Thankful for…

My family did a “what I’m thankful for” zoom. Each of us shared 3 things we were grateful for. There was one rule, which I actually didn’t follow, you couldn’t say family. So today on Thanksgiving, I figured I would share here what my 3 things were.

1. Here’s where I didn’t follow the rules. I’m thankful for Courtney and Alyssa. Actually, I think what I meant to say is I’m thankful to be here with Courtney and Alyssa. Not a day goes by where I don’t realize the miracle of me still being here with them because 5 years ago that opportunity was almost taken away from my family. For that, I am thankful.

2. Communication Devices. I am so thankful for communication devices. Though Courtney has words, they can be hard to understand and she pretty much never uses her voice to communicate her wants and needs. Thanks to communication devices, Courtney is able to tell us what she wants at any give time. For a mom and a teacher of children who are non-verbal, it’s an amazing thing! for that I am thankful!

3. Team Cranston. I couldn’t be more thankful for all the people who help keep my family moving forward. This is a large team. It’s a team of caregivers, loved ones, friends, teachers, therapists and babysitters. Without each and everyone of these people, I’m pretty sure my family wouldn’t be where we are today. During these crazy and uncertain times we have needed to lean on Team Cranston more than ever and have had to find creative ways to do that. Covid 19 has not stopped this this family from thriving and staying happy in the process. There have been some big bumps and bruises along the way, but Team Cranston has been there to help support and love us each and every step. For that, I am beyond thankful for.

Thanksgiving is very different this year. I’ve struggled with it some too. But then I realized what is important. My family is happy and healthy and honestly, that’s all that matters. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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