January 11th

Friday, January 11th, 2019

What was the first thing you read this morning?

Mine was a headline: BREAKING: JAYME CLOSS LOCATED ALIVE.

I am normally an optimist, but in this situation with the way her parents perished I had very little hope that she was still alive. I saw her name in the headline, and automatically assumed the worst – but then I saw the word “alive” and instant goosebumps covered my body. I reread and reread the words, but the headline didn’t change.

An actual miracle.

A normal day for everyone else, but one of hope and freedom for a thirteen year old girl.

I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling pretty darn thankful today. Thankful for my and my family’s safety, health, full bellies, and warm houses. Thankful for the ability to step outside my home today and to come and go as I please. Thankful for the songs I sang today, thankful for each time that I smiled, and thankful for each time someone smiled at me.

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