“I want the world to see and know what I am truly thankful for”

Written by Vicki van Eeghem

In the month of February, we are focusing on what makes us grateful. Well for starters let’s look at the meaning of the word.

Webster’s Dictionary defines the word Grateful as:

  1. Appreciation of benefits received
  2. Expressing gratitude (grateful thanks)
  3. Affording pleasure or contentment.
  4. Pleasing by reason of comfort supplied or discomfort alleviated.

We can be grateful for our health, our families, that we have a roof over our head, a meal in our bellies or our freedoms. There is so much in our lives that we can be thankful for that unfortunately, we quite often take it all for granted. Well I don’t know about you but I don’t want to take things for granted it anymore. I want the world to see and know what I am truly thankful for.

So, I would like to share with you that I am most grateful for my husband, Leon. He is the greatest gift I have ever received. I do not say that lightly or without reflection upon our relationship. See he came into my life when I was at a very dark point. I had been raped a couple of years earlier and I had lost faith and trust in pretty much everyone. I never told anyone what had happened to me because I was ashamed and I thought that it was all my fault. Well. Leon and I met by chance in an internet chat room when I was waiting for my sister to come online. Some may call it a random fluke that we met, others may say destiny but I believe he was an answer to prayer. Because he was here in the Netherlands and I was in Canada, we could develop a friendship that was different than meeting face to face. Often, we would talk for hours on the phone and we did this for a long time before we first met. He was the first person I told what had happened to me and that took almost 2 years of being friends before I felt I could share. But for him, he saw past the sad, hurt and insecure person from the beginning and wanted to be my friend. Our friendship and ultimately our romantic relationship was based upon knowing the real person. The person inside. As then as now, he is supportive, offers me unconditional love and he has taught me to believe again. Leon is the best person I know. He never says an unkind word about anyone. He will walk a mile barefoot over glass to help someone but what I am especially grateful for is that he makes me laugh. He truly is a gift.

This month we celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary. I am so blessed and so proud to have him in my life and I am so grateful to God that he gave someone to me who loves me for who I am. I pray you all find the same love and acceptance in your lives and are the same in return to all those who share your life.

Happy February!


“‘With sharing comes healing”


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