A LONG LIST OF GRATITUDE There’s So Much to Be Thankful For!
This year has gone by incredibly fast — it seems like only yesterday temperatures were hitting 90 degrees, and now Thanksgiving is just around the corner. I can’t say I’m upset about it, though, because I do really enjoy the holidays. This year for Turkey Day, Nancy and I are planning to stay home and try to get as many of our daughters to join us as we can. That gathering will be particularly nice because we’ve spent the last few months as empty nesters, and it’s been a bit odd to rattle around in a quiet house. Apart from spending time with family, I always look forward to the food. It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a dish of sweet potato puff (see Page 3 for the family recipe!) and a big pot of butternut squash soup on the table. When I was a kid, I turned my nose up at anything squashy, but now I just love that soup and can’t imagine a Thanksgiving spread without it. My family doesn’t hold to the tradition of going around the table during the Thanksgiving meal, telling one another
one by one what we’re grateful for that year. But, even though I don’t recite my list out loud, I still reflect in November on the blessings my family and I have received. For 2019, my list is particularly long, so I thought I’d share some of the highlights. First and foremost, of course, I’m grateful for my family: my wife; my six siblings, who are incredibly loving and supportive; my parents, who are gracefully weathering the challenges of aging; and my daughters. We’ve gone through a lot of changes this year, but family ties don’t have much to do with where everybody lives. Even though we’re a little more spread out, I’m still grateful for my girls, and I know they feel the same. In December, Nancy and I will celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary. Putting up with me hasn’t always been a smooth ride for her, so I’m grateful for her commitment! Outside of my home, I’m thankful for my therapists, who have helped me see different points of view, and for the new congregation that our local church formed this summer. It’s specifically for Spanish
speakers. Although Nancy and I aren’t native speakers, we know enough to get by and were invited to join in. We’ve discovered all kinds of handy translation tools on our smartphones (there really is an app for everything!) and the members of the congregation have been very warm and welcoming. Here in the office, I never go a day without realizing how lucky I am to be surrounded by such a terrific team. The practice is growing, and those changes come with challenges, but the team has always been willing to adapt and improvise, which has been a real gift. are engaged in their cases and always eager to discuss them. We’ve formed excellent working relationships, and I truly enjoy moving those who have fallen on hard times forward in their lives and their businesses. Even when we don’t immediately see eye to eye, there are a lot of important learning opportunities involved on both sides — and, of course, without them (without you) my dream of running the go-to Northern Nevada law firm for helping small business owners would never have been possible. Thank you so much for putting your trust in me, and know that when I’m enjoying the Thanksgiving meal with my family in a few weeks, I’ll be thinking of you! If there’s anything I can do to make your life easier this holiday season, don’t hesitate to give me a call. Last, but certainly not least, I’m grateful for the firm’s fantastic clients, who
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