This year I have more to be thankful for than I ever imagined possible. In January when we found out that Derrick had a special heart, we knew that there was a possibility that he wouldn't be here to celebrate Thanksgiving with us. Amazingly he is, and my cup runneth over.

I have a beautiful baby boy who is defying the odds. He is growing, learning, entertaining, and living proof that we have an all powerful God. I have a warm home with plenty to eat, and reliable transportation. Justin has a job that allows me to stay home with Derrick. I have a job that I love, where I am able to work, but not have to leave Derrick with someone other than family. I have a mother-in-law that makes that possible.

I have a wonderful, supportive, and understand husband whom I love more than I could ever express. He is also an incredible father. I have a loving, supportive family.  I have great friends and an incredible 'heart family.'

I live in a country where my freedom is protected selflessly, and where I am free to give all the thanks to GOD, who makes it all possible.

Yet this Thanksgiving, my heart is burdened. I think for the first time ever, I am truly aware of how much I have to be thankful for, yet how much others suffer. There are many who are homeless, unemployed, hungry, and lonely. And this year, I know many parents who will be celebrating Thanksgiving, but with a part of themselves missing. I cannot imagine the pain that this time of year brings to some, but I ask you to please include them in your prayers of thankfulness.

Dear God,

Thank you for all that we have been given. It has been far more than we could possibly deserve. Thank you for being our God, for loving us when we are unlovable, for being patient with us when we are selfish, for carrying us when we are weak. God, thank you for making the ultimate sacrifice of your son's life, so that we may live with you in eternity.

Please be with those suffering. Make them feel your arms around them so they know you're there. So they know you love them. Please especially be with all of the moms and dads who are missing their children this year, and also the ones who are with their children as they fight for their lives in the hospital.

God, thank you for choosing us as your children and for blessing us with your love. Please guide us to show others how wonderful and powerful you are, so that they too, can feel your grace.

In Your mighty name,

I am thankful for all of you who read about and pray for my Derrick. You have no idea how much comfort it brings to know that he is prayed for and loved by so many. No idea.

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy all of the scrumptious food and the time you have with your family and friends. Give your kids an extra hug, and remember to give thanks to the one who makes all possible.

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 107:1

Thankful for these guys!


  1. Very well spoken!! Hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!! Sending love and prayers your way always!!

  2. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Shannon!

    May God provide comfort to those who are away from their family serving our country, those spending their first holiday without their loved one and others who find themselves without a place to call home! We do have so much to be thankful for.

    Stef, Ryan, Wyatt and Logan

  3. Happy Thanksgiving!!!! Love to you all!!
    Rhonda ~

  4. I agree with you, Shannon, in that I too am more thankful and aware of what I am thankful for this year. Due to having a friend that is homeless with her kids this year, I've been helping her out as much as possible, but it has really opened my eyes to the struggles of people and the unemployment in South Carolina. You have a beautiful family and I hope you have a great Thanksgiving with them!

  5. What a beautiful Thanksgiving post! Thank you for reminding us of all we have to be thankful for and to whom we owe it all to. You are a blessing as always!

    Wishing your family a blessed and happy Thanksgiving~

    Kati, Rocky, Evan & Brycen Dunn

  6. Thank you! I hope you have a great Thanksgiving with that precious little guy of yours!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving guys!

    Sorry I didn't meet up with you today, taking care of family business.

    And in reference to your last post...a girl?

    Some people are mighty special nowadays!

  8. Shannon,
    You are so right...my heart is also burdened for others now that we've seen so much hurt and pain. It gives Thanksgiving a whole new meaning, doesn't it?
    Hope you had fun celebrating your blessings! :)
    Jen, Craig & Andrew