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So…today I am thirty three years old. Most of the time, I feel a lot older. I could fill one paragraph after another with all of our problems; one woe after another, but I won’t. It’s no secret that this has been a hard year for us, especially as it concerns our family’s health problems (some you guys know about, some you don’t yet). Looking at what still lies ahead in the days to come…I am going to fill a paragraph or two of what I am most thankful for instead.

I’m most thankful for having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Long ago, I gave my heart, soul and life to him, even though I stumbled many times through the years. Thank God for Grace and Forgiveness. There have been many times throughout the years, especially this one, where we couldn’t have made it if we didn’t have a strong Faith in God and the power of prayer. We’ve seen small miracles happen this year. I’ve witnessed big miracles in the past. I’m still praying for big miracles in the days to come. Nothing is too big for God.

I’m thankful for my husband. He’s not perfect by any means, but he is such a blessing to me. He is my rock. He would do anything for the kids and I, and most of the time, that goes unappreciated by them (which you expect…but as they get to be adults you expect at least a little appreciation). He busts his butt all the time providing for us, so that we can have a roof over our heads, so that we can have food on the table, clothes to wear and health insurance, etc.  He’s put his health on the back burner for years, and he’s paid a price for that. He could have taken the easy way out and been a dead beat dad…but that’s not the kind of man he is. I’m proud to call him my husband. I’m proud that he is the father of my child. He’s my best friend…I’d truly be lost without him. He really is my soul mate.

I’m thankful for my children. Even when they are at their brattiest, they are mine and I love them. I pray for their health and safety every day. I am thankful for my stepchildren. They’ve been a big part of my life for over thirteen years, and I love them very much. I also pray for them every day.

I’m thankful for my mom and brothers. I love them dearly. I’m also thankful for having a home, a working car, electricity, food on the table, clothes and shoes on my feet. I’m thankful my husband has a steady job that pays very well that comes with great benefits. So many people do not have even half of what we do. I’m thankful for my friends and church.

Please continue to keep us in your prayers. Thank you!

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