It's so easy for us to live through and through each day and to forget about how much we have to be thankful for. A lot of us (including myself) don't often take the time to say "thank you," and it's about time for me to start.
I, for one, have plenty to be thankful for.
- Thank you, God, for giving me this beautiful life. Thank you for protecting me when I haven't felt safe. Thank you for guiding me toward a better path when I've been lost. Thank you for loving me infinitely and for showing me how to love others. Thank you for being my best friend through the rough patches and through the blossoms of my life.
- Thank you, Suri, for never giving up on me, for leading me back to Christ through the gift of music (way back in 9th grade), for supporting my decisions and respecting my beliefs. Thank you for being the best sister an only child can ask for.
- Thank you, Thomas, for showing me that I am worthy of love and for making me feel beautiful inside and out (even if I'm not wearing make-up and my hair is sometimes in a crazy mess). Thank you for being a great friend but an even greater boyfriend. Thank you for your love, your kindness, your humility, your respect, your prayers, and for opening up your heart to me time and time again.
- Thank you to all the families who have helped me grow over the years. Thank you for opening up your homes and hearts to a stranger and making me feel like family. Thank you for opening up my mind to new ideas and experiences, and thank you for all of your constant prayers. I am forever grateful to all of you.
- Thank-you to all our service-men and women who are willing to give up their lives for this country every day. A special thank you to Leo and Robert; you are both an inspiration, and I am honored to say I am your cousin. Thank you for never giving up on this country's freedom. God bless America!
If you are somewhat like me and more than often take the little things for granted, say thank you to someone today. You don't have to go all out and make a celebration out of it, just say thank you to the school crosswalk lady or to a police officer directing traffic. Say "thank you" to your mom and/or dad, your siblings, your neighbor, the mailman, or the cashier at the supermarket. Everyone deserves to be appreciated, including you, so thank you, whoever you are.