On Being Thankful

January 12, 2014  •  4 Comments

Dinner Aboard the Carnival DreamDinner Aboard the Carnival DreamDinner Aboard the Carnival Dream Skateboarding at the Ocean Pines SkateparkSkateboarding at the Ocean Pines SkateparkJerry does a 50-50 grind at the Ocean Pines Skatepark in Ocean Pines, Maaryland. Anna at Assateague island National SeashoreAnna at Assateague island National Seashore

It's another relaxing Sunday morning, and as I sit back and enjoy my morning cup of coffee, I can't help but think about some of the people to whom I owe a big thank you. No matter how strong we think we are, we don't get too far in life without the help and support of our family and friends. They are the ones who lift you up when we're feeling down, encourage us to push past obstacles that stand in your way, and sometimes even carry us when we can't carry ourselves.

First and foremost, I want to thank my wife, Cathy Kiesewetter, for standing by my side for the past twenty-some years (for richer, and poorer, and poorer still). I can't begin to imagine where I'd be without her love, support, and constant encouragement. Her patience is a virtue, and she's never given up on me (even at those times when I'd given up on myself). She is the glue that holds our family together. She's is my love, my joy, and my life.

I'm thankful for my two amazing and beautiful children. Jerry and Anna are the two greatest gifts I've ever received (thanks Cathy). They drive us both crazy at times, but as they quickly grow into young men and women, I grow more proud of them every day. I can't wait to see what the future holds for these two shining stars.

Last, but not least, I'm thankful to all of my friends. Even though I only see most of them on Facebook, Twitter, or Google +, I look forward to the news, support, and humor that they bring into my life every day. Keep sharing news about your families, funny stories and photos, and, of course, constant updates on what you just ate for dinner ;)

These are just of few of the many things that I'm thankful for. Now it's your turn.


Katie Rimel(non-registered)
Jerry, It is so great to see you and Cathy still going strong. It is so sad how so many of our generation have been through divorce and not living the vows that they spoke on their wedding days. Corey and I are coming up our 18th anniversary this Spring and I was in 6 weddings the year we got married and ours is the only 1 still together.

It was great seeing you the other night and I am so glad I could help out even in a minor way to promote your business.
Cathy Kiesewetter(non-registered)
I am thankful for my husband,Jerry Kiesewetter, who makes me a better person. I will always be here for you and I will always, always have your back and offer encouragement. TLF <3
Jerry Kiesewetter
@Virginie - Thanks so much for taking the time to comment! How did I ever forget to include the pets? Our two dogs are a huge part of out lives too! They bring such joy :)
Virginie lykins(non-registered)
Yes, we all have a lot more to be thankful for, than we have to complain about !

I'm also thankful for my husband of 13 years, my four rambunctious children, my 10 year old cat, the two other cat and my old dog who loves us no matter what......
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