Last year, for the month of November, I got into the habit of putting (as my status update on Facebook) who or whatever I was thankful for. The idea for this came from my sister, Myranda. I don’t know if the idea was hers originally or if she got it from someone else – you do know how viral some things can be on the largest social network in the world.
I really got into this – daily giving thanks thing – and as the days of November flew toward that very special Thanksgiving Day, I didn’t want it to end. I was having so much fun and realized – maybe half-way through – that just the simple idea of stopping for a moment each day and reflecting upon the many things (people, places, etc.) that I had to be thankful for, was extremely therapeutic for me.
This year I’ve decided to do it again; however, I’m going to kick it up a notch. Instead of just doing a Facebook status update, I am going to write a short article each day of November, sharing with you who or what (and why) I am thankful for on that particular day.
I’ve made my list already – that was the easy part – and had originally planned to share it all in one article; until I realized the scope of such a project. The length (alone) of the piece would be astounding. And so I decided to share one thing I’m thankful for per day. Please know that my thankful list is in no particular order; but that I am truly grateful for each and every person, place, or thing on this list.
Now that you’ve got the gist, let me tell you a little bit about why I am thankful – today, November 1st – for my sister.
Today I am thankful for my sister because she shared this fabulous concept with me. But that’s not the only reason I am thankful for Myranda.
My sister is an amazing mother. She and Michael have 3 wonderful – and precocious – boys, with a 4th one on the way. Pause here to let that sink in. Yep, 4 boys. Bless her heart.
My sister is a very good daughter. Myranda is probably the best daughter my mom has. Not to belittle my role as mom’s daughter but Myranda has had 26 years to practice and I’ve only had one (more about that when I tell you why I’m so thankful for my birth mom).
My sister is a patient military wife. She has kissed her husband goodbye on countless occasions and watched him go off to fight for our country, further his education, and receive the necessary training to do his job.
(Please note: my sister’s husband Michael is not – by himself – on my thankful list; however, I wish to thank him for his service to our country, and for taking such good care of my sister and my nephews. Neither job can be very easy at times, I’m sure. So thank you, sincerely, Michael.)
My sister is stubborn, opinionated, honest, and sometimes downright scary. And it is at those times that I realize most how thankful I am that she is my sister.
Because Myranda is also loving, sweet, helpful, smart, and true. She has strong convictions and she shows no shame in sharing her feelings about any given topic.
Do you see? I don’t know my sister very well. I met her in July, 2009. Once we got over the “long lost sister” stuff, we started to bond – as only sisters can. This process is not quick, nor is it always easy. But it does make my life interesting for sure.
So today, this first day of November, I am thankful for my sister. I love her unconditionally and true. I am blessed in so many ways to have her in my life and I just thought you should know why I am so very thankful for Myranda!
If you have a sister (or two…) who drives you crazy, gives good hugs, makes you cry, dries your tears, keeps you honest, drives you crazy – oops, I said that already. Just take it from me: if you are within arms length of your sister(s) today, give her a hug, tell her how much you love her, and how thankful you are that she is in your life.
And if you can’t do that, a phone call works too! Either way, be thankful for sisters. They are just good people.
I love you, Sister!
Myranda (Thanks again for a fabulous idea this thanksgiving month of November)
Please note: Again, my thankful list is really not in any particular order of importance. You will realize this as we head through the next 30 days of thanks. Stop back tomorrow and find out just why I am so thankful for Maggie! Feel free to make your own thankful list this holiday season. And of course, giving thanks does not have to be just a November thing, either. Enjoy!