I am so fortunate that I get to write a post that goes live on Thanksgiving Day.  This year has been an amazing journey with the normal ups and downs that are a part of being alive.   Overall though, I can’t/won’t complain.  My good moments have outweighed my bad moments.  I definitely have so many reasons to be thankful.

Rather than write about the latest fashion, beauty or other type of product, today I just want to focus on gratitude.  As such, here are the top reasons that Thanksgiving 2009 is special for me:

1.    My faith: Sometimes, when I read the news (i.e. about little Shaniya Davis)  or hear of random things that happen to wonderful people (i.e. Anissa) it makes me depressed for a moment.  If I did not think that there was more to life than this existence here on earth, I truly believe that I would be a very melancholy person.

2.    My family: What can I say?  I hit the jackpot.  I both love AND like my husband and two sons.  (You know that it is possible to love someone and not really like their character, right?)  Anyway, I am happy that I get to start and end the vast majority of my days with them.

3.    My friends: As I get older, I appreciate my true friends so much more.  Age teaches me the difference between good acquaintances and true friends.  I am fortunate to have many of the former and a special few of the latter.  People who know me completely, but love my unconditionally/in spite of me  I cannot ask for more.  There are few greater gifts than that.

Now it is your turn…who (or what) are you most thankful for this year?

Kimberly Coleman, a wife and mom of two sons, writes and speaks about parenting in the NYC Metro area.   She is also the founder of Mom in the City (www.mominthecity.com), a blog for moms of toddlers and preschoolers