This is our first Thanksgiving as a “normal” civilian family. For the first time I’m not checking in with a supervisor (if you don’t count my wife) and I don’t have to be anywhere I don’t choose to be. It’s exciting and at times almost overwhelming to have so much freedom again.
One lesson I’ve learned through everything that has happened to our family is that it’s so easy to take the little things for granted. Life gets so busy and noisy that it either takes a national holiday or something tragic, to get people to appreciate each other and life in general. One wears off quick and the other never does.
Take it from one who has walked the path, count your blessings daily. Show the ones you love that you love them every chance you have. Take nothing for granted and live your life in a way will be proud of. Don’t wait for something bad to happen before you learn these lessons.
Thanksgiving is a great holiday. Everyone is focused on family and on being grateful for their blessings. I love all the happiness! I love reading through Facebook and Twitter and seeing all of the things people love about their lives. One recurring message I’ve come across is about our military. It makes me proud to see so many people thanking our service members.
There is a soldier in Afghanistan on patrol in the cold right now. There’s a Marine eating an MRE instead of a fancy turkey dinner. There are airman and sailors who have no idea when they might see their family again.
I want to show my appreciation and gratitude to all our military members who are away from their families this Thanksgiving. Whether it’s across the world or just across the country there are many who willingly set their family aside to serve. I’m honored to be able to say I know so many members of our military. I miss the job, I miss the lifestyle, I miss the brotherhood, but Jesse and I have formed relationships that will last forever and for that I am grateful.
As we all sit down to our Thanksgiving dinners let us all remember to take a minute to think of those who are missing loved ones this year. Say an extra prayer for those in harms way and if you’re lucky enough to have your family together then cherish it.
I’m grateful for all the blessings in my life. I don’t know why I have been so fortunate but I can never say thank you enough to all the people who have helped my family and I through the last few years. our lives have been forever changed by people like you and for that I am grateful. Thank you for being you and for the good things you do. Thank you for helping me really understand and appreciate everything life has to offer. Last but not least, thank you for reading these blog posts. The more I do it the better I feel. It’s still therapeutic for me to write even all these years later. I appreciate the fact that you take the time to read these thoughts and stories.
God bless you and Happy Thanksgiving!