I am grateful every day that I have people in my life who love me, put up with me, laugh with me, cry with me, who get my jokes and appreciate my passion.
I am grateful every day, despite the heartache that has come before, and will come again, that I have a heart capable of limitless love.
I am grateful every day for my daughter. She is the light of my life and has grown into an amazing woman. And I am grateful for the man who loves her and shares himself with her.
I am grateful every day for my husband, whose love for me and whose faithfulness to the life we have together is beyond anything I could have hoped for.
I am grateful every day that we share our home with two cats and two dogs who wait for us to come home, who pester us to feed them, who take up too much space on the bed, who trip us in the hallway and who are only with us for a time, but give us love every day.
I am grateful every day that I have a well-paying job, food in the cupboards, and that I live in a house I adore with neighbors who are simply the best.
I am grateful every day for my political junkie friends. You complete me.
I am grateful every day for long-time friends. You all still like me, and I am humbled by the love you have continued to give me through all of it.
I am grateful every day for my new friends. I hope you all realize what you’ve gotten yourselves into.
I am grateful everyday that I said yes to photography.
I am grateful for crowded stores, holiday music, and pumpkin spice lattes.
But most of all . . .
I am grateful every day that I did not yield to the gray so many years ago.
I am grateful every day that I stayed.