The timing of this holiday is perfect. Coming near the end of the year, there are basically 11 months upon which to look back on. As my wife reminded me last weekend, a lot have happened this year. As a matter of fact, I think this has been the most eventful year of my life. Here are the things I have to be thankful for this year:

May: We both graduated from Cornell with excellent grades; I had two job offers and selected one in the last week of school.

June: I found a good temp job while I waited for the hiring process to fnish up at my permanent job

July: I married my girlfriend of almost 4 years. We had a beautiful wedding where next to nothing went wrong. Our honeymoon was safe and fun.

Aug: I was able to get my wife temp job where I worked, boosting our salary to help save up for our impending move.

Sept: I was called in to start work ahead of schedule, meaning I’d get to have benefits (health insurance!) sooner!

Oct: My wife found a great job she loves

Nov: My parents became relicensed to act as foster parents. Now they will get to provide care for a young child who might otherwise be neglected or abused.

Even though we received the sad news last week that my father-in-law’s kidneys have stopped working and that he will have to be on dialysis, we can be thankful that I was hired to work near her parents. When she found out he was in the hospital, it was only a 3.5 hour drive for father and daughter to be reunited. We can visit them and they can visit us every weekend, if they wished.