Giving Thanks in 2012

“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks…”   [1 Thess 5:16-18a]

A year ago I wrote a post titled “Giving Thanks” where I listed some of the Caregiving related items I was thankful for.  As the holiday rolled around again I contemplated what such a list would say this time around:

I am thankful that my several family members who’ve died since last Thanksgiving are now at rest; their journey, their struggle is over.

I am thankful that my dad lived just long enough to claim his 91st birthday and that I got to tell him one more time that I loved him.

I am thankful that for the first time all year we not facing an urgent or immediate medical crisis for one family member or another; we are at rest.

I am thankful for a mom who believes I need to shave more often and that I don’t eat enough… in other words, although she no longer realizes it, she continues to be my mother.

I am thankful for an Alzheimer’s living facility which has literally and figuratively embraced my mom after the death of Dad.

I am thankful that we who remain behind are filled with love and appreciation for one another; we are quick to smile, quick to laugh.

I am thankful for children who’ve made it their second mission to make sure I’m ok and to get me to laugh more; their first mission being to torture me as only a teenager and young adult can.

I am thankful that my kids talk to me about what’s on their hearts.

I am thankful for the opportunity last week to mark the anniversary of my wife’s death; I can see the healing and growth in my kids and I… even as we continue to miss her.

I am thankful for, for Denise, Bette and so many others here who routinely educate, encourage, and empower me along my sandwich caregiving journey.  You are awesome & Denise rocks!

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4 Comments on "Giving Thanks in 2012"

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Nov 18, 2012

And we are thankful for you, Jo. This is beautiful. Your family is so lucky to have you as a son and father.

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Nov 19, 2012

Hi Jo–What Kristin said! :)

Thanks, Jo, for sharing your life with us. We really are better because we know you.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nov 19, 2012

Jo, I am immensely thankful for your wisdom and grace, and for all that you are to so many.
You, this site, and everyone here are true blessings in my life.
Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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Nov 20, 2012

Hi Jo,

I am thankful as well for you! I am grateful for how you share your wisdom and insights on family, and living. I wish you and your family a very special day on Thursday.