Yesterday, was one of the best days I enjoyed. Great food with family and friends.There is just nothing else that can replace these times and as always, We miss the ones who were not able to make it or where having their own celebration holiday at their own homes.
It’s also great to share stories, past and present, meet new people,who have or may become family down the road. Just to be able to go over to your mom’s, grandmas,sisters,brothers house and able to celebrate a nice holiday,seeing all the kids run around, and how they have grown, or us adults who have grown older,or have gained or lost weight since the last time we seen each other,etc, but most of all able to share new family moments together. We make video’s or take picutures, send them to family who were not able to share these great times, or maybe just add them to our family pictures or albums of collections of ” family moments”. Anyways isn’t all this what the holidays are all ablout?
Yesterday, my brother manuel and sister in law, liz, besides making great food, and having us all over their beautiful home, with a very nice set upr for everyone, they handed out out cards and had everyone write down what they were thankful for and after they had them put in a container, handed them out to everyone, and we all took turns reading the card we had, and tried to guess who wrote it.I thought that was very nice, at the time, I really didnt focuse on what I was truly thanful for, so I just wrote down, I was thanful for each and every day, My sister in law- liz, when she heard my card, told me, “no this is not you, your the writer, I figured you were going to write a poem or something,” well honestly, I was just not in the writing mood, but now that I have rested,eaten and thought about it, I feel I am ready and want to do it again, my way. So Liz,Manuel and everyone else was there I will make my statement now, on what I am truly thankful for the most:
First and formost, I am truly thankful to God, for another day of life.
I am thankful to my Mom and Dad, for all the years, you both have struggled but found a way to keep food on our table,clothes on our backs and a roof over our heads. For raising brats like us, (lol), who have caused you some pain, headaches and worries, thru the years. Thank you for letting us have our friends over and the great B.B. Q’S, we had on weekends, but most of all for loving us,and for all your sacrafices you make and still continue to do for all the family, I am not only speaking for me, but for my brothers also, I am sure they agree.
I am thankful to my ex wife, Linda who took care of me in many ways, and for all the good times we shared together while we were married, may you truly find happiness wherever you are living.
I am thankful to my ex wife Nancy, for raising my 2 daughters we had together, for all the sacrafice and stuggle you encountered thru the years, but through it all found a way to make ends meet. For keeping them safe, and mostly for keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table, for all that you have done, there will always be a special place in my heart for you.
I am thankful for my daughters, Nancy and Amanda,for being part of my life, and the best thing that ever happened to me. you both make me proud. thank you for helping me see life diffently,changing my ways, if it wasn’t for you 2, I would have went down the wrong road I was heading for years back, but the love that I have in my heart for the both of you changed my direction and me, so thank you my precious angles for making your dad a better man. I will love you both now and forever, even in my next life, after death.
I am thankful for my oldest brother Manuel, who was the first to kick my ass, when I was a pain in his as we were growing up, for the example he has shown and continues to show with his actions as a brother,father,grandfather and leader of us “bonanza kids” thank you for all the times you took care of us when mom and dad were on their vacation for them, all parents we know need their own alone time, so thank you for giving them that time, and being in charge of the us brats. You have shown me, what being a marine is all about. even though I never served, myself.
I am thankful for my brother David, for being so tough also, and along with my brother manuel, showing me how to fight, not to back down from any man, and how to always back up your family in any time of need or whatever situation they may be in at the time. Thank you david, for showing me how to dance,dress and how to meet chicks. to me you were ” joe cool”, always having a good time and enjoying spending time with your friends, cruising and enjoying great music, I only wished you were still here with us today, to see how you have been a great part of our lives, I miss you alot, think and dream of you always, and always try to be like you, in some ways, God took part of all our hearts when you were taken from us so young in your life, may you rest in peace brother, we all love and miss you dearly.
I am thankful to my brother Bobby,who has helped me many times when I needed help not only mentally, but financially. I thank you brother,for not giving a second thought for all the times I needed your help, and for always being there not only for me, but for all your family, you have a heart of gold, and I am so blessed to have a brother like you.
I am thankful for my brother Gilbert, “gibby jay” who has always had my back, took care of me,stepped in and fought togher guys than me when we were growing up, and showing me also how to handle myself, and for when the time came for me to fight my own fights, even though he knew I could handle myself, was there to step in and take my place. thank you brother, for also changing your ways, seeing life different, and for especially helping mom and dad, cleaning the house all the time, giving them money when they needed it, for giving me things, and lending me money when I asked and just being the kind of brother that you are, your all heart bro..love you forever.
I am thankful for all those special friends of mine, ( too many to mention, but they know who they are), who have not only had my back when trouble came our way in certain situations, but for being a true friend in times of need. and to me they are not friends, they are Familia. thank you all, for all you have done and continue to do.
Last but not least, I am truly thankful to God,for giving me the opportunity to have been blessed with eveyone in my life, for blessing me when I didn’t or don’t deserve it, for also guarding my family, friends with his angles, againts all the wickedness of the devil,and his demons, spiritually, that attack us daily.For blessing this nation of ours even when they have turned their backs on him. Thank you lord, for the pastors, who struggle daily to keep all your children on the right paths, and for all the prayer warriors out there praying for us all also. thank you lord for everything.
HERE IS MY QUESTION TO YOU: WHAT ARE YOU MOST THANKFUL FOR?
TAKE CARE AND GOD BLESS