Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday for two very big reasons. First, it hasn’t been commercialized the way so many other holidays have. And second, it really does remind so many of us that gratitude is so important.

Today I’m thankful for a lot of things. My son. His health. His happiness. His demeanor. His tender spirit. His laugh. His trust. His ability to love others.

I’m also so thankful for my family and friends that love me unconditionally and no matter what comes. You all are an incredible gift in my life, and I don’t tell you I’m thankful enough.

I’m also so thankful for all of you who come here everyday.

But the big things are only a small part of the reason I’m thankful this year. As I did last year, I’ve decided to show you some of the things I’m thankful for with photos that I took.

Then, I’ll be taking the Thanksgiving weekend off to be with family and friends, to do some shopping, and to just enjoy a weekend full of love. I wish the same to all of you.

I’ll see you on Sunday for This is Beautiful You.

I’m thankful for time-outs, when Daddy needs a moment alone.
I’m also thankful for all the time-ins, when the alarm goes off and Noah gets 15-30 minutes of uninterrupted Dad time.
I’m thankful for everything that makes making a living possible.
I’m thankful that I never hear my stomach rumble and wonder when the next time is that I’ll have food.
I’m thankful that I have ways to tune out the entire world when I need to.
I’m thankful that I don’t have holes in my shoes. I’m also thankful that I have two feet to go inside them.
I’m thankful for simple things that make me feel safer.
I’m thankful that I can take a drink when the moment calls for it. I’m also thankful that I don’t drink often enough that I can drink the good stuff when I do.
I’m thankful for my adventures with Noah and for the hobbies we share.
I’m thankful for the simple things that bring so much joy to Noah.
I’m thankful that I am still able to find time to relax my mind without the aid of electronics.
I’m thankful that even should the worst happen, I would still have some of the things I care most about.
I’m thankful that I live in a day and age and place where I can decide to look however I want to look.
I’m thankful that even when Noah’s not here, I always have so many beautiful reminders of him.
I’m thankful that I can get into my car and go anywhere I want to go.
I’m also thankful that I can push a button and never have to load my child into a freezing or burning car.
I’m thankful that some days I can wear sweat pants all day long.
I’m thankful that my child already understands the value of working for the fun things in life.
I’m thankful that I don’t have to dump out our adventure jars of change to pay the next house payment.
I’m thankful that no matter how fat or how fit I feel, I always have the perfect thing to throw on.
I’m thankful that our home is full of color and decoration and life.

Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

PS. What are YOU thankful for this year?

Dan Pearce is an American-born author, app developer, photographer, and artist. This blog, Single Dad Laughing, is what he's most known for, with nearly half a million daily subscribers as of 2015. Pearce writes mostly humorous and introspective works, as well as his musings which span from fatherhood, to dating, to life, to the people and dynamics of society. Single Dad Laughing is much more than a blog. It's an incredible community of people just being real and awesome together!
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361 comments
Bannanna
Bannanna

Second jar in from the left of your guys' adventure jars...at the top of the jar.  That is a really cool penny!  It doesn't even look America or Canadian for that matter... do you know where it's from?  I'm curious.

Ann E. Tarbet
Ann E. Tarbet

Dearest Beloved Grandson Dan, I'm thankful that you are such an important part of my life! Love Golden Grams

Catherine
Catherine

I'm thankful that I am able bodied to work, smart enough to take care of my household and brave enough to do it as a single parent. I'm thankful for all my family and friends who show me love everyday and thankful that life is a mystery, full of adventure and beautiful things. I'm thankful that I wake up everyday and am fortunate enough to know that something good is in store for me and that I am willing to wait for it.

Mary Diane McFarland
Mary Diane McFarland

I am thankful that my mom will live long enough (cancer) to see my first grandchild be born, :)

Leanne Lawtey
Leanne Lawtey

I am thankful for my daughters beautiful aide at school... today she told me after my daughter has her operation she will come to our home to help her keep up with her school work.

El Sosa
El Sosa

thankful to be alive!!

DanineJensenDuncan
DanineJensenDuncan

I am most thankful for my loving parents who taught me how to be the compassionate and caring mother I am today!  <3

Heather Ann Nikutta
Heather Ann Nikutta

I'm thankful for my family, and the roof we have over our heads. I'm thankful for the job that supports us, and the freedoms we have in comparison to other countries who are at war and/or under oppressive rule. I'm thankful to be an American!

