I am thankful for my husband who makes me laugh like no one else can and makes me truly happy through and through. He pursues me everyday even after knowing each other for over 15 years and have grown out of my girlish freshness and innocence. I am thankful that he has character that is unshakable and a love you can't escape even if you tried. He holds on to you with his tight panda grip and is fiercely loyal to his friends, family and the like. Although he doesn't completely understand me and no one can, he learns, he tries, but never pretends to know.
I'm thankful for my family, who have always loved me unconditionally, knowing my flaws and loving me regardless. Almost seeing my mistakes, temper tantrums and grumpiness as if it were a kitten trying to claw at you. You deal with the sharp claws, the occasional hissing, and retreating from the people in moodiness all come with owning a kitty. I am thankful because my family has instilled in me honesty, self worth that could not be mustard up. I'm thankful to I have a brother who is my best friend and would be even if he wasn't blood related to me. I'm thankful that he's funny, smart and I genuinely like him as a person and I can tell him anything. I'm thankful for my new family who I feel like they are my blood even though I am bound by them only by law. I am thankful that I don't have in-laws who are typically Korean, but treat me like I was their actual daughter.
I am thankful for my community, who are always there to pray for me, quick to support and help in anyway they know how. I am thankful that they have seen me through highs and lows, but do not grow tired of me, rather grow infinitely closer and multiply in love. I am thankful that their children are like my own and I am bonding to them every day seeing them grow right before my eyes. I am thankful for the church I belong to and the pastor I have, who understand the human condition and does not judge with religious eyes but love with godly compassion. I am blessed to have a church that cares about the poor, the orphans and the marginalized.
I am thankful for my friends who have long suffered my complaints and drama that comes with feeling too much. I am thankful that they know my dreams, longings, desires, favorite stores, and who my celebrity crushes are. I am thankful that they have scraped me off the floor when I have lost all value in myself and have grown insecure and spiraling out of control. I am thankful for the love that my friends shamelessly show because I need it, I want to heart it, see it and taste it. Despite my demands I am fulfilled each time I see my friends in spirit, heart and mind, teaching me with every interaction the true richness of life is to have people and to love them. What else is there?