As I sit in a fairly quiet ER this early Thanksgiving morning with my patients currently tucked in and I have a few minutes of quiet I have a chance to reflect on being thankful. I know I will gather this evening after hopefully a few hours of sleep with my family, my parents and brother and sister-in-law and share a meal but its often in the quiet moments that we can really reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. The days are busy and moments come and go, but just reflecting over this past year I have so many things to be thankful for. I have 5 amazing children who fill my heart and make me smile daily, a super supportive husband who loves me deeply, and an amazing relationship with my parents. I’ve had the amazing opportunity this past year to meet and get to know my brother Chris. We have a house that more than meets our needs, neighbors that are a blessing, a church that we are getting to know and grow in, and friends that make our days brighter. I have a job where I get to work with some of the most amazing people around and get the humble opportunity to meet and care for people across all walks of life. Every day is not a walk in the park, but I don’t want to at all take for granted the people and relationships in my life because I know there are so many that don’t have those to lean on. And so as I reflect this Thanksgiving I also want to lean out and find ways to encourage and make a small difference in people’s lives each day. Happy Thanksgiving.