Dakota Center for Independent Living

Thanksgiving 2017

Hard to believe it is that time of year again. It seems the years are going by so quickly now. This year though I have so much to be thankful for. Over this last year I have really learned that I need to take time every day to be thankful for not only the major things in my life but for the small things too.

Today I am going to write about just a few of things I am thankful for. Even though I may hate the cold weather I am very glad I am still here to throw snowballs at my children. I think about that every day. How I enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass and my skin drinking in the warm sun. To hear my childrens laughter and wipe away their tears. Thankful for all the people I have in my life who help in small or big ways to cope with my disabilities when I struggle to do it on my own. Who push me when I need to be pushed and show me I am stronger than I think I am. That have faith in me when I do not have it in myself. I am thankful for finally finding the medication that is helping my son with his asthma so he is doing better. I am thankful I have found the right medications for myself. I may not always like taking them but I have realized how much I used to struggle and it is not worth it. I can see a happier future even when things go wrong. I am thankful my grandma is finally at peace even though I will miss her so much. She is with the love of her life now. She taught me so many great things that I will carry with me and gave me many memories. I only hope I can be as great of a grandmother as she was. I am thankful my kids are healthy and happy and I am most thankful for my grandkids. Who knew you could have so much more love to give. Now that I was able to get a better car I can now see those beautiful grandkids more. I have so much to be thankful for.

Even when life gets hard there is always something to be thankful for. It is just sometimes you have to look really hard for it. It might be something very simple. Some days that is just all that got me through. I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!!!