As we sat down to eat tonight, the kids said they wanted to say the prayer. Our usual dinner time prayer consists of singing “Oh the Lord’s been good to me” or “Johnny Appleseed”, so I figured they would chose one of the two. Instead, Sophia (who must have been designated by the younger ones) blurted out “Thank you for this wonderful food and please comfort Danny in Heaven”.

These kids are amazing. They might not completely understand everything they have seen and heard the last few weeks, but they sure know that their family is sad, and I know they wish they could fix that. Madison gives extra hugs and kisses when she sees us sad, and this was Sophia’s way of trying to help.

After her prayer, my dad read off something him and my mom had written, about how even though it’s harder to accept the loss of such a young life, how we are heartbroken and saddened by it, we came together as a family today and chose to celebrate because we do have many other things to be thankful for. Danny would want us all doing just that.We toasted him, remembered him and kept his favorite candy out on the table.

I am thankful for the strong bond our family has. These last few weeks have brought us even closer. Reunited us. Strengthened our relationships and made us hug each other a little tighter, a little longer.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers, messages, emails…we appreciate each and every one.



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