Giving Thanks

Today is the traditional day in which Americans count their blessings and give thanks for them. In reviewing the past year, the biggest blessing I have is the First Mate — and the donor who saved her life with a kidney transplant in March. Our friend Rich and his wonderful, supportive family has been undoubtedly the biggest blessing in our lives this year, and we thank God for the blessing he has given us.
We have many other blessings, too, in family and friends. While we cannot spend the holiday with our families in California, we get to spend it with our extended family here in Minnesota. They have been a constant blessing to us over the past six years, not just in the love they have shown our son when he joined their family, but in how they have embraced us as family, too.
I hope your day is as filled with blessings as ours is. We’re having our first real snowfall today, and hopefully I can bring back pictures later of the celebration. The CapQ community is one of my own biggest blessings — and I give thanks for you as well.
UPDATE: Okay, I’ve managed to survive a couple of meltdowns from Windows Movie Maker to create this short video of the snowfall. I’ve included a portion of The Four Seasons by Vivaldi (the Largo from the Winter suite, of course). I used my new Aiptek IS-DV2+ camera for the video and saved it in VHS format for better uploading speed to YouTube. It comes out rather nicely, I think, although my Sony DV camcorder would have had better quality. I’ll be using it today to take holiday pictures and video, and we’ll see how it performs.