This year as I count my blessings and give thanks I reflect on the past and the hurdles my youngest son has dealt with having a chronic blood cancer. I am thankful for everyday I have been blessed to be his mother, I am thankful for my grand-daughter Ophelia who has surpassed all expected milestones being born premature at 30 weeks gestation and spending so many months in NICU. I am thankful I remain healthy and active so that I can continue to care for others, and the opportunity to offer each person I come in contact with a smile, sometimes a hug, and often just words of encouragement. I have a roof over my head, a loving family, successful thriving children who continue to amaze me with their giving hearts each one choosing a career of service to others ,..what more could I ask for? My heart is full.