Thankful for a rich if imperfect marriage. For a beautiful funny intelligent and delightful child. For my siblings so dear to my heart. Our father for his generosity and tenderness, our mother for her inspiration and courage and boundless love. Thankful for my nieces three, so precious. For the perfectly perfect in laws who I love more than I imagined possible. For friends both far and near, without whom this journey would be lonely and less colorful. For the best dog companion a woman could ask for. For sweet potatoes and good teeth and a job. For doctors and nurses and other caregivers, and especially for the ones helping Mother fight and grow stronger. For God, from whom all blessings flow. Amen.