When I sat down at my computer tonight, I had something entirely different in mind to write about. But then I looked down at my sweet little girl, asleep snuggled next to me on the couch, and an entirely different thought came to mind. She looked so beautiful and peaceful as she slept, as I stared at her time seemed to stand still...and I felt peaceful too. It was such a wonderful moment, sitting next to my sleeping child, that I began to think of all the blessings in my life. And there is much to be thankful for...a wonderful husband who would do anything for his family, two healthy, beautiful children, great friends, my health. The list could go on and on....
As I sat thinking of the many blessings I am so fortunate to have in my life, I also began to think of what life could be like, and is like, for so many others. What it would be like to live in another country where things like running water and basic shelter are hard to come by. Places where your children are not likely to survive an illness that a simple vaccine could prevent. Neighborhoods where it is not safe to walk outside because it is a war zone. Places where, as a woman, I would never have been allowed an education or the opportunity to speak for myself, and neither would my daughter...
I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the life I have been afforded and the opportunities I have been provided, simply by the country I live in. A country whose freedoms and opportunities are protected so proudly by men and women willing to sacrifice their all.
With Veterans Day having so recently passed, these men and women were thanked in special ways across the country, from free restaurant meals to parades and celebrations. It was a wonderful day to honor our Service Members, both past and present, but our gratitude for them must continue on every day after. Whether or not you agree with the wars this country has fought in, our Service Members deserve this gratitude for doing what so many others have not.
Today, and always, I am thankful for the country I live in and for those who volunteer to take up arms to protect it. I am thankful for the many men and women who do without basic comforts of home in order to make sure that those at home have them. I am thankful for those who continue to take time out of their lives and away from their families, so that simple moments between a mother and a sleeping child are possible.
Although Veteran's Day has come and gone, please continue to thank our country's Veterans for their service and sacrifice...and be sure to live every day with gratitude and enjoy the freedoms that their sacrifice has made possible.
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