There are so many things to be thankful for as we head into 2012. As we try to kick our bad habits and keep our resolutions lets not forget all of the good things that 2011 and years before have given us.
For me, 2011 brought a new job, new town and new car – so 2012 has big shoes to fill. One thing that I am endlessly thankful for is the privilege of growing up in a small town, which is probably pretty relatable.
The past few weeks have been extremely difficult for my family as we have grieved the loss of my aunt, but our small community stepped up to make this difficult situation bearable. Friends and church family took time to visit my aunt in her final moments and also showed their support by sending food and flowers. My family is very grateful for all of the kindness the community showed us. Does that sort of thing happen in a big city? I’m not sure but I hope it does.
So many other times in my life my family has felt this same kindness and support. When my dad shattered his wrist while hanging drywall, family, friends and church members extended a helping hand to my parents to ensure their needs were met.
Some friends of the family lost their house to a fire last year and our community came together to see that they had a place to stay, food to eat and clothes on their backs.
Although I do not live in that small town anymore, there still are a lot of ties there that will never be severed. I know if I’m ever in trouble someone will be there to bail me out.
I’m sure you have similar stories to these in your hometown. There truly is an unexplainable power in the love and support from family and friends.
There has been weeks of reminiscing, that’s for sure. We have sat around telling stories of aunt Kathy and the joy she brought to our lives. My favorite memory is when she bought me a book all about the life of Brad Pitt, one of my childhood crushes. She knew how infatuated with him I was. I fell asleep that night on her couch still holding that book. She never let me live that down. I can also remember her letting me watch the movie “Twelve Monkeys” with a scene of my crush’s nude bottom even though my mom wasn’t too keen on me watching those kinds of movies. That’s what aunts are for, right?
I have challenged myself to make 2012 more about family and friends and strengthening the priceless relationships in my life, after all we don’t know how much time we will have here on earth.
May you have a joyful and prosperous new year. God bless,


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