"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think.
It's splendid to find out there are so many of
them in the world."
them in the world."
- L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables
Yesterday evening, as the sun sank low beyond the horizon, I breathed in deeply that just right autumn air, the kind that sinks deep into the very corners of your lungs, filling them with life, and happily finished off the last mile of my evening route. As usual, I was thinking bloggy thoughts, tossing around topics that I've been wanting to write about for a while now, lists of family stories and of course something special for the Advent and Christmas Season.
I realized it's a little late to write something for Thanksgiving, but, at the same time, I know that it's never too late, or too early, or the wrong time at all to simply be thankful. My list of gratitude is a mile long this year. At the very top is knowing that my husband is slowly starting to heal. He has been sick for over a year now, and, thanks be to God, making some headway in a positive direction. I think I'm finally ready to write in more detail about that, and I will soon.
It is difficult to express with words just how very thankful for this small space I am, a space where, when time allows, I get to share my life, my interests, my faith, and at times my lack of faith, with all of you. Sometimes my posts are read by thousands and sometimes by only a few, but it's those few of you who are always here, and I can't begin to tell you how thankful I am for your friendship.
You reach out in the kindest ways to share your own personal stories with me, to offer support as I ramble on about motherhood and raising boys. You seem to know the perfect time to gently lend advice when I need it most, and when I'm falling apart, feeling completely defeated in the day to day battles of life, you help me find a reason to smile again. Your love comes like a light in the dark, and with your sympathy and humor I am encouraged to keep going.
I wish that I could meet all of you face-to-face and give you my thanks in person, to share a hug, a laugh, and maybe even a tear. You are the very reason bloggers keep blogging, because somewhere between all of these lines we write, there is a thread of connection that ties us close together, and I feel the strength of that connection in a very real and positive way.
May you know, without a doubt this Thanksgiving, that you, my readers, are among the most precious blessings in my life, and I am humbled and honored to praise God for you today and always!
~ Happy Thanksgiving!! ~