What I’m Thankful For: A Thanksgiving Post

It is officially thanksgiving here in Canada, and I have a few words to say, and few things that I am extremely thankful for and excited to share.

I am abundantly blessed, and extremely grateful for the type of life I get to live. I recognize that my life is very privileged in most regards, and I know I have many things to be thankful for…and these few things, that I have to offer up in this piece are truly, and really only scratching the surface of this rewarding and incredible life that I get to live.

Firstly, I am thankful for my family. I am so incredibly blessed to have the family I have. I know it might seem cheesy, obvious, and something most people say around Thanksgiving time, but I truly can’t say enough about how truly blessed I am to have the family I have. As most of you know, I am adopted, and my birthparents took very special care in choosing the family they would give me too. The family I have, is one of the most incredible gifts I could have possibly been given in life. My parents are supportive, loving, caring, compassionate, and truly are some of the strongest people I have ever had the privilege of knowing. Not only are they all these things on there own, they are all these things together, making each other stronger.
Also, through adoption I got a really great extended family, grandparents, Uncles, Aunts, and Cousins, who are supportive, funny, and hilarious…I am so very thankful for them.
To top all this off – incredible parents, great extended family – I also have great biological family as well. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to build a relationship with my biological family. I know this is a very special occurrence in matters of adoption, and I am so thankful to have a great relationship with my birthfather Matt, his wife Tiffaney, and all there family! I am also incredibly happy to get to know my birthmother Jessica (who passed away  before I had the opportunity to meet her) through her family, her sisters, her father, and get to know them and have them in my life as well.

Secondly, I am thankful for my ‘partners in crime’.
I have been so fortunate to find so many incredible friends. They make my life richer, more fulfilled and help make me the best person I possibly can be. My best friend Carlee has been here for me since I was five years old, and I am so aware that having a ‘forever friend’ is rare, and sometimes not always possible! I am so happy I have her, and have a writing buddy, someone who understands my emotions before I do, and knows me inside and out.
Also, I am thankful for Bryce. Thankful that with him around I have a road trip buddy, a study partner, a fellow doctor who fan, and another best friend.
I am also thankful for my other partners in crime! – from the ones that live in Kitimat (those who run tackle shops, and those who have children, or those who play piano!) to my friends from Bible College, an all the other friends too. I am very fortunate to be surrounded by many lovely people, and I love them all dearly.

Thirdly, I am thankful for the opportunity to pursue post secondary education. I have been able to study theology and worship – two subjects very near and dear to my heart. As well,as being  able to dive into creativity, and work on developing my passion for writing and music through college studies, here on beautiful Vancouver Island.

There are so many other things that I could list, so many things I am so incredibly thankful for…but for today, I think I will cap it at that. I hope you all have an incredible thanksgiving, and thanks for taking time to read my work! (That’s another thing I’m thankful for – You! My readers!)

Blessings, Smiles,
Prayers, and Music!
♥JENESSA JOY♥

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