I am thankful for this woman.
Grandma with Alex back in March 2000
This is Rich's mom. I am thankful that she raised up a small boy to be such a wonderful man. I am thankful that she taught him how to care for family and that she gave him a wonderful example of "Family always comes first." I am thankful that she taught him how to cook! I am thankful that she always gives me great marriage advice, but only when I ask for it! I am thankful that she dotes on all my children and always makes them feel special. I am thankful that we celebrated her 65th birthday with a HUGE birthday party this year, that we made such a fuss over her that day. I am thankful that she came out to visit us for a week this past September, right before school started. We had a lot of fun times during that week, a lot of laughs. I am thankful that I've been blessed with a wonderful mother-in-law for my 19 years of married life.
I am sad that she suddenly passed away late last night. I am sad that I didn't get to say good-bye. I am sad that my husband's heart is now breaking. I am sad that her 65th birthday was the last one we will celebrate with her. I am sad to have to tell my children the news in the morning. I am sad that I no longer have a mother-in-law.
Those we love are never with us long enough, are they? I mean, when is a "good time" to say good-bye? Never! We always want our loved ones right here with us. It's just never long enough.
It's Thanksgiving today. And ours has a black cloud hanging over it this year. Rich has left to be with his siblings, and I am home with the kids. This will be our first Thanksgiving apart. I'm sad for that, too. But despite it all, I have much to be thankful for. I have my health, and so do my children and my husband. I have a warm home, many friends, and I have wonderful memories in my head of all the people I have loved who are no longer with me. That is a lot to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving to you all.
Now .... go HUG or CALL all those you love!