Wednesday, November 26, 2014


I am grateful that the sun continues to shine.
Even when I might prefer to sit in darkness.

I am grateful that my children grow tall and strong.
Even when I might wish that time could stop.

I am grateful for family and friends around me.
Even when I might prefer to be alone in my sadness.

I am grateful for a table laden with food.
Even while I remember how he wasted away.

I am grateful for the laughter and delight of my children.
Even when I don't feel like laughing.

I am grateful for the opportunity to be grateful.
Even when I have to work hard to find it.

I am a naturally happy person. I am regularly asked, "and how are the kids?" and I respond, automatically but with sincerity and truth, "they're doing well, thank God." I lean toward the positive nearly all the time. I find the the light and the blessing in nearly everything. 

There is darkness here, surely.
But I lean toward the light.

As we continue on our journey to bring light to others, please consider a Thanksgiving gift to the St Baldrick's Foundation in honor of your blessings. All gifts are being matched by an anonymous family foundation with a goal of $1 million.


  1. Sadness should stay separate from the joy and thankfulness.

  2. I am grateful for your words and hard truths. You continue to inspire me and so many others.

  3. Beautiful writing. Bittersweet days.

  4. I am grateful for you and your brave willingness to bear witness to all of these things.

  5. thank you, Sammy, your light shines in my heart