All of us have so much for which we should be thankful. I am grateful for many things, but mostly I’m thankful for the special people in my life, my beloved family, dear friends, and wonderful colleagues. The relationships I share with these individuals are indeed the most important and treasured parts of my life. I would not be the person I am without the love, touch, care, sacrifice, and influence of these special individuals.
I consider my children, my son Nolan and daughter Samantha, to be precious gifts from a generous and loving creator God. I love my children dearly, and I am devoted to protecting, providing, and caring for my family. I am so thankful that I am able to provide a life for them which is comparatively much better than the one that my parents and I experienced. I think this must be the aim of every parent who strives to prosper and care for their family. Parenting is a real challenge that requires patience, hard work and sacrifice. Although this takes tremendous effort and time, the rewards are definitely worth it. So, I’m also thankful for my health and the ability to provide for my loved ones. When I pause to think about parenting and look back over my formative years, I reflect back on the leaders who influenced me growing up. I’ll be forever grateful to those who cared for and shaped me throughout my life.
Indeed, I’m thankful for so many who sacrificed for me. I stand on the shoulders of some amazing and important people — parents, family, mentors, and friends… so many whose devotion and tireless dedication helped me become the father, the leader, the man I am still learning and striving to be today. They collectively taught me to always work hard, to serve, and to live such that others know that I consider them more important than myself.