Lucia Raatma

Writer and Editor


So Much to Be Thankful For

Posted by Webmaster on November 23, 2010 at 11:51 AM

Thanksgiving is just two days away, which means it’s the perfect time to talk about all the things I’m grateful for. And, really, there is so much on that list.


At the very top of my mound of blessings are my wonderful husband and kids. Andy is always there to make me laugh, even after a very bad day, and I consider myself so lucky to have tied the knot with him nearly sixteen years ago. Two of the incredible benefits of our marriage are our sweet, healthy, happy kids. Lizzie brings a smile to my face each day as she tells me about the events of middle school and talks about what horse she rode during her lesson. Her eyes light up at the very mention of friends and sleepovers—pure bliss. And then there is Alex, just a burst of positive, never-ending energy. Football, hockey, soccer, baseball—he’s ready to try all of them. And let’s watch the highlights on Sports Center. But he’s still just young enough that cuddling up together with a book makes him happy, too. Our golden retriever, Chloe, completes the household, and I can’t imagine live without her. Those big brown eyes seem to understand every worry, and she’s always there with a wagging tail to make me feel better.


Beyond the walls of my home, I have even more things to be grateful for:

• A job, though quirky, which fills my days with one challenge after another

• Friends, ranging from grade school through last week, who make my life fuller and more interesting

• Sisters and a brother, although spread far and wide, who always remind me where I came from and who I am

• A mom, who handled the loss of my dad with grace, and has really shown her strength and fortitude in this last year


When I turn on the news and hear about the recession and the latest election and all the world’s problems, I listen. But I also tune out to some degree. Yes, nothing’s perfect and there will always be conflict, but right here, right now, things are pretty good.


Look around in your life. What do you have to be thankful for? See what others are saying at


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Reply danaCreative
2:09 PM on December 10, 2010 
Just got around to reading this, Lucia. We all have so many things for which to be thankful, and I am glad you took a moment to mention your family. It's always endearing to see people appreciate the wonderfulness that is family.

Also, thank you for mentioning Epic Thanks. That organization is doing a lot of great things using the power of social media and gratitude.