Thanksgiving: 10 Reasons to Give Gratitude

The day before Thanksgiving everyone is itching for a long weekend, some time off, great food and to be able to wear sweatpants with no shame. I, with the rest of you, cannot wait until tomorrow. With the anticipation of a fun filled long weekend, I can’t help but sit back today and reflect over how thankful I am for so much in my life.

Almost all of the photos in this blog post show families and friends together, enjoying one another and sharing the moment they are present in. A few show a single person who many are thankful for.

Almost all of the photos in this blog post show families and friends together, enjoying one another and sharing the moment they are present in. A few show a single person who many are thankful for.

Thanksgiving does that to you. It makes you realize the glass is half full if not overflowing in abundance in your life. Thanksgiving gives us the opportunity to choose gratitude. For some, gratitude comes easier than others. I know for me I tend to choose gratitude more so in hind sight. Sometimes it is hard to see the blessings in front of you in the moment.

Family Remember When Portraits 2018 Thanksgiving

It takes discipline to choose gratitude daily. Lately though, given personal circumstances, I have found gratitude to come easier for me. Even if gratitude doesn’t come naturally to you, you can still give thanks. Our days are filled with never ending opportunities for us to practice making gratitude a habit.

Mom Dad Baby at the River 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

Here is my challenge to you as we approach Thanksgiving tomorrow: make a list of gratitude. Reflect tonight on your day, on the past week, the past month or even over the past year to discover how many blessings you can choose to be thankful for. Here are my 10 reasons to give thanks for this Thanksgiving:


1 - I am thankful for access to healthcare. Those that know me personally know our family’s world has been flipped upside down due to health issues. Because of our access to caring doctors, specialists and talented surgeons, members of our family are on their way to living a better quality of life.

2 - I am thankful for my husband, for being my constant, for choosing to love and support me every day and for being the reason I have clean clothes to wear daily (yes, he does the laundry in our house!)

Man looking out at the lake 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

3 - I am thankful for my children, for assuring me that I am smarter than a 5th grader and for teaching me how to unconditionally love.

Siblings at the lake 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

4 - I am thankful for my family in Michigan, who have gone above and beyond in the past couple of months to show their support with constant calls, texts, visits, and assistance to our family - even going so far as to traveling 4 hours tomorrow providing and cooking Thanksgiving dinner for us to assure we aren’t alone or go without.

5 - I am thankful for our community, for rallying around our daughter to offer well wishes, meals, visits, donations, calls, messages, packages - you name it, you all provided for her and us during a very trying time. From previous CRHP sisters to MND to the Moeller Band Family to our St. C parish community to the Maineville Small Business Networking Group to neighbors and friends to people in the community at large - you all are the real MVP’s! I am grateful for each and every one of you.

2018 Moeller MND Marching Band Thanksgiving 2018 Remember When Portraits

6 - I am thankful for the ability to serve others through my gift of art, for being selected by many to help them to preserve their memories in photographs.

Girlfriend on Boyfriend's Back Thanksgiving 2018 Remember When Portraits

7 - I am thankful for transportation that is safe and runs the way it should without issue.

Red Chevy Corvette Home Coming Prom 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

8 - I am thankful for music and the ability to hear, for songs on the radio, for live concerts and local performances, for music teachers, music lessons and how every day our home is filled with music.

O'Keefe Music Foundation Prom Band Thanksgiving 2018 Remember When Portraits

9 - I am thankful for the ability to learn through technology and all at the touch of my fingertips.

Teenage Boy and Girl Holding Cell Phone 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

10 - Lastly, and most importantly, I am thankful for grace - as a believer, without God’s grace I would be nothing.

Baby in basket with Army Uniform black and white 2018 Thanksgiving Remember When Portraits

If you have read this blog post - Thank You. I hope it inspires you to choose to be grateful and be present tomorrow while enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday with those who matter most to you. Don’t be afraid to share with one another reasons you are thankful!