Category Archives: Ramblings of Thanks

My birthday falls on Thanksgiving this year (anyone looking for a last minute gift, cash or gift cards to the Home Depot are welcome), and to celebrate, I’m going to reprise something for the blog that many of us did on Facebook last year. Each day, I will center my blog around something in my life I am thankful for. In this manner, I will attempt to be more grateful for the many blessings in my life. Hopefully, this series will provide a little positivity and inspiration to your day.

Ramblings of Thanks 2011

Today, I’m thankful for many things.  I have two wonderful sons who call me nearly every night to talk and play games.  I have both of my parents who are still here to enjoy this day with me.  I have a great sister and four amazing nieces.  I have some of the best friends a man could wish for.  I also have some great extended family members who care for me and encourage me.  I have a steady job with good benefits.  I have an excellent new publisher that works hard to produce a quality product and generates promotion and marketing campaigns for their books.  All of these are my reasons for thanks.

I’m also thankful for the years I got to share with my grandparents.  Nobody can make you feel loved the way a grandparent can, and I’m blessed to have had Carl, David Sr., Betty Jo, and Helen as mine.

I’m thankful for my readers, who give me the reason to keep writing my books and this blog.  Without them, I would have given up long ago.  I’m thankful for the ability to write and all of the teachers who honed my skills.

Most of all, I am thankful for my life, which nearly ended 23 years ago.  I’m grateful for all these years, even the difficult ones.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Thank you for being part of my life.


Thursday Morning Ramblings – Thankful #25

I’m thankful for Collin Patrick and Whitley Finnegan Adams.  They are the light in my soul and the two greatest sons a man could ask for.  Every moment I have with them is cherished and savored, and even though the time is never enough, I am grateful for what we do get to spend together.  Of all the jobs and roles I’ve filled, “Daddy” has fit the best, and I’m thankful that I have gotten to experience it.

If you boys ever read this, please know that there has not been one second when you weren’t the most important thing in my life.  When we are apart, there is not one fraction of a second when I don’t miss you.  And even though I am 500 miles away in body, I am always with you in spirit.  No man has ever loved his sons more than I love you boys, and I am proud of both of you.

I hope with all my heart that one day we’ll have more time together.  There’s so much I want to teach you about life and manhood, lessons your grandfather and great-grandfather taught me.  There’s so much I want to teach you about the world, about the possibilities and potentials around us.  Please know that I am doing everything I can to have that time with you.

Today is my birthday, and I wish you were here to share it with me.  There is nothing else I’d rather do on my birthday than play with you guys.  You both are the funniest and sweetest children in the world, and I am blessed and thankful and grateful to be your father and daddy and parent.  Thank you, my sons, for being so wonderful.  I love you.

Wednesday Afternoon Ramblings – Thankful #24

I’m thankful for life.  Twice in mine I’ve nearly lost it, and no matter how dark things may get, I’m grateful to still draw breath.  When I was eight, I developed severe anemia from a tick bite and very nearly didn’t make it.  To this day, I have no memories of that summer, other than stories that have been told to me.  When I was sixteen, I suffered a terrible head injury that quite literally almost killed me, and for a couple of days, my future was very much uncertain.  I’m a slow learner, so it took a few years after that accident for me to realize just how lucky I am to be here.  I spent too many years of my life mourning for what I lost, instead of being grateful for the life I still had.  Today, I am wise enough to know that as long as we are on this earth, we have the greatest gift possible.

I’ve seen hard times.  I’ve been about as desolate as a man can be, living in places that would have been considered condemned by many.  I’ve spent many long, dark nights alone, weeping over my children and missing them more deeply than any words could describe.  I’ve watched my career stall and sputter and go nowhere despite my best efforts to make something positive happen.  I’ve been through difficulties, and no matter how badly things have gone or how dark my nights might have gotten, I’m glad to be here alive experiencing this life.  Living life, breathing it in, and feeling it course through my veins are enough to be thankful for.  Everything else, as they say, is just gravy.

I’m grateful for my life because it gives me the opportunity to continue giving my love to the people who deserve it: my sons, nieces, parents, sister, and friends.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to grow old near the sea and sun, sharing my love as best as I can.  I’m truly the luckiest man alive and have been blessed with more than any one person deserves.  I would endure the dark days and low points again a thousand times just to have the good once more.

When you are feeling down or overwhelmed or fed up, come back and read this post.  The peaks and valleys are inevitable.  Difficulties and sorrow will come to everyone’s life, and all of us have moments when it seems like too much to endure, but that’s the price of admission.  This journey we get to experience is priceless and amazing, and no matter how many people try to tear you down or make you feel as if your life isn’t important, you have to remember that you are a strong person who can overcome any obstacle and achieve any goal.  Those people are not worth your time and energy, so only share yourself with those who enrich you and give you strength.

Life is beautiful.  Life is precious.  Life will be what you make of it.  On this day, I am thankful for the life I have.