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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?

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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 more than 2 million daily subscribers as of 2017. 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!