I am thankful for . . .

I was asked to write a few things down for which I am thankful.  There’s truly not enough room.  God’s blessings have been many and numerous.  I mean, I am a guy of average intelligence, but I have so much. My family is wonderful.  My wife is the best person I have ever known and has lifted me to heights I could never imagine. Each one of our children has grown into really fine young adults. I also think they and Beth make me laugh more than anyone else does.  I really enjoy laughing. I don’t want to forget my parents, brothers, and all my in-laws, nieces, and nephews as they mean so much to me and my life would not be as full without them. My church family allows me to see God’s love in human form. They are some of the most caring, loving, and giving people imaginable. They have strengthened me when I was weak, cared for me when I was tired, and encouraged me when I was downtrodden. From high school, to college, to my current friends and neighbors, I doubt I ever could have imagined a better group with whom to grow up and grow older (not old though!).  The people who have trusted me with their life savings, who are part of my almost 30 years of business, humble me when I reflect upon my beginning. Many of them had no reason to believe in me, but they did and for that, I will be ever grateful. My college basketball coach changed my life and allowed me to become a man who my wife would one day want to marry. My staff at work are really good people of great character, and it is a privilege to work with them. I mean, there are so many things like living in the greatest country ever, all the sacrifices that were and are being made by those protecting this nation, the medical people through the years that have taken care of our family, the fact I got to grow up in a small mid-western town, lived in South Dakota in a trailer for a couple of years, watched my three children born, BBQ, and I have had some really great dogs in my life, pretty much make me one of the most blessed people I know. I’m sure I left out a bunch of things, but hope you’ve enjoyed my brief recollection of things for which I am thankful.  I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving, good health, and peace.