Over the past 7+ years that I've been blogging about gratitude, I've written of many people for whom I am grateful. Today, as we celebrate Easter 2014, I would like to take a minute to write about my family. While I was blessed with wonderful parents and siblings, for whom I will always be grateful, my focus today is on the family with which Kathy and I have been blessed.
Meeting Kathy in 1984 was not a coincidence. I have always been convinced that God had a hand in bringing us together. Thirty years ago, I could never have imagined that we would be blessed with such amazing sons.
Like all parents, we were constantly challenged by our boys. Parenting is never easy. Yet I look at Tom, Steve, and Brendan today and I marvel at the men they've become. My memories of their formative years contain more good times than bad -- by far. I have always felt blessed to have had the opportunity to be so present in their lives as they transitioned from childhood to adolescence to young adulthood. And now, together as a family, we eagerly await the birth of Tom and Hillaray's first child in September.
Of course, I would never have had the sons I have without Kathy. Like all married couples, Kathy and I have been constantly challenged by each other. Marriage is never easy. Yet I look at Kathy today and I marvel at the relationship we enjoy -- as best friends. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to make this incredible journey of raising a family with Kathy.
So as we celebrate Easter 2014, I do so with a tremendous sense of gratitude for the family with whom I am blessed to celebrate this special occasion -- and to God for blessing me with Kathy, Tom & Hillaray, Steve, and Brendan. They are so much more than I deserve.