Being Thankful

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Today, the first work week after Thanksgiving, I am trying to get in the groove of being back at work. I actually started this blog before the holiday but then finalizing the 2018 Pierce County budget and holiday preparations interfered. Here are my pre-holiday comments…

I can’t help but ponder on what I am thankful for. My husband just came in to tell me that he is off to the store to get last minute items for the BIG meal. (I love that guy!) That kick started my Things that I am thankful for list. I start this list by remembering a quote from John F. Kennedy, “We must find the time to stop and thank the people in our lives.” Now is that time…

I am thankful for:

My husband for cooking a total of 36 pounds of turkey in his Traeger Barbeque Grill

A Traeger Barbeque Grill

My kids for pitching in and bringing their traditional dishes for dinner

My grandkids for bringing joy in my life

This beautiful fall day (65 degrees!)

My job that allows me to serve our community

My Assistant, who helps me to be a better public servant

The Council staff, whose endless energy and dedication to their job is inspiring

Passing the Pierce County budget!  Whew, it was a long arduous process

Tacoma and Pierce County with its great things to do and places to see

Mount Rainier, my favorite view


I am especially thankful for my health, a roof over my head and the support of my family and friends. As I work on the social problems that we are confronted with, such as behavioral health, addictions, and homelessness, I have become even more appreciative of the blessings in my life.

I am finishing my list with another quote by Neal A. Maxwell, “We should certainly count our blessings but we should also make our blessings count.”  Good advice and a great lesson to live by.

May your day be full of thanks.

That was last week. As we move into the Christmas season and then into a new year, I will continue to strive to remember my blessings and to work toward serving my community. And I will count on you to remind me to do so.