On this day 13 years ago, life as we knew it in America changed forever. Let us not forget all of those who lost their lives on September 11th. Also, let us not forget those men and women in the military and their families whose lives were also changed forever because of the events of this day 13 years ago. I'll always remember the sense of panic and anxiety I felt sitting in my high school classroom as we watched the news coverage in horror and shock.
All could think about were my family members who worked near and in the World Trade Center as well as the Pentagon. Our family was lucky that day and no one was physically hurt. However, for them I'm pretty sure just the thought that they could have been among those who weren't as fortunate to make it out alive still haunts them. As one of my cousins told me, you just don't get over an experience like that once you've lived it.
This week, I'm giving thanks to God for having watched over my loved ones on this day and allowing them to be here with us to share their story. That was yet another moment that proved just how precious and fleeting life is. I'm thankful today for all the men and women in our armed forces who wake up daily and go to bat for us as a nation. I've said it once and I'll it again, your bravery for putting your life on the line for millions of strangers leaves me in awe!
I also want to give thanks that this week I have had the opportunity to be a friend and pillar of support for one of my loved ones as they go through a really difficult time. As much as my heart broke and still breaks for what my family member is going through, I've been able to find my own personal comfort in knowing that this experience has strengthened our bond. I thank God for giving me the right words to say because I was truly at a loss for them.
Things are still going well with Moo and school and I am grateful for that. We did have a bit of a dilemma with pick-up, but again God came through and it's been worked out. I'm grateful for all of the new opportunities that are steadily coming my way and the strength to turn down the ones that aren't the right fit. It's easy to let money influence us to make a not so wise partnership.
Lastly, I'm thankful for this lovely and much cooler pre-Fall weather that we have been having this week. While I've enjoyed days warm enough to take a dip in the pool, there's just something about Fall that makes me feel all warm and cozy. Plus, I'm anxious to light up our fireplace for the first time now that we have one again. I foresee lots of indoor marshmallow roasting with the kids.
What are you giving thanks for this week?