I love November. Thanksgiving puts things in perspective. I really love my family and while life isn’t easy, this is the one time of year I get to stop and be thankful for the good things that life has given me.
Thomas – my husband of 19 (almost 20) years. We have gone through a lot, sometimes almost too bad, but in the end we love and support each other. He is my rock, but also I have learned to stand on my own two feet. Hoping his traveling calms down.
Meg – my oldest daughter who is turning out to be quite a lovely lady. Dance team wears me out, but for those 2:30 minutes she dances, I get lost in how beautiful she is both in her heart and in her movements. She is in all honors classes so her reading time has been cut, but I still remember the days I would hunt good YA books for her.
Maddie – my middle child who confuses me to no end. We sometimes call her Mad because she can be such an angry child. ADD hasn’t been easy, but when she loves, she loves hard. Destination Imagination has been her hobby and unfortunately for 2016 we couldn’t find a coach. Out of the 4 years she has participated, she has gone to Globals twice in Knoxville, TN. Competing with children all around the world. It is amazing to see her communicate with other kids who don’t speak English. The shear beauty of kids accepting kids. That is Maddie, my hidden angel. Oh, and she hates reading *gasp*
Ryan – my late in life child. You know just one more kid. Well, I got the honor to stay home with him and hold him for each of naps when he was a baby. He is a tough child to raise as he has ADHD and ODD. Some days if feels like a burden, but then he will do or say something that will make me laugh. That’s Ryan, my sweet child who I have so many dreams for and will work hard to help him achieve them. Obsesses with Minecraft, Star Wars, Avengers, and anything super hero, he tells me his powers are invisibility. No, kid, I see you!
Mom – Mom has had a hard year. Her husband, my stepdad, passed away over a year ago and she is still struggling. Retired, her days are often spent by herself and she lives an hour away from me. I wish that she could move closer to my brother or I, but for now she lives by herself and that scares me. She is my biggest supporter, but also my biggest reality checker.
Sophia Rose – this woman is a superhero. She reads over 400 books a year, writes the majority of our reviews and now can add author to her list of endeavors. She saves me in more than just blogging ways as she listens to me as I complain about life. Things have been stressful over the last two years, and she has stuck with me. Things are getting better and I am getting my reading game back on track. Hopefully this month has treated her ok as she is knee deep in edits!
There are other people, but these are my family and friends that I think about every day. My family. My friend. My loves.