“My belief is that thanks and wonder are the greatest forms of thinking..”
— G.K. Chesterton
The year was full of unexpected twists and turns. I don’t have much to add other than: Thank you.
I am thankfulYou, my dear readers. Your support allows me to express my feelings on the pages. Since I was little, I’ve loved to write and always wanted to. Now I’m an older bird and have done lots of it, but never has it entailed as much fun as I have had interacting with you on RedState. It’s a pleasure that I look forward to every day, and I thank you for affording me the privilege.
I am thankfulIt has been over a whole year since I joined Team RedState! Since I was a teenager, I’ve been writing independently and for various channels. This is the best team I have ever had the privilege to work with. We all know how detrimental a team can make on motivation and productivity. Good teams are more productive and enthusiastic, so I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with one.
ThankfulMy husband who is supportive and allows me to be creative. He reads everything I write, and even reads the comments—so he’s gotten to know some of you too! He chose me as his partner in life and I feel blessed.
I am thankfulWe have finally found our home. Some of you have read about our saga of being in between homes thanks to California’s horrible prices and horrible housing policies. Despite many of you telling me to “Get Out” and even suggesting some great places (appreciate it), we know we are called to be here, in the land of the fruits, nuts, and diehard conservatives (there’s still a lot of us). We love California, even though it is in a downward spiral, because our husband does a fantastic job and have an amazing faith community. It is our goal to reverse the downward spiral, and we now have a home where that can be done. God will always provide what you require to fulfill His purposes. I’m glad we stuck it out, and grateful for the fulfillment of His promises to us.
With all of this in mind I am thankfulThat we had shelter and safety for our pets during this period of uncertainty is a blessing. That’s no small thing. Although we have been there before, it was never this long. Extended stay facilities are expensive, and many don’t allow pets. However, we were provided for on every front and no issues during months of uncertainty. We are so grateful.
I am thankfulOrange is now a sane county. Freedom is real and most elected officials support the right of citizens to be free. Here, small businesses thrive; however, Newsom’s goon team of unelected bureaucrats is making it impossible for me to say that the same can be said about other county-based small businesses (such as Los Angeles).
I am thankfulWe have arrived in a calm city in this serene county. This is double good fortune.
These are just a few of the other things you will find. I am thankfulfor their super-clean dog parks and the friendly owners. Our two Bubbas, and my little Bubbette, had an amazing time yesterday with many cute dogs and their parents, including a dad and his teenage girls, who were absolutely adorable. Everybody was happy to spend time outside with dogs and other people. No one was glued to their phone, being weird or paranoid, and looking down their noses at you because your dogs aren’t quiet and don’t wear Gucci collars. My fur kids are sweet, but a little crazy—kind of like their Mamma. Their fur babies are loud and sometimes dirty. Although we groom them every week, they are not always clean. Los Angeles County was home to many toxic and disappointing experiences. We never took them to these parks. This is like getting a fresh breath and a chance to discover our surroundings.
This list could go on for a long time, but it is not exhaustive. Despite the fact that our nation is not leading and are doing everything they can to destroy this country, America still exists. People need to be taught by those who worked at the Southern Border. Recognize: We are in the best country on Earth.
I leave you with a little ditty of one verse (you’ll thank me for that) of one of my favorite Thanksgiving songs. Didn’t know that was a thing? Take a look.
Oh Lord! We bring honor and praise to you
To You as a token of appreciation
To Your wonderful grace
You strong, loving love
We are now invited to express our gratitude again
We are now empty, O Lord!
We can lift only our hearts and voices.
Singing to show gratitude and humility
You provide the best, so be a guide to others and bless them with your kindness.
Thank you for your delight in delighting us every day.
Jack W. Hayford: A gift of Thanksgiving 1987 Annamarie Music.
We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving