Raquisha writes:

What am I thankful for? Well, as far back as I can remember, this time of year has invoked reflection upon our sources of gratitude and November of 2011 has proven no different.

“What am I thankful for?” Hmm…maybe I should rephrase that.

“Who am I thankful for?” Yeah, that’s better, more precise.

Actually, this fall season has found me not even looking much beyond my very own household. First on my list is our family dog, Noreaga. He is unfortunately stereotyped when I walk his pitbull-ness down the street, but unbeknownst to onlookers he is the most loyal sweetheart you could ever meet. Nore is definitely the baby of the house!

My “other” three kids, (should I add “Daddy” to this category?) that I lovingly attribute my sprouting grey curlies to, are inspirations to me as a mom. The resiliency of children’s’ spirits never cease to amaze me! I find myself learning and gleaning numerous life lessons from them daily – out of the mouths of babes, right?

Stacy is one of those people you encounter and become fast friends. She mentioned to me last week that, after almost two years, we have yet to really argue (knock on wood). Nothing is perfect, so it probably is looming somewhere in our future, but I do know that until then and even afterwards, my cousin-in-law will continue to be honest with me when most others just smile & nod, and that she will make me laugh hard, often times at myself!

Of course, there is a cornucopia of things to appreciate on a global scale, but I feel my family, human and beast alike, represent exquisite examples of the tangible and unconditional love that God has blessed me with.

So, enough about me!

What or who are you thankful for? Not just this month or this year, but every day that you are blessed to draw a breath.
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