Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Truly Thankful

I don't know if you have been paying attention to the news or the latest FB postings but there was another young man with autism who went missing in New Jersey.

He has been away from his home, from his family, from all that he knows for a week now.

As an autism parent, that sends chills through my spine and worry in my heart.

That is until this morning when my sister-in-law texted me this...

Autistic Teen from NJ Found Alive

New York News

I know this young man is not my child but he is one of the autism community and I have to say, my heart skipped a beat and a relief came over me because that could easily be any of my children and now, he is heading home - just in time to have Thanksgiving dinner with his family.

This is something to be truly thankful for.

There are many things we take for granted in our lives, even the simplest of routines and comforts that we rely on every day.

The one thing we cannot take for granted are the people in our lives.

Whether they play a large role or a small role, they shape our lives and give it meaning.

This Thanksgiving season, really take a look at the people in your lives and how they impact it in a positive way.

Focus on the good things around you and throw the negativity out with the trash.

Our lives are far too short to keep the baggage of what holds us down.

Tomorrow, really be thankful for all that you have in your life - your family, your friends, your home, yourself - yes, yourself.

Don't take anything for granted because it could all be gone in an instant.

Much love to you and yours during this most special of holidays!


  1. What great news. It breaks my heart when I hear stories like this. So happy he was found. Happy Thanksgiving, Krystal! Have a wonderful day.

  2. My heart sank even before I saw the video as I was sure that something awful happened. Thank goodness.
    You are right that we all take the people who impact our lives for granted. You never know what tomorrow will bring.
    Many hugs and wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving xoxo Save the neck for me Clark - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (in case you thought I actually eat turkey neck. Ew!)

  3. I saw the news from you on FB, actually! I breathed a sigh of relief for him, his family, the whole community.
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, ok? Don't save the neck for me, though. Ew, Kim!

  4. And the best gravy recipe I know is to google Alton Brown's gravy recipe. Yum!

  5. That is great news! And no, we can never take anything for granted! Much love to you too! And happy holiday!


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