I am taking this moment today, the day before Thanksgiving, to reflect back on this last year.  It has been a busy day, trying to get ready for the holiday weekend, organizing and planning food, and starting the pies needed for tomorrow.  This day, before the day of thanks, will be when I spend the time honoring the things and people that have blessed us this year.

Because tomorrow I will be cooking for my family, and playing Wii games with the kids.

I am thankful that my kids are having a good year in school, and that we live in a part of the country that values education and families participation in their childrens learning.

I am thankful for the community we live in, work in, and are surrounded by.  Each one showing what the word “community” means in times of need.

I am thankful for my parents, who no matter what, offer whatever time and resources we need, without thinking twice.

I am thankful for the rest of my family, who I know I can call on for anything, at any time.

I am thankful for my friends near and far, that check in, call in, write in and text in, just to say hello.

I am thankful for my job, and my ability to spend time with my family, even while working full time.

I am thankful for our health, our stability, and our home.

I am thankful for the police chaplains that offer their strength and prayers, even when I think I don’t need them.

I am thankful for Jason Beckett.

I am thankful for Savage, Prior Lake, Shakopee, Bloomington, Burnsville, State Patrol, Mpls, Belle Plain, the DNR, Plymouth, Cottage Grove, Woodbury, Maplewood, St Paul, Golden Valley, Maple Grove, Brooklyn Center, Lakeville, St Anthony, Lino Lakes, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, New Brighton…. and the hundreds of other law enforcement agencies that have been here for us for the past 10 months and 19 days. (I listed as many as I could think of in one minute)

I am thankful for the families that stand behind us each and every day, and continue to ask what we need, are we okay, and what can we do for you.

I am thankful that God hears prayers, and that God gives answers, and that I listen now, instead of rushing through life, missing the important parts and moments.

And I am very thankful today for my friend, Officer Joey Kanz,  because he was in the exact right place, at the right time, and he was the first, in a chain of many, that brought Frank through the storm, so that he could be here with me today.

So that I can be thankful for him, my husband, on a day that we all give thanks for the ones we love, even when they keep coming into the room, trying to read the post while I am writing – even when he KNOWS that it drives me crazy.

I am thankful that Frank is here to drive me crazy.

Thank you to you all, for being my listening ear, my support and comfort, my cheerleaders, my voice of concern, and my friends.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

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