What I’m Thankful For
Today is my birthday, and though it means I’m another year older, I’m thankful. I’m glad to be celebrating another year on this earth, and it certainly beats the alternative. So happy birthday to me!
First and foremost, I’m thankful for good health, for me, my husband and our two daughters. We have a few challenges, but nothing that keeps us from doing the things we want to do. We’re fortunate to enjoy good mental health as well as physical health, and I think I’m even more grateful for that. I know people who struggle with mental illnesses, or have children who do, and I know how difficult it can be. We’re thankful to be happy and well.
I’m thankful for a long and happy marriage to my husband. He’s always supported me in everything I’ve wanted to do, and I’m so grateful to have him in my life.
I’ve got other things to be thankful for. All of us are happy in our work, or lack of it, in my husband’s case. He retired two years ago, and he’s absolutely loving his retirement. My youngest daughter is a nurse and she really enjoys her work. Later this month, she’ll be going on a nursing mission to Haiti to volunteer her services at a hospital there. My oldest daughter struggled for some time to find the kind of work she wanted to do, even after earning two degrees. But this year she landed a job as a journalist at an online newspaper and she loves it. I can’t tell you how thankful I am about that! It’s hard to watch your child struggle.
I’m thankful for my own work, both my day job and my writing. I enjoy my part-time job, and I’m super thankful that I don’t have to work full-time. I like the people I work with and I like the variety in the work I do. As long as the work gets done in a timely manner, I can choose my own hours. Having flexible, part-time hours helps my writing career, giving me the time I need to write. And that is something I’m tremendously thankful for.
I’m thankful to be able to create characters and worlds from my imagination. It’s both the most fun and the most difficult job in the world, and I love it.
As I write this I realize how fortunate I am. Sometimes I forget that little fact. It’s good to sit down and count my blessings and express my thankfulness for everything I’ve been blessed with.
Dr. Alex Campbell has an agenda—finish his contract to provide medical services in Maine, pay off his medical school debt, and head back to his real life in San Diego. But when he meets Julia, all his carefully laid plans are put in jeopardy.
Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove’s high school principal, swears she’ll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother’s illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her men don’t stay.
Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he’s offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she’ll send him away forever?
Beth fanned herself with a napkin, giving an exaggerated sigh. “If only I was fifteen years younger and twenty pounds lighter, I’d be all over the good doctor.”
Julia laughed. “Aren’t you forgetting something? Or someone? You know, Marty? The guy you go home to every night?”
“Marty?” Beth pretended to think about the question. “The name does sound vaguely familiar.”
“It should. You’ve only been married to him for the last twenty years.”
“What can I say? A pretty face like Alex Campbell’s can turn the head of even the most devoted wife.”
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Jana Richards has tried her hand at many writing projects over the years, from magazine articles and short stories to full-length paranormal suspense and romantic comedy. She loves to create characters with a sense of humor, but also a serious side. She believes there’s nothing more interesting then peeling back the layers of a character to see what makes them tick.
When not writing up a storm, working at her day job as an Office Administrator, or dealing with ever present mountains of laundry, Jana can be found on the local golf course pursuing her newest hobby.
Jana lives in Western Canada with her husband Warren, and a highly spoiled Pug/Terrier cross named Lou. You can reach her through her website at http://www.janarichards.com
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