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Thanks. From a Single Dad.

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?

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!

Brandy Rederth-Hall
Brandy Rederth-Hall

My husband who does everything he can for our family and so I can stay home with my kids!

Terra Medley Howard
Terra Medley Howard

My son's life. We almost lost him a few months ago & our family would not be the same without our sweet youngest.

Julie Wright
Julie Wright

I'm thankful for friends who are like family, and family that I consider friends

Carley Margolis Taylor
Carley Margolis Taylor

Time. Every day I feel so rushed and stressed with all the responsibilities of life. Today I have lots of time and nothing to do. So, I've been able to sit back and watch my amazing 2.5 year old play all morning. :)

Michele Seibert
Michele Seibert

Just one, my granddaughter Erin, my daughter Suzie, Hubby Andy, my Mom beating breast cancer 2x, my Dad still being here, I could go on but yeah.....

Chris Lewis Little
Chris Lewis Little

Thankful that my Mom took the time out of her day to get her yearly mammogram. It wasn't good news but she got the treatment she needed and is healthy now and we can move on and celebrate as a family.

Kristen Lynne Hall
Kristen Lynne Hall

Thankful for my parents and in laws flying my son and I home to Michigan for Christmas! My husband is gone again on deployment for the second holiday season in a row, and our amazing family is gifting us plane tickets!

Sue Mack
Sue Mack

I'm thankful for my ability to run. This was not an option before I lost 100lbs.

Nikole Schmidt
Nikole Schmidt

My friends, my family, my children, my great doctors, my fabulous husband! Happy Thanksgiving!

Amie Voges
Amie Voges

I'm thankful to be a single mom of the two most compassionate, beautiful, smart children I can imagine. Every day they make me feel certain that although I'm not a perfect parent, I've done more right than wrong to get us where we are today.

Lisa Crawford
Lisa Crawford

pie night suggestion-- we will SO do that next year!

Rose Maloney
Rose Maloney

Every day that my husband is still alive.

Sydne Gladding
Sydne Gladding

I'm thankful I have wonderful, caring husband that loves me now matter how stressed, freaked out, or weird I get. I am one lucky lady!

Sarah Patterson
Sarah Patterson

I am thankful for my beautiful kids and handsome husband.

Jan Hobbs
Jan Hobbs

I am so thankful for my wonderful adult kids, my two cats, and the opportunity to finish my education. Plus I am thankful that tonight I am flying home to spend the day with my extended family of like-siblings, their parents, numerous nieces and nephews, and a whole bunch of great nieces and nephews! I am blessed.

Aimee Latourette
Aimee Latourette

Thankful for cooking Thanksgiving with my (new) grandmother (-in-law) for the first time in my life. Both my grandmothers were taken by cancer before I was born, so I've never had this experience before. Excited!

Reida N Walker
Reida N Walker

I am thankful my boys are happy boys despite the medical obstacles in their way.

Kristi Todd
Kristi Todd

New relationships and sustained family relationships :)