October is always a dark month for me. It starts to get colder, and I hate cold weather. The school year is getting into full swing, reminding me that I’m about to spend yet another year working in the public school system. And it’s the month that I remember my late son.

In fact, each yea, I’m usually thankful just to make it through October. So this year, I’ve decided to focus on that thankfulness, and what better time than November, leading up to Thanksgiving.

Each day, from now until Thanksgiving Day, I’ll write about something I’m thankful for, and why.

Starting today.

Today, I am thankful for my wife. I know that’s an obvious and easy choice to start with, but in this era of weak commitments and disposable marriages, I’m thankful for a faithful, loving, and beautiful wife.

We have been through a lot together over the past couple decades (we started dating in 1991 and got married in 1994). And I mean a lot: five homes, six foster children, three bands, four churches, one adoption, one stillbirth, one miscarriage, one dog, two cats, three fish, countless road trips, and one amazing daughter. Through it all, we have stood by each other, and we have not wavered in our commitment to each other.

And I couldn’t ask for a better mom for my kids. She is patient and kind with them, but firm when she needs to be. She consistently puts their needs above her own, even during her frequent illnesses and lupus flares.

And she is beautiful. And as if that weren’t enough, she gets more beautiful with each passing year.

Today I am thankful for my wife.

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