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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving Wishes

WOW, it is hard to believe that it is already Thanksgiving 2008! It seems like we were just celebrating 4th of July. This has been a whirlwind of a year so far. Gary and I have been talking about all the things that we are thankful for. First of all, we are thankful that we are all in good health. With all of the stress around here, healthy people are a must! We are thankful for all the members of our family that we keep connected to. Even with Dave out in California, he is part of our everyday conversations and stuff. We are thankful that we have wonderful friends who support us while undergoing our daily struggles and successes...we are thankful that we can be supportive of our friends and family as they undergo struggles and successes too. In these crazy times of economic woe, we are thankful that we both have steady jobs, without having to worry about getting laid off or cut back.
Although it is a daily struggle, I am thankful for our struggle with bi-polar disorder. Peter used to ask about why G-d cursed him with this. Our answer was pretty much, "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger". In the beginning, that was just regurgitation of words, hoping to keep us positive. After the past 3 years, it has become more than that. I truly believe that our family has been made stronger as we fight to live with the challenges we face due to this nonsense. We have done lots of soul searching and goal setting...and Peter is once again happy and stable. He is doing things much differently than any of us expected, but he is a survivor. His insights into life's struggles, and into people is kind of spooky at times. His work with my students has given him an appreciation of the fact that he is not alone with being "different" than others. He knows that he has been given the gift of patience, tolerance, and even compassion. You cannot imagine how good it is for him to be working with my little ones! It has given him a new sense of purpose. He has a job now and he takes it very seriously.
As you celebrate this holiday season, surrounded by loved ones, and thinking of those in our lives that we are not able to see on a regular basis...take time to tell people how thankful you are for having them in your life.
I am so very thankful to my family, my friends, and especially for all of my cyber-pals, who share my passion for crafting...which is truly just as good a therapy!


Kimmie0270 said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too. That's right - what doesn't kill you does make you stronger. We've had our share of struggles this year - but have been blessed to have survived them all!

Lisadwb said...

I hope your Thanksgiving was blessed.

the whimsical butterfly said...

That was a really great post and I enjoyed reading it. I think when we struggle it just makes us that much more thankful for what we ahve. Glad you had a nice day, that pic is adorable of him! Ooooh and a Paula Deen mag? Bet your table was YUMMY!!!

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