Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving break is the best. Not only do you get to sleep in and enjoy really yummy food, you also get to spend time with the ones you love. I find so much joy in waking up Thanksgiving morning and watching the parade every year. This year, I did that while making the most amazing monkey bread (please try this recipe… you’ll be so glad you did)! My mom and I cooked and laughed all day long and then enjoyed a scrumptious feast. It was just my mom, brother, and I who had Thanksgiving at our house. My dad is away on a business trip and couldn’t make it back in time. Though this was unfortunate and made us sad, it got me thinking about a few things. It made me think about how blessed I am to know where my dad is and have a way to contact him. It also made me remember that there are people all over the world who don’t even have a dad. There are families falling apart and children that felt just like me this Thanksgiving, overcome with that desire for their family just to be altogether. Some kids have no date that their mom or dad will return from defending our country. Sure, it was disappointing that my dad couldn’t have Thanksgiving dinner with us, but it’s a blessing to even have him at all. I will not take him, or anyone in my family, for granted. I am grateful for a father that is so hardworking as mine is. I am grateful for a family that is kept together through love and Jesus Christ, forever. Please keep the families and children that aren’t happy or aren’t able to be together in your prayers, and I will too. And please, look at each member of your family today and give them some extra love. Fix broken bonds, no matter how difficult they may be to begin patching up. Why? Because family is so special. Family is love and a connection that should be nourished and kept strong through all elements, through all the highs and lows of life. Family is irreplaceable. “In the blink of an eye, everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may never have that chance again.”

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