I am so blessed to be with my loving husband, Richard and his four children (my beautiful step children – Ryan, Dennis, Timmy and Megan – who are more like my own now after over 10 years of marriage). I am so happy that I found Richard (and I found him thanks to the Internet!) because my life was a bit too lonely and unstable beforehand. I was happy – but I didn’t know exactly how happy and fulfilled I could be until I met and married him. He gave me the freedom to express myself as I never did before (with art, music and design) and he let my creativity run wild in his home that I moved into. It never looked the same again – it is now unrecognizable to anyone who knew the house beforehand. Thank you for giving up your home as my laboratory.
I give thanks to our growing family – we have two grandchildren and two more on the way. I am so very happy that my little baby (my youngest daughter, Jessica) will be giving birth to a baby girl in April. I can’t wait to see this little bundle of joy – I know that she will be beautiful, like her Mommy. And Richard’s son’s wife, Kristen, will be giving birth to their second child in July.
I am so thankful and proud of my oldest daughter, Krista, for raising my granddaughter, Meghan. She is such a talented and accomplished young woman. It was not an easy task – raising a child on your own. My daughter Krista overcame so much adversity – I don’t know how she did it. Meghan is now on a 4 year scholarship to Stony Brook University. I was looking at her chemistry homework the other night – my eyes glazed over this in compete ignorance – yet she understood it. She’s going into the pre-med program. So proud and so thankful. She already has ideas that she wants to implement someday to cure cancer. The world is a better place…and will be more so, because Meghan is in the world.
These are gifts that I get to have and hold everyday. “You can’t get any better than that!” to quote an oft-repeated phrase of my mother-in-law, Jean – another gift that I am thankful for. A wonderful mother-in-law!
Thank you to my entire family for being yourselves and giving me joy every day.
I also want to give thanks to all my blogging friends that I have met over the years. Thank you for commenting and always encouraging me. I would have never met any of you…had it not been for the Internet. Amazing in itself.
I hope that we all have a beautiful Christmas and a joyous New Year. Remember to think about the gifts that you get every day – the ones that don’t cost anything.