THANKSGIVING.

a short list of blessings.
  1. 1.
    my immediate family
    I would be nothing without their love and support. if you do not know them, you are missing out.
  2. 2.
    the family that adopted me.
    this is my second family. unconditional acceptance and love keeps me sane.
  3. 3.
    THE kids.
    they are my heart. i have had the chance to watch them grow into teenagers over the last 6 years. they are amazing human beings.
  4. 4.
    my faith.
    I was born Catholic, but I do not affiliate with that church anymore. however, it did start my relationship with God. it is a struggle, but it is not without reward. this warrants another list entirely. sadly, at times, I find this harder to discuss than my sexuality.
  5. 5.
    my struggles.
    they are beneath the surface, but they run deep. without them, I would not have the intimate connections i have with my friends and family. in those times, you find your "ride or die" roots. I am blessed with some powerful people in my circle.
  6. 6.
    my friends.
    just a small sample. these are the ones in my present circle. and some who will be in my circle forever.
  7. 7.
    my camera.
    i have been told that people can feel an emotion from my photos. i will keep taking them until that changes. it has opened doors to people and worlds i would have never entered.
  8. 8.
    music.
    music is life.
  9. 9.
    breathing.
    some days that is harder than others.
  10. 10.
    direct and honest communication.
    I do not deal well with passive aggressive people. nope.
  11. 11.
    laughter.
    a great man told me that if I went more than three days without laughing, then I needed to change something.
  12. 12.
    love.
    I have loved more than the 3 people in this photo, but these three were willing to date me for a certain period of time. I would not be who I have become without them. Despite the pain, I will be forever changed by them.