At this festive time of year, when people focus on food, football, eating and shopping (especially shopping), when the news is full of articles about Black Friday and all the marvelous sales going on, when many people plan on getting up at 3 a.m. to (cough) stampede the mall, I’d like to offer my gratitude to God for the blessings in my life. I won’t have another opportunity before Thanksgiving Day to publicly state my appreciation, so here’s my list:

  1. I’m thankful for my Savior. Enough said.

  2. I’m thankful for my parents, whose marital commitment (51 years and counting) and excellent parenting skills gave me the security I needed to make good choices in life. The short- and long-term repercussions of good choices cannot be overemphasized. It affects nearly every aspect of life: spouse, health, happiness, attitude, you name it. My husband and I are passing that legacy of good choices on to our kids. And so it goes.
  3. I’m thankful for my children. They’re mature, levelheaded, funny and full of common sense. I can look forward to their teen years without worrying that they’ll smoke, drink, do drugs or get pregnant.
  4. I’m thankful for my health, and that of my family. Really thankful.
  5. I’m thankful to live in an era of modern medicine. If I’d lived a hundred years ago, I’d be orphaned, widowed and bereft of one child by now.
  6. I’m thankful for the chance to homeschool my girls. They are both becoming aware of what a public-school environment can do to children, and both are determined to someday homeschool their own kids. And so it goes.
  7. I’m thankful for our church and especially our pastor, who has encouraged our spiritual growth in endless ways. Could I imagine life without the saving grace of my faith? Not a chance.
  8. I’m thankful for the abundance of resources in this country. Flick a switch, lights come on. Push a handle, I get clean potable water. How cool is that?
  9. Along the same lines, I’m thankful for modern conveniences. Computers, cars, electricity, telephones, the Internet … remember what life was like without these things?
  10. I’m thankful to live in this country. Yes, we have problems, big ones. But because we have a legacy of liberty and freedom unprecedented in the annals of history, we’ll keep fighting to keep that freedom. I’m thankful for the soldiers as well as ordinary Americans who are fighting too.
  11. I’m thankful for all the hardworking blue-collar workers who constitute the backbone of this nation, and whose combined efforts make our lives a zillion times easier.
  12. I’m thankful for our wonderful friends and neighbors, who share our beliefs in independence, Second Amendment rights, self-sufficiency and distrust of government.
  13. I’m thankful to live a rural life, where I believe it’s easiest to raise wholesome kids.
  14. I’m thankful for our livestock. They give us milk, meat, eggs and manure (fertilizer!).
  15. I’m thankful for the skills my husband and I have learned or are learning that will lead to greater self-sufficiency. Ten years ago we didn’t have the faintest idea how to do most of what we do now. Our growing bank of skills has made our lives more independent.
  16. I’m thankful for our pets. We’ve had our ups and downs this year with our furry friends, but I can’t imagine life without something four-legged in the house. And overall, pets bring such sunshine and joy to life, don’t they?
  17. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work at home. It’s been a harsh struggle to build our business, but from the first we recognized that a home business was the key to a rural life without commuting. I’m thankful for the wholesale customers who allow us to do this.
  18. I’m thankful that our home was a cheap fixer-upper. When we bought it six years ago, we were careful to stay within a tight budget because we knew we couldn’t afford a massive mortgage. Now that the economy is precarious, I’m doubly thankful we had the foresight to be stingy … er, frugal.
  19. I’m thankful we’re not rich. I know that sounds strange, but it’s true. Our lean years have taught us unbelievable thrift. We don’t have to adjust to the dire economy – we already have. Our harsh years of frugality have allowed us the skills to hunker down and prepare for what I think will be a massive financial storm ahead.

  20. I’m thankful that people are starting to awaken from the apathy that has seized our country for the last few decades. We’re beginning to realize the government is not our friend, and maybe it’s better to look to ourselves to solve problems instead of expecting the government to do it for us.
  21. I’m thankful for the many fine independent columnists, commentators, authors, talk-show hosts and reporters that provide us with alternatives to the mainstream media.
  22. I’m thankful for WorldNetDaily and its wonderful staff, which has given me a platform to air my views to a large audience. I never in a million years thought to have such an opportunity. Never.
  23. I’m thankful to my readers, even the snarky ones. Wannabe writers spend years, often decades, dreaming about the day when others will read what they’ve written. Do you have any idea what a pleasure and a privilege it is to have people (gasp) actually read what I write? Unbelievable …! The thrill never fades.
  24. I’m thankful I can still write my opinions freely, and that the men in brown shirts haven’t come for me yet.
  25. Last and by no means least, I’m thankful for my husband. For nearly 20 years this man has stood by me through thick and thin, failure and success, good times and bad. Every night when he crawls into bed and snuggles beside me, I cannot believe how fortunate I am to call him “husband.”

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