Why we're thankful

Why we're thankful

I'm thankful for crisp mornings on the Rogue when salmon strike. Neighbors who wave and care about each other. A herd of deer causing an "Oregon traffic jam." A glass of wine along the Rogue on an Indian summer's eve. An attitude of gratitude for living here in Oregon.

I am thankful for my family; mostly my mom, dad and brother, for they are always there for me no matter what happens. I am also thankful to be here on this Earth in this day and age, for there is no way to even describe our world today. Beautiful, amazing, wonderful and life full are just a few words that pop up in my head.

Dr. Miroslav Bobek was on call, an unexpected gift to us on a hot August night when my husband, Bruce, was rushed to the hospital for what would be a brain tumor. It was more than his skill. Dr. Bobek's commitment to quality of life and to the preciousness of family graced our last months with Bruce. So many kindnesses he gave us ... to this day our family smiles at the memory of the doc singing the Eagles song "Love Will Keep Us Alive" to Bruce after surgery just because Bruce liked the words. Thanks doc!

I am so thankful to God to have survived uterine and cervical cancer. I am also thankful for my wonderful husband, who stayed by my side through every treatment and surgery.

I am thankful for the donors to the $450,000 YMCA facility campaign. We have a new roof, new entryways and the gymnasium is now being renovated, with locker rooms to follow in spring. With the communities' support, we meet our mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

I'm most thankful I've had the opportunity to travel the world. I've discovered, wherever I might land — from a coral atoll in the South Pacific to a volcanic isle in the Caribbean — people are basically kindhearted.

I am thankful for my granddaughter, Ariel, who has Down syndrome. She is the most amazing young lady at 15 years. She has opened my eyes to many things and has made me a better person in the last 15 years, and I will forever be thankful for having her as my granddaughter.

I'm thankful for food, shelter, lord Jesus, family, friends, my life, what I have, my awesome neighbors, my best friend, all the love in the world, warm blankets, my sister, the beautiful planet, opportunities in life, happiness, love, joy, kindness, my health, my parents, holidays, the times to enjoy as family, my community, the beautiful seasons, our soldiers, a warm house, my animals, people who help us when times are tough, grandparents, all the beautiful colors we get to see every day, happiness ... there's a lot to be thankful for!

On Feb. 26, two days after my 65th birthday, I received a new kidney. As two young friends had physically failed, my boyfriend, Dennis Lindquist turned out to be a suitable match. I was on dialysis for one year prior. So, a huge year to be thankful for my life and for Dennis! Also thanks to all my doctors and personnel at Oregon Health & Science University and here in Medford for keeping me going and to my friends at senior bowling, our motorcycle group and sun friends for their prayers and good thoughts.

I am very thankful for my friends and family, without whom I could not have survived this painful year of loss.

I am thankful for so many things: God, wife, children, parents, family, friends and my pets. To be able to get up each day and share the blessings of living in this great country, Oregon and Medford. We all have an opportunity to bless someone each day ... make today that day. It is an attitude! I am thankful I can control my attitude and be thankful for the life I live. So can you! Be a blessing and be thankful you can.

I am near 90 and am so thankful. I still have my six children, and most live in the Rogue Valley, all graduated and no drugs, alcohol, smoking or other problems. I married their mother, LaVonne, from Klamath Falls, she was my school sweetheart who passed away in her 70s. I am so thankful for my now-wife, Brenda, a wonderful wife who spoils me rotten, and our great home and my good friend, Dr. Brian Gross.

Moving from the islands to Oregon to be here with my son and his family is enough to be so grateful with everyday happenings. Working in a senior retirement home for 18 years and seeing everyday life that they experience is enough to be thankful for. I have a saying, "kindness is free, a smile is free." It shows me that I am capable of being kind, smile and just be there for others. I am so grateful every day if I am able to get up and start my day to be able to give all that to others, being there for my family that I so enjoy.

We are truly thankful this year because our daughter, Robin, got to have her 50th birthday party. She was born with a heart defect and wasn't supposed to live very long. On the 23rd of September, she went into respiratory arrest. After 21/2; weeks in the hospital, she made her birthday party in October. Thank you Jesus. What a celebration.

I am now in my 89th year. I am thankful for the blessings of family and friends and am thankful that the lord Jesus loves me and is my savior.

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