Day 30: I am thankful to actually know something about my family now and where I come from. This picture is part of my family that migrated to the U.S. from Mink, Russia.Two years ago Kristen and I sat down and did hours upon hours of research to try and find out who my family was and where they originated. After many months I found out that my dad's side of the family can be traced to Minsk, Russia and their entrance in the United States only 3 generations back was in New York. My mom's side of the family is from Sicily, Italy and Slovenia and also entered the United States 3 generations back in New York and migrated to Colorado. I am the 4th generation here in the U.S on both sides. My dad's side of the family are Russian Jews and obviously my mom's side is Italian and Slovakian. I am just so grateful to know something, anything about my family and to have found pictures is just a bonus. Unfortunately I went as far back as I can on my dad's side since the synagogue records were destroyed. I still have plenty of work to do on my mom's side. I did however, find out that I have an uncle I didn't know about that lives here in CA and we have talked off and on. I will continue my research eventually.This has meant the world to me!

Day 29: I am thankful for beauty! I took this picture while at Oceanside a couple years ago while my mom and dad were visiting. The things we see in this life are just amazing and it is something I am genuinely thankful for! It is times like these that make me realize just how lucky I am!

Day 28: I am thankful to have found out last year that I have an older sister I never knew. She is 9 years older than me. There are several reasons I am thankful for this, one being that now I understand some of the family dynamics that I grew up with. We never had any family around, no uncles or aunt's except the one I posted about, very little contact with any grandparent's and I only "know of" a few cousins but do not actually know them. Growing up it was just me, my younger sister and mom and dad. Now I know this was because my dad was keeping a secret that he had another daughter and his family did not support his behavior or the fact that he abandoned her at age 10. Another reason I am thankful is because now I know why my dad was the asshole that he was and why he was abusive to me all the time, or at least I have a pretty good understanding as to why, rather than wondering "why me?" for the rest of my life. My older sister's mother was smart. The second my dad raised his hand to her, she left, unlike my mom.

Day 27: I am thankful that I was able to go to school and get my Pharmacy Technician license's. Even though finding any work has been a nightmare, I am glad that I was able to attend, succeed and ultimately become registered and certified. It at least makes me feel like I accomplished something in this world. This picture is of those that graduated at the same time as me. Kyle, the guy on the right was my really good friend but he said some horrible things to me and we had a falling out.

Day 26: I am thankful for my aunt (mom's sister) Although she is very annoying sometimes, I am grateful that I was able to have her around while growing up. She was the only person that was actually in my younger sister and I's lives. We didn't grow up with any family around but she was there for the most part. She would come to holidays and birthdays. My mom didn't get along with any of her other siblings and my dad did not get along with his brother. His sister was killed in high school by a drunk driver. Now that I am older I know why we were raised without family...more about that on the next post. I was just thankful to have someone else around!

Day 25: I am thankful for beautiful sunsets! This picture was taken at Pudding Stone many many years ago now. There is just something about a beautiful sunset that makes you feel so much better about life and the things in it. Every time I see one and it's beauty I can't help but be thankful to be alive! Colorado sure had some amazing sunsets. After all you know what they say, If God's not a Bronco fan, why are sunsets orange?!



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