As it is Thanksgiving, I’d like to take a moment to say thanks for a few things in my life and my genealogy world.
- I am thankful that angioplasty has worked so well for my Mom and two weeks later she is pain free.
- I am thankful for the family that I laugh with, share with, argue with, and who each other nuts (I am sure the feeling is mutual)…for my nieces and nephew who always add something special to my day.
- I am thankful that the doctors were wrong about my the arthritis in my feet. I was supposed to be wheel chair bound by the time I hit my 40s. I’m still hanging in there as I inched towards 50. It hasn’t been a picnic but at least I get to the bathroom on my own two feet.
- I am thankful that I finally finished my backlog of documents needing to be input. It has been a royal pain in the butt and I’m glad it’s over. I discovered many documents I didn’t realize I hadn’t realized that I found the first time.
- I am thankful for my Nook. The arthritis in my hands was making it difficult for me to hold books–and I love reading. My Nook has brought that joy back into my life.
- I am thankful for the opportunities to be challenged intellectually and the chance to learn new things every day. That includes playing games with people who are far smarter than me (I will beat you some day!
- I am thankful for all the people who transcribe, index, and digitize records so this disabled genealogist can sit at her computer and research.
- This vegan is especially thankful for dark chocolate (which is usually dairy free) because no world is complete without chocolate.
- I am thankful for my new Nikon camera and all the beautiful photos it’s been taking.
- I am thankful for the genealogists I’ve met in the real world and online. They are some of the most helpful, gracious people I’ve ever met.
- I am thankful for all my friends. Those of you who put up with me on social networks and don’t mind me sliding between political rants, genealogy achievements, and silly animal photos are the best!
- I am thankful for the things in life that make me laugh, smile, and cry.
- I am thankful for all the creative folks in the world who write, paint, sculpt, draw, and do all sorts of creative things I could never imagine.
- I am thankful for those folks who can take a bad situation and somehow find the light at the end of the tunnel.
- And, I am thankful for all the goofballs…the eccentrics…the dreamers…the compassionate souls…we need more of you in this world.
And, I am happy for this little boofer who some times brings me to my last nerve but who never leaves me without a smile or unintentional hysterical laughter…I could imagine starting my day without her crawling out from under my quilt.
Genealogist and writer. Creator of the Portuguese Hawaiian Genealogy and Heritage website, yourislandroutes.com