I realize that I have a lot to be thankful for this year. Along with my husband getting a better job and us moving into our own place, for sale we have so many other things to be thankful for.

But I’ve learned that even when you have nothing, capsule you can still be thankful.

It’s not that I’m ungrateful for the things I have, but when you are “down on your luck” you are even more thankful for the day to day things. I feel like I was more thankful to have food. I was more thankful for heat. I was more thankful for my son’s doctor. I was more thankful for so many things and so many people, because we had close to nothing and we were surviving.

I’m thankful for our car, but I was “even more” thankful for the time and work my father put into the other one that we had before. I was thankful that it safely got us from point A to point B. I was thankful when the prices of gas went down under $4.00 a gallon so we could afford it. I was thankful for new tires. I was thankful that we were somehow able to afford the repairs, when it just didn’t seem possible. I was thankful that when we had no idea what the problem was or how to fix it, we were living with an amazing man who did know how to and gladly took time out of his day to fix it for us.

I’m thankful for the roof over our head now, but I was “more” thankful for the roof over our heads before. I know, it just sounds weird. But have you ever been in the position where you are literally praising God because He placed the most amazing people under that same roof? Even people who don’t believe on Him like you do, but love you and respect you just the same? I was so thankful that we had Lauren and Jim in our lives. To this day they are some of my favorite people in the universe. Every time I think about everything they have done for us, I get a bit more than teary eyed. I’m thankful for the warmth that we had in that house because Jim spent hours in the summer chopping wood. I’m thankful for all the times I had a little break from being a mother because Lauren would take Neylan outside. “Little things”.

I’m extremely grateful that my son can go to Boston for his healthcare now, but I’m thankful “even more” for the healthcare he had after he was born in NH. We couldn’t afford anything. We were blessed that my son’s expenses were covered by NH Medicaid. We would never have been able to climb out of the mountain of debt we would have been under for that procedure and hospital stay. I’m thankful that Neylan had the doctor he had when we were in NH and that he didn’t leave to Seattle until my son’s last procedure was done. He was much more knowledgeable of my son’s condition than the doctor to follow and take over his position.

The more I look back over my past 5 years, I realize just how grateful I am to the people who made just staying alive possible. I’m more thankful for the people who helped provide the things we needed than I am that I had those things.

Be certain to take some time to think about the people in your life. Don’t be thankful just for your things, but be grateful for the amazing human beings in your life that helped make them happen. When we look at what really matters in life we realize that it’s the people in our lives who make it worth living.

Megan A.K.A. “Mom”