I have so much to be thankful for again this year. I have more blessings than I could ever list, but there are a few that I want to acknowledge here.
First and foremost, I am so thankful to have my firstborn son in my life. Especially thankful that I finally got to meet Christopher in person this year. This will be my second Thanksgiving KNOWING that he is alive and well, not just praying that he is. Before reunion, I really did not believe that I would ever be reunited with him in any way. I have to remind myself of that when I find myself wanting "more" of a relationship with Christopher. I am so thankful that he did get great parents, that he has a wonderful extended family as well. I am so thankful that he is healthy and happy.
I am so thankful for all my children. I am so thankful that my three raised children have accepted and welcomed Christopher as a part of our family. It is so wonderful to see my kids as young adults and also to see two of them parenting their own children. I am especially proud of my daughter, who had her first child at 16, becoming an amazing mother at such a young age. I am thankful that all my children and grandchildren are healthy, happy, and enjoying life.
I am so thankful for my group of close friends. Two of us have been friends since 2nd grade, the rest I met in high school. There are 5 of us, and I would be lost without them. I have many friends, but The Girls are a part of me. I am so thankful for our special friendships that have grown for over 32 years. My grade school friend and I have been friends for 40 years now! They have been with me through thick and thin, they are completely supportive of my reunion, and they always include Christopher and his children as a part of my family.
And last, but not least, I am so very thankful for all the "friends" I have met online in my quest for finding myself after reunion with Christopher. I truly don't know where I would be right now if I had not found all of those who validated the confusing thoughts and feelings I was having. I am pretty sure I would have stayed right in that closet, scared of my own feelings, thinking something was wrong with me.
I wish each and every one of you a very blessed Thanksgiving. I hope you enjoy a fabulous day full of family, friends, and too much good food!