Think Kit prompt #24:  What are you grateful for this year?

Wow.  This prompt gave me pause.  I wondered if I could find something to be grateful for that went beyond the “usuals” – family, friends, and shelter.  Then I realized how grateful I am to be able to tick those off on my fingers, because so many can’t.

Most of my family live right here in town, and I’m able to see them when I like.  I have so many friends with whom I can truly be myself, and they still like me despite that.  My husband is kind and really fun.  I have three teenage kiddos that are so much nicer and more respectful than I was at that age.  I love my furry pets, I love my garden, I love my front porch when its warm and my fireplace when it’s not.

I’m grateful that I live in a neighborhood where we look out for each other, have block parties, and watch each other’s pets.  I’m grateful that my kids – one in IPS, one in Washington Township, and one at a charter school – are able to attend the schools that best fit their individual needs, both academically and socially.

I’m grateful for my church, where I am challenged to become a better person and have a community there to support those efforts.

These are all small, simple things, but I’m realizing today just how grateful I am to have them play such a big part in my life.