and make your day brighter.
I am thankful for my job. A job is a great blessing, whether we are happy with the job we are in or not. I am lucky to have a job that I enjoy. As a husband and father, I am thankful that I am able to provide the necessities of life for my family.
I am thankful for the freedoms that I have. We have so many freedoms that other countries do not have and it has cost some men and women their lives. This freedom continues to cost people time away from their families and physical injuries. I am thankful for the opportunity I had to serve this country and for those members of my family who have, and continue to serve.
I am thankful for my health and the health of my family. Heidi and I both work in the medical field so we are often reminded of how lucky we are for the health that we and our children enjoy. So many people in life have physical limitations that they have to deal with. I am thankful to be able to run, ride my bike, hike in the mountains, hunt and fish. Without my health, what hobbies would I have? Probably not the ones that I enjoy right now. This last week has been a good reminder of that. While my health hasn't been compromised, some of these things that I enjoy have been off limits. Last Friday I underwent an outpatient surgery. As a result, the doctor told me that I shouldn't exercise this week. It has been a little frustrating not being able to run, or ride my bike, or go swimming. These activities have become a significant part of my life. And with my current goal of weight loss, it has been even more frustrating. With each day that passes, I feel like the work I have been doing in the past is being wasted. I just feel myself getting fatter. And today being Thanksgiving didn't help. But it has also given me a nice break and a new sense of dedication once Monday is here and I can start exercising again. I am again thankful for my family who has taken care of me during my recovery. The first couple of days were spent doing not much more than laying on the couch watching television. Chase thought it would make me feel better if he piled all of his favorite toys on me. He gave me all of his favorite stuffed animals and his balloon. Could a father be any luckier than I am?
Thank you all so much for making my life what it is. I especially want to thank my wife and kids. I love you all so much.