We all have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. For most, we have food and shelter, family and friends who love us, and too many blessings to fully appreciate. Personally, I have much to be thankful about and I hope to reflect and express that appreciation.
Thank you, voters, for placing your faith in me as your representative a year ago. It is an honor and privilege to serve you. I strive to do what is best for and in alignment with District 74. In addition, I want to hear your perspectives and discuss particular positions. This first year has taught me a lot and I have much yet to learn. Further, there is more to being your state representative than voting in the legislature. My office is always at your service to provide assistance with state governmental issues. And, finally, I strive to be a strong voice for southwest Indiana ensuring the Statehouse understands the needs and strengths of our region.
On a personal note, Jim and I became grandparents last month as his oldest daughter, Laura, and our son-in-law, Eric Wirthwein, delivered a healthy baby boy, Landon. My oldest daughter, Lauren, was engaged this past spring to Austin Battcher and will be getting married this summer. Grace, our third daughter in order, graduated from USI this summer with a health services degree and Kara, the youngest, is studying in Ireland completing her biomedical engineering degree at Purdue. We know we have much for which to thank the Lord.
And, so, as your family and friends gather this Thanksgiving weekend enjoying the turkey, trimmings and desserts, please take a moment to reflect on the many gifts and blessings around you. We live in the greatest country in the world. We enjoy the freedoms guaranteed by our forefathers. And, we have the ability to choose our leaders in free elections. Though our nation is anything but perfect, we have a blueprint and structure which allows each of us to pursue happiness and prosperity.
Many blessings to you and your family this Thanksgiving and always.