I am thankful for my husband and sweet children (and not so sweet children!)
I am thankful that my mother has a really awesome boyfriend/husband who worships her.
I am thankful that I go to a church where I actually like the people who are there, and the ladies who I am friends with.
I am thankful for being part of a prison ministry and that I am able to serve.
I am thankful that a really cool rabbi and his wife put my head on straight about my education. (A priest would not have been the same. "Golda Meir was 72 when she became prime minister! You have time to accomplish other things, but raise your children now!")
I am thankful for a husband who wants me to not get my masters for now and to just finish my BA and we'll muddle through the student loans I've amassed.
I am thankful for a 19 year old daughter who comes home on holidays and loves her brothers and sisters-- and her mother and step father.
I am thankful for in-laws who include the goings on of my daughters who my husband was not able to adopt but who are grafted into his heart, and consider them just as much a part of the family as anyone else.
I am thankful that my dog, who seemed sick the other day, is better.
I am thankful for the internet and my cool blog pals.
I am thankful that I can be both progressive and conservative and that's it's OK to believe in the merits of both.
I am thankful for a particular pen-pal who encourages me with my art and who inspires me do keep going with it.
I am thankful for getting out of major debt this year and pray it continues, that we get out of the rest.