November 28

What I’m Thankful For



2014 is here. I am truly blessed and I have many things to be thankful for. One thing I’m extremely happy about is that I’m still alive. So many of us fail to realize that life is a gift. If you keep up with the news, it becomes painfully obvious just how fragile our lives really are. There are many people who were here last Thanksgiving, who are not here for this one.  Let’s not forget that, but also lets not forget what Thanksgiving is all about, Thanksgiving is a time for families to get together, enjoy each others company and be thankful for all we that we have.

One thing I am very thankful for, is how much life has changed for my daughter and me. After my first marriage ended 12 years ago, with me having custody of my then 2-year-old daughter, Day; I suddenly  had a lot to learn, a lot to do and a short time to do it in.
At first we didn’t even have a place to live, we ended up staying with  some very close friends I have in Long Beach, CA. After staying with them for about  2 weeks, I decided to take Day to Kansas City and leave her with my mother. I then returned,  to L. A. and found us a small one bedroom apartment, on top of a coworker’s garage. Six months later I went back to K. C. and returned with my baby.  We would be in our new apartment for the next five years. I have a lot of nice memories of Day and I living in that little apartment.
Then six years ago, my life took a dramatic turn for the better, Day’s life and mine became much better. That’s when I married my soul mate  Nicky. Having her help made a ton of difference in my life. I was no longer alone raising a daughter by myself. Day was seven years old when Nicky and I got married and although I was doing a great job on my own, having her help is irreplaceable. There are some things that a man just can’t teach a girl. She was only seven then, but I was already very worried about what I would do when she became older and strictly female issues would come into play. Also try as I might, I could never get her hair just right. After she became about 10 years old I  noticed that she started to  outgrow my style  choices,  when it came to clothes. No more frilly, poof dresses for church. I tell you,  it’s wonderful to have a woman on my team or I’ll just say we make a great team together.
Having a good wife is worth more than gold. I’m sure someone out there knows what I’m talking about. I am very, very thankful for my wife and . Having a is one of God’s greatest blessings. Day is fourteen now and as I go through life I have found that some things can’t be bought. What’s the old saying?  The best things in life are free. Well a family is not free, but then again they don’t cost anything. Once you discover that, life is much easier. God be with you until we meet again. Happy Thanksgiving.


children, family, holidays, motivation, self help, Thanksgiving

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