A Day for Thanks and Reflection
On the fourth Thursday of November, Americans from all walks of life gather with loved ones to celebrate Thanksgiving. As we begin the holiday season, we join our family and friends around the table today to share in our collective thanks for the opportunities and relationships that we enjoy, and we remind ourselves that we should not take these blessings for granted.
As we prepare for our Thanksgiving meal this afternoon, I am thankful for my three sons, McKay, Lucas, and Teddy, my loving wife Kristen, and the community we call home in central and west-central Illinois. I am especially grateful for the brave men and women serving overseas today so that we can enjoy the comforts of living in the greatest country in the world.
Like many of you, we are blessed with healthy lives, a loving family and a wonderful community, but it is important that during this season of thanks to not forget those who are less fortunate and do what we can to give back to those in need.
Yesterday, and over the last seven years, I have had the opportunity to take my sons to serve lunch at the annual Community Workshop & Training Center Thanksgiving luncheon in Peoria. CWTC is an incredible organization that assists developmentally disabled adults in our community. They strive each day to improve the quality of life for these adults, and we were grateful for the chance to lend a helping hand during the holiday season.
Whether you are gathering with friends to watch the Bears this morning, making the last-minute run to the grocery store for the cranberry sauce, or are putting the finishing touches on your turkey dinner, take a moment to stop and reflect on what you are thankful for today. We are all blessed to live in a country that allows each of us the freedom to chart our own path and to live out the American dream. For that, we should all be thankful.
I hope you all have a blessed Thanksgiving with family and loved ones!
Member of Congress