With the holiday season here, it’s time to reflect on what life is all about. I have to say that 2016 has been the worst year of my life. I lost my Dad to Alzheimer’s in April, on my husband’s birthday, no less. Less than a month later, we lost my uncle, then in July, my sister lost her boyfriend. I have a dear friend that is in a nightmare situation, that is at the base of my career in law enforcement going through a major turmoil.
Now that I got that out of the way, let me tell you why I’m thankful. I’m thankful for the 81 years of life Daddy lead. He was my hero and the reason I chose law enforcement as a career….my calling. Daddy taught me that no matter what life throws at you, hold your head up with dignity, keep your sense of humor, hold on to your faith in God and never give up hope.
I’m thankful for my Mom…the strongest woman I know. She has shown me strength despite her grief, fortitude in dealing with being a caregiver for Daddy, humor while tears filled her eyes and her unwaivering love for her daughters and their families.
I’m thankful for my husband for all he does for me and our children. He supports all of my endeavors, even when he has no clue why I do some of the things I do! For our children and grandchildren, which are proof that the circle of life is continuing .
There are so many things that I’d have to write a book to show the blessings that have been bestowed on me and mine. Ever since I was little, I have an uncanny ability to find money. Not large amounts, mainly coins. But, I know the value of these small blessings and started a Blessing Jar. I put everything I find in my Blessing Jar, which is growing higher every week. When times are tough, I look at this tall jar, filled with coins, feathers and a myriad of other things that have appealed to me and I see just how God has blessed me. It’s the little things in life that really matter and if we would only open our eyes, we will see them everyday….and be grateful. Daddy was a ham radio operator, even before I was born. His call sign was K5CYB…ask him and he would say
K5 Count Your Blessings….and I do!