Leaving on a Jet Plane

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Well it’s true….All my bags are packed, I’m ready to go.

We are off to Chicago today for a Thanksgiving with the Ryan clan.   Excitement and traveling anxiety have taken hold of the whole family.   It is really hard to fly with your kids for a myriad of reasons and there just isn’t anything to do but take a deep breath and get going.

It is hard to pass through this month without thinking of all of the things that I am grateful for, all of the things that are the most important to me.   Of course my family, both immediate and extended, are at the top of that list, just behind the Lord.  Don’t worry about that,  they would all put Him first as well.  There are a few things beyond that that fill my heart with gratitude and not necessarily in any order

Music, laughter,children singing,cold and gray weather, warm and sunny weather, my sight and hearing,taste and touch.   I am grateful,  so so grateful, for the roof over my head and the love of my life that has been by my side when we technically did not have one.   I am grateful for a room at the inn (my sister knows what that means.)   I am grateful for my children’s health and my little angel Dot in heaven.  My thoughts turn to her every year around this time.  She is the Ryan who watches over us in heaven.   I am grateful beyond words for my parents and the gifts they gave and the sacrifices they made that I didn’t even understand until I became a parent myself.   I am grateful for my talents and the things that I am not so good at because they make me stronger and keep me humble.   The list could go on for days and I will stop here but……I am grateful to anyone who reads this blog.   It makes me happy to see the numbers and even more happy when you take the time to comment.   You are a blessing to me.   Happy Thanksgiving!

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