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Daily: Reflect on 5 things for which I'm grateful. (read all 104 entries…)
November 22nd...

I haven’t been on here much the last few days, but I wanted to make sure that I came up with five things (actually a few more) on Thanksgiving Day. If not, then I’m pretty sure I would end up in hell for a transgression of that magnitude…

1) My family. Looking forward to seeing many of them later today. They have always given me love and support…and it is especially nice to feel that from them right now.
2) Good friends. I have been blessed with many who have stood beside me and supported my recent decisions. I really appreciate their understanding in difficult circumstances.
3) To have been born in the United States. I could have landed anywhere in this world but I have been so blessed that I was born in what I truly believe is the greatest country on earth. We have so many freedoms that we take for granted on an everyday basis…just very thankful that the early leaders of America came up with something as wonderful as the Bill of Rights.
4) Our military. They are the ones that have, and continue to do so, fight for us so we can maintain our many freedoms. Thanks to all our current military and veterans today; you are appreciated by so many!
5) A roof over my head, food to eat, and good health. So many do not have the basic neccessities of life. I feel very fortunate.
6) A good job with great benefits that pays the bills and allows me the opportunity to work with terrific people, who have became a second family to me.
7) My daughter Katie. So glad that I decided, although it was getting late in the game for me, to have a child. I cannot picture my life without her. I love her so much…and she is so good. Love her sweet heart and good humor. I got very lucky.
8) My wife. Although things are not ending the way I expected, I thank her for being such a big part of my life for so many years. She has influenced me in many ways and has made me a better person during our time together. And, more importantly, I would not have Katie without her.
9) My friend Maggie. In the past year, our relationship has slowly grown, and in the past couple months has blossomed into something I never expected. She has been a wonderful surprise; a gift from above. I love her very much and look forward to seeing where our relationship goes from here. Someone just MUST be watching out for me somewhere!
10) 43things. Very happy that I have discovered this site and met so many interesting and warm people here. Thank you all…and I want to wish everybody a very happy Thanksgiving! :)


TrishaSmiles... is aHappyHeart<3 loves earlyadams & is a Romantic Self-Knowing Tree Hugger!.

Hugs to you and around your heart! (((((earlyadams)))))

Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to you.

Thank you!

And I wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Sessygail Will be forever grateful for 43Things.


that would definitely be a hell transgression – not to have at least 5 things to be grateful for on Thanksgiving! ;)

Amen to that...

I have much to be thankful for this year. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

PeaceHopeLife Surprised by a brand new life.

Love your list!

You are certainly out of hell and on your way out of purgatory. Ha Ha, a little Catholic humor. My very best to you today! Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your family. Many Blessings, PHL

Thank you...

and I appreciate a little Catholic humor as much as anyone.

My Aunt Connie was a nun for 13 years before she left to become a school teacher, and then later in life married Uncle Frank. Well, Uncle Frank never met a joke he didn’t like and one of his favorites regarding my aunt was this one: What do you get when you marry a former nun? Nun in the morning, nun in the afternoon, and nun at night.

They were a great couple; what a marriage should really be. Their relationship was filled with love, respect, laughter and caring. I hope someday I will have what they did…

PeaceHopeLife Surprised by a brand new life.

Too Cute

How nice to have such wonderful role models. Aunt Connie was a role model in two ways. She took a look at her life as a nun and made a new choice. She went on to build a wonderful married relationship with Uncle Frank. I believe God honors us when we stand before God and say “I’m so sorry, I really am in the wrong place and for all concerned I need to make a change”. Thank you for sharing this story. It’s a precious gift.


I’m glad you enjoyed the story. And yes, Aunt Connie believed there was more she could do with her life when she decided to leave the convent. And she was able to make a much greater difference in this world by making that choice.

She had a long career working with elementary age children in a very diverse area of Chicago. She is a real role model to me and one of my absolute favorite people…

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Nun jokes

Weren’t expecting that now, were you? :)

And I sincerely hope...

You and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

PeaceHopeLife Surprised by a brand new life.


Everyone had a really nice day. My children were with their Dad and his family. At the end of the day, both of my sons and their girl friends went bowling. This was the very first double date. My sons had been bickering. So, for them to come together, with their ladies, it was a moment that warmed a mother’s heart. It was a good day!

Sounds like a good day...

And very happy to hear of your sons coming together on Thanksgiving day. What a wonderful thing…

What a nice list

for thanksgiving day!

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