I'll admit it. It's hard for me to be thankful lately.
My life has gone steadily downhill since we returned to the States about 7 years ago. We have lost our savings, our home, Lance's good job, our good credit rating, our retirement account and pretty much any hope of ever living the American dream. I have lost several friends who don't know how to relate to me anymore -- but I've kept a few very good ones too! Today, I live in a constant state of stress over how to pay the bills and put food on the table.
Maybe we should have stayed overseas. Probably we should have stayed overseas. But you can't change the past.
I hate the fact that I have had to downgrade my list of "thank-you's", but at the same time it's made me realize what is most important. Over the past few years, I have lost material things, and I have had to give up a lot of my hopes and dreams, but I have not lost the things that really matter. The things I am most thankful for: family, friends, salvation in Christ -- these things remain constant. For that, I am truly thankful.