Kathy Bates
Kathy Bates

I'm thankful for the ability to laugh even through the hard times in life...

Beth Yanka
Beth Yanka

A diverse, loving family that includes relatives, friends, and four-legged pals :)

Susan-Amber Springer
Susan-Amber Springer

I'm grateful for my life after surviving for over a week after suffering an unrecognized heart attack, and for my husband who bullied me into going to an ER. I'm always thankful for him, my best friend/confident/lover/critic/editor...

Katherine Larrabee
Katherine Larrabee

That my Mom stays up past her bedtime to make lemon cheesecake from scratch

Katrina Edwards
Katrina Edwards

I am thankful for my son, the best thing God ever blessed me with!

NaYNaY-RoXaLoT
NaYNaY-RoXaLoT

I'm thankful for the internet for allowing me to be in SO many places at once. Technology is amazing! I am thankful for everyone and everything in my life. That about sums it up, yes? ;)

The Lighthouse Network
The Lighthouse Network

I am thankful for the fact that I have too many things to be thankful for, to put in one comment! Dan, you're on the list too! Rosemarie xxx

Verity Marsh
Verity Marsh

I'm thankful for my full nights sleep because now I can take on the world today :)

Steven Ct Cook
Steven Ct Cook

I'm thankful that instead of a pink slip right before the holidays, my employer is giving the employees (myself included) two months of full pay and benefits to look for new work. (I'm thankful for a lot of other things, but that's the thing that's been on my mind most, for obvious reasons.)

Janica Wilson Afa
Janica Wilson Afa

Friends and family who are always there for me no matter what.

Shay Morris
Shay Morris

Movie nights with my kids! And a good long hug?,

Mary Doss
Mary Doss

I am thankful for my new job and to be in a profession that I love.

Mary Andrews Flanagan
Mary Andrews Flanagan

Thankful for my two beautiful daughter, dear friends and the wonderful police here in town.

Simply Sarah
Simply Sarah

I love this post!! Also, I'm happy to see you're a Canon lover as well. :) So many Nikon shooters hate on Canon! Not nice.

Kristen Melendez Dalton
Kristen Melendez Dalton

Thankful for my precious daughter and the fact we have a comfortable home and blessed life.

Megan Mosier DeCenzo
Megan Mosier DeCenzo

My wonderful fiancé, who always takes care of me and is always planning to make our future together better. :)

Heather Clark-Ward
Heather Clark-Ward

My iPhone because it keeps me connected to all my loved ones far and near.

Brandi Marsolais
Brandi Marsolais

I'm thankful for the opportunity to be a stay home Mom, to home school my kids and for all of the support and resources available in my community.

Tracy Suraci
Tracy Suraci

I am thankful I have two children healthy enough and happy enough to run around shrieking in laughter over whatever crazy prank or game they've come up with.... and for my wonderful hubby who takes it all in stride.

Jessica Gallagher
Jessica Gallagher

I am thankful for so many things. A wonderful family, great friends, a warm home, food in the cupboards, clothes on our backs, a stable job, and furry kitties to keep my feet warm.

Misty Turner
Misty Turner

My beautiful babies. thefact that i dont have to cook this yr.

Suzanne Hemond
Suzanne Hemond

Today I am grateful for my co-workers whose generosity and spirit of fun competition helped to raise over $1300 so we could sponsor a family of eight, 2 teens in foster care, 20 little girls in foster care, and 4 senior men for Christmas AND get 25 pairs of gloves for the homeless and 25 pairs of socks.

De-Anne Thomas
De-Anne Thomas

That today is the last day of my working week :P

Stephanie J McDilda
Stephanie J McDilda

I am grateful for my family and my friends. With them by my side, everything else is easy. I'm also grateful for your blog... which I enjoy immensely.

Ethel Figgins
Ethel Figgins

I am thankful that my crazy family will be together tomorrow, not all of them,but thats okay the worlds not ready for all of us put together

Sally McKay
Sally McKay

Everything in my life. Good or bad. It's there for a reason.