You know what I’ve been thinking about lately? Award speeches. Not because I think I’m going to win an award anytime soon, but because I believe that gratitude can change your life in a big way.
I truly believe that God puts people in our lives for a reason, even if we don’t always see it. I’m grateful for the life I’ve lived, even if it hasn't been perfect. I’m grateful for the positive influences in my life, and I owe them some thank you’s, even if I’m not accepting any awards today.
Thank you Dad, for teaching me that we get what we work for in this life.
Thank you to Mama #1 for showing me in our short time together that having a gentle spirit and treating others with kindness can actually change the world.
Thank you to Mama #2 for teaching me not to fear the unknown and to instead trust that things will work out for the best.
Thank you Husband for showing me that I really can do scary things (like operate farm equipment). I hope to one day have as much confidence in myself as you do in me.
Thank you Nana for teaching me that happiness is a choice and mine matters.
Thank you Papa for teaching me that sometimes the company of a good dog is preferable to that of people.
Thank you Best Friend, for pulling me back to Jesus without even knowing you were doing it.
Thank you Grandma for teaching me that food is a love language, and caring for the ones you love sometimes looks like a ham on the table.
Thank you Grandpa for showing me that you’re never too old to laugh and share your story with others.
I could add so many more people to this list because I’ve been blessed beyond measure in this life, but I think I will just leave this here for now.
In a world full of hate and darkness, I hope you will remember to be thankful for the people who bring light into your corner of the world. It’s a game changer.