Not sure what I'm going to talk about, it will be quick, that's for sure, I'm not one for speeches, but I have much to be thankful for. From the first day of taking Nancy Aroine's writing workshop to John Hough Jr's writing class every Wednesday night for years, to a great support system of people who encouraged me with simple and kind words along the way, I am thankful for them all. And friends, here and in Ireland, who are always steadfast in love and humor and understanding.
It's been a huge year for our family, in February we got the best biggest pup you've ever seen, Tukka is a real life version of Clifford the big red dog, he's brilliant and brings a ton of joy into the home. In June we welcomed Yolani into our family. She left her home and family in the Marshall Islands for an education and to be a nurse. It has been joyful, heartbreaking and really interesting to see how she makes her way in this world and this family. She is one of the bravest and strongest girls I know. I have a house full of them. It is never dull and my kids have excepted her like a sister, fights and all, just like it should be. My husband the bold Chuck is the type of man who said, "you can do this, just do it." He's always right that fella. It would drive you nuts.
And then there is the little one, the one that took up all the mornings when the rest of the kids were in school, Chesca and the Spirit has been a labor of love, and she's heading out into the real world today - as they say on the Vineyard - Whatever The Outcome.