At this time of year we are all making note of what we are thankful for. We lost our fathers within 3 months of each other 7 years ago. Our moms are doing well. My MIL is in a nursing home and declining but still loves her cookies. She is 84. My Mom is 85 and still lives alone, drives, volunteers at the hospital and is very head strong. She doesn't want anyone to think she is old. We are thankful to still have our moms. Also in this picture is my SIL. She takes such good care of their mother. She tries to go see her mother once a day at meal time to help feed her. My SIL also volunteers at her church, the animal shelter, the Chamber of Commerce, and at the elementary school. She also babysits for her two grandsons. She recently retired from her job at Honda. She took early retirement. I think she has filled her time up and then some. I had started this post awhile ago and never published it. So today I am adding some words to it and publishing it . Recently The Lucketts Store Blog had a giveaway for a centerpiece crown. You were to leave a comment for someone that you thought was deserving of this crown. The crown is beautiful by the way. I wrote about my sister in law and about all that she does. I even mentioned that she had stopped by to see my mother one day it was snowing to make sure that she was okay. We live almost 2 hours away from where our mothers are. We are so thankful for Mary Ann, my SIL. And guess what.........she won the crown from Lucketts. I am so excited to give it to her. You can tell a person how much you appreciate them but hopefully this will be a reminder of our appreciation for all the she does.