I haven’t blogged in a while because I have been so crazy busy with work, so I suppose I should start with being thankful for all the work I have had this year. When I started freelancing 4 years ago, it was pretty slow going for a while, but I have been really blessed with tons of work this year. (Sometimes even a little too blessed). I am back in the Midwest visiting my family as I do every Thanksgiving, and I am of course grateful as always to be surrounded by all of them. No one could ask for a better, more loving, bunch of people. And for the most part, they are people who care about others and making the world a better place (we are of course thankful for the recent national election outcomes), and this makes me love them all the more. For the past couple of years, our tradition has been to celebrate Thanksgiving on Saturday instead of Thursday, as this makes it easier on many with travel and other family plans. So we won’t really celebrate the holiday and say what we are thankful for until then, and this feels just ever-so-slightly wrong to me, in a way I can’t quite put my finger on. But I should get over it. I have never really been one to stand on tradition too much, and every day is really a day to be thankful and grateful for the gifts of this life.