Connections {Gratitude}

by Fawn Rechkemmer on November 11, 2013


In this season of giving thanks, I could make a list 100 miles long.

I have so much to be thankful for, and there’s nothing like a day of remembrance (Veteran’s Day) on the heels of a devastating natural disaster (Typhoon Haiyan) to really drive home just how lucky I am.

Since this site is centered around relationships, communities, and connections I’m making a list of the people I’m thankful for.  Of course my husband and kids top the list, but since I write about them fairly often, I’m branching out to the other people in my life today.

My dad because I can call him with a question about anything and even if he doesn’t know the answer, I always feel better after talking to him.

My mom because she’s the center of our family, and it’s a wonderfully close knit family because of her. The matriarch of a family really does set the tone for the entire family unit and my mom does it beautifully.

My sister because even though we’re different in some ways, we’re alike in so many others. She’s one of my best friends in a way that only a sister can be.

My brother-in-law because he’s irreverent and sarcastic and really good at making people laugh.

My niece and nephew because they’re the closest thing to being like my own kids. They’re both really incredible young people.

My three best friends because they’ve been there for me through thick and thin. Some days, your friends are your emotional life support. These three have been that for me many more times than they even realize.

My book group because even though it’s small and we’re constantly trying to get momentum, not many conversations can top book talk when you love books as much as I do.

The SITS Girls forums because I can always ask a writing or blogging question there and get a slew of helpful answers.

Mamalode because I’ve never seen so much honest, raw, emotionally validating writing in place.

– The writers and bloggers I’ve met and gotten to know over the past year or so – what I loosely refer to as my tribe – because so many of them truly feel like friends at this point.

(Speaking of, I had the chance to meet Sarah this morning, and she’s even more awesome in person than she is on her blog.)

Twitter because it feels like sitting around a huge dinner table full of vibrant, interesting people having fascinating conversations.

Now it’s your turn: tell us about the people you’re most thankful for.

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Shana Norris is a writer, reader, runner, coffee guzzler, and chocolate inhaler who dreams of becoming an Avett Brothers groupie. You can follow her on Twitter, Google +ShanaNorris, and Pinterest or on her blog at

Sarah @ Beauty School Dropout November 12, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Awww, thanks! This is a great post. I could write many of the same things about my family — you saw first-hand what an amazing grandma my mom is, even with a sprained foot! I love the “tribe” that I’ve built online too — it really makes blogging worthwhile.

Shana Norris November 13, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Your mom reminded me a lot of my mom in terms of having a ton of energy. How do they do it?!?! I think my mom’s skipped a generation because neither my sister nor I inherited it, at least not to the extent I’d like to have it.

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