Thankful Through the Hard Times

Thanksgiving GraphicTime is definitely flying by, and it’s the moment we stuff our faces with hearty food, watch football, sink into a turkey coma on the couch, and be with family. Hopefully you’ll reflect on the blessings in life, too.

Let me keep this post short and sweet so you can have that second —or third!— helping of pumpkin or pecan pie.

I can’t say that lately it’s been easy to be thankful for much, as the dark cloud of my ongoing health situation still looms overhead and the past medical experiences still haunt me. Though this year as a whole has been pretty crappy, there have obviously been good sides of it. It’s important to focus on those good things, and take the time to relive some of them through photos you’ve taken or your own vast memory.

In my favorite paragraph list, here are the things I am thankful for this year:

The complete support from my family and friends who have blown me away with their generosity and love. Anonymous gifts. A spacious, cozy apartment. Exploration, discovery, and trying new things. Bi-weekly sessions with someone to give you perspective. Leggings. Reconnecting with old friends and finding strength to let others go. Handmade afghans. ICU nurses. Surprise visits that make you cry on days you feel like crap. Baby Hannah and baby Margaret. New jobs (even if they don’t work out). Watching my cousin’s kids try bowling for the first time. Kure Beach, blooming trees in Charlotte, and driving through the Appalachians.

And as always, I’m thankful for my loyal followers, regular visitors, and once-in-a-while guests who read my blog and send me comments here, on Facebook, and on Twitter. I love this blog, and you’re part of what motivates me to keep writing and sharing.

I hope all of you have a blessed Thanksgiving!


—Graphic by Justin McKee

About Karin

Journalist, singer, reader, movie fanatic, photography buff, GVSU alum, wanna-be-Brit, Crohn's fighter, Coca-Cola addict, animal lover, not a kid person, hater of winter, Michigander
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2 Responses to Thankful Through the Hard Times

  1. Allie says:

    I love you and am so thankful for you! It is so inspiring to me that, after everything you’ve been through this year, you still find things to be thankful for ❤️ Happy Thanksgiving!

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