For years I’ve seen people do the Thankful thing for each day of November. Decided to give it a go this year~what with the world falling apart as it is~I’m needing to remember the good. Then again~don’t we all?
Today I am choosing family~both blood and chosen family. Each and every day I am so clessed for the amazing family I was born into~was married into and the chosen family in our lives.
Nothing seems to stress a person’s love of family as much as when someone is severly ill. Two weeks ago my in-laws moved home from Florida for the time being~Grampa’s cancer is unfortunately progressing. We are so thankful they decided to come home to spend time with the family and work with a new doctor who will maybe be able to see something the other doctor didn’t.
Have to say that I really lucked out in the family department, my childhood was pretty darn good and only a few family members annoy me. My best friend is my cousin whom we grew up more like sisters than cousins. My in-laws and their families are all great and treat me like one of their own~when Old Boy’s grandmother passed away it felt just like losing my own grandmother and watching Grampa Phil fight this cancer~feels like watching my own.
Of course, we have many family members who we do not share the blood connection with whome we love as our own family. The place to land for The Girl and her friends when in junior and senior high school was our house and I so treasure all our extra kiddos!
I started writing this earlier today while sitting in the doctor’s office (ear infection) and a little while ago I was blessed with a note from a fellow on Ancestry.com. This fellow was going through his father’s things from WWII and found my Great Uncle Booty’s name in a letter from a fellow soldier who had been standing behind Uncle Booty when he was shot and killed. He gave me the name of the fellow who had written the letter and said he would not go into details but “you can tell his parents as much as you see fit”. This fellow is researching, looking for the connection between the three men. Thankful!
Blessings and Peace!