This year brought me the sourest lemons of my life thus far.
Still, I know I have much for which to be thankful.
My own health, the health and well-being of three beautiful young souls. Souls who are half Tim, and who remind me of the love of my life daily.
The means and the strength to survive this tragedy.
A wonderful marriage, the love of a wonderful man, even if it all ended too soon. I had something not everyone gets, and I shouldn’t take it for granted. I am thankful for the support, confidence, and strength he gave me, and that I have thanks to the time we were together.
Above all, I think, I am thankful for the love and kindness of so many family members, friends, and even strangers this year. Those who reached out to me from earlier in my life, who never even knew Tim. Those who reached out who never even knew me. To all who simply showed up, and gave of their time and talents to make my life and logistics, and those of my children, in any way easier. Big and small, all of those gifts of love, affection, and time fill my heart with gratitude.
This time of year it’s extremely easy to get focused on the sad. To get bogged down in the big loss. I am trying to remind myself today is a day to remember what we are thankful for, and there is certainly much for me to be thankful for, and I need to set that example.
“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” J. K. Rowling via Albus Dumbledore