Borrowing this great idea from Dean Dauphinais. Gratitude from A - Z.
A - Andy, of course you are #1 on my list. I love you infinitely and forever. We will save you a place at our Thanksgiving table. Thank you for being the best thing that ever happened to me!
B - Bentley, my sweet little pup who has given me so much unconditional love and companionship.
C - Children. I love children so much, and they always make me smile and bring me joy.
D - Donations that people have made to help end the stigma of drug addiction. Thank you for your time, talent, and your stories!
E - Eyeliner. Every girl looks better with eyeliner! ;-)
F - Friends and Family. I am so blessed to have the best friends and family in the whole world, and I love you!
G - Grandmas. I have such wonderful memories of sitting on my grandma's lap while she told me stories and sang me songs, like "Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue" and "A Bicycle Built for Two." Her house always smelled like coffee, and I'm sure that's why I love coffee so much today.
H - Home. How blessed I am to have a warm, inviting place to live. There are so many who do not, and it haunts me.
I - Idealism. Without it, I think there would be far less good in the world.
J - Jingles. My sweet kitty who has been my constant companion for 13 years.
K - Knitting. My favorite stress and sadness reliever.
L - Love. There can never be too much love in the world, and I hope every person will share it generously! Oh, and lipstick too :) And laughter!
M - My Mom, who is so young at heart and who raised 8 kids with love.
N - Now. Learning to appreciate the here and now has made my life richer.
O - Oakwood Cemetery. Final resting place of my Andy. The beauty and peace and calm are hard to beat. It is an oasis in the middle of the city, and I love spending time there, just being.
P - Parks. I love strolling through parks and enjoying the trees, water, flowers, birds, and other beautiful sights.
Q - Quilts. There is nothing better on earth than being cozy under a pile of quilts on a cold winter night! Except maybe being under a quilt and having a roaring fire in the fireplace.
R - Rainbows. Proof that there can be beauty through the rain.
S - Smiles. They can turn your whole day around. I strongly encourage smiling a lot! You'll feel better, and so will everyone you smile at.
T - Thunder. I just love falling asleep to rain on the roof and lots of thunder. (Under a quilt haha!)
U - The universe. Its vastness and the beauty of a starry night tell me there is a God watching over us.
V - Vacations! Love having time to unwind and disassociate from day-to-day worries and responsibilities
W - Waterfalls. There's just something so majestic and awe-inspiring about a waterfall.
X - XL flannel nightgowns with lots of extra room and length. See "Quilts".
Y - You! I appreciate each and every person I have ever met as you have helped make me who I am today. And you have helped me through my struggles--some of you I've never met in person, yet I feel that you are very close friends.
Z - Zippers. I mean, don't they just make life easier? :)
Wishing everyone a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. With love,