I am giving courage a noble try. Silly me, I’m not facing anything earth shattering, just our first Thanksgiving without some of our kids here. I am not usually one to dwell on the absence of family members, we have so many, but around this time of year I get very sentimental.

I am truly thankful for so much. I am blessed beyond what these few hundred words could express. I could write volumes about treasured moments with my family, shared stories around the table, sibling banter and a lifetime of laughter. If I never experienced another holiday with this wonderful group of people I would have enough to ponder in my heart for the rest of my life. This doesn’t make it any easier. I always want more time with them.