A Lot To Be Thankful For…

When Kristin & I lived in Maryland, one of our favorite things to do was to attend the Remembrance Day parade in Gettysburg the weekend before Thanksgiving.

Personally, I have always loved history, and enjoyed seeing the re-enactors march through the streets as it brought the town to life!

So the other day, I took a stroll on the Internet to see what was going on with this year’s ceremonies, only to come to find out that like most things, it was cancelled.

So I began thinking…

For the first time in forever, my brothers and my nieces will not be here.  Which is awkward in its own way, as our place is a hub of activity during Thanksgiving week like most of yours.  And the closest this holiday will come to anything I have experienced in my life, is having celebrated Thanksgiving in Qatar in 2003 or Christmas in Oman in 2001.

Both situations provided plenty of opportunity for one to be in ‘less’ than the holiday spirit, but in retrospect, those were some of the most fun, memorable times I ever had in the service.

So in preparing for this year’s celebration, Kristin and I decided to maintain our normal schedule with the kids. Will they be different, sure, but ‘hope is contagious’.

And how can we be anything but hopeful?

-Economically, we have come back from the brink

-For the 46th time in our nation’s history we are undergoing the peaceful transfer of power 

-Scientists have developed vaccines in record setting time using a protocol that may lead to   more medical advances than we know about. 

So this Thanksgiving let us be thankful for the gift of hope as there is light at the end of the tunnel. 

Wishing you all the happiest of Thanksgivings!

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