We’ve just returned from our annual Thanksgiving tour of the southeast part of our state ...

It was a good trip – aside from Phoebe’s temper tantrum on Thursday night because we tried giving her a different cup than the one she’s used to, some familial burdens hanging over our heads and the typical stresses of holiday gatherings ...

After all, it seemed unfinished if I didn’t come up with a list of some things I’m thankful for this year. Everybody else is doing it, so why shouldn’t I?

… Phoebe. And the joy she brings to our lives every day. Watching her talk and play with our grandmothers, aunts and uncles, as well as our parents, this weekend was priceless.

… The unconditional love and support of Kates, our families and our closest friends.

… Seeing so many of my friends having healthy, happy children and growing families.

… My mother’s cooking.

… “A Night At the Museum,” which gave me the good dose of comedy and distraction I needed on Thursday night.

Our trusty Subaru Forrester which continues to succeed in taking us from one corner of the state to another in comfort.

… Music. And my iPod.

… Vacation days.

… A home to which we always look forward to returning.

The strong outlook for Kansas basketball this year. It’s only late November, and already I can hardly wait for March.

… The chance to interact with such a vast array of people and experience the highs and lows of life on a daily basis.

… The power of knowledge and the chance for fresh starts.

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