First holiday. Here it is. Maybe it’s because we didn’t have a traditional Thanksgiving, or maybe it’s because the family time hasn’t started, but today feels like just another day. Bryan was always racing on Thanksgiving, so I don’t have the “traditional” memories that other people would have. I have plenty of memories though. I’ll miss his tweets today. He always tweeted what he was thankful for – and always made a little picture collage to go with it. Last year he said he was thankful for me, Chevy, and Stew. And he was thankful to get to do what he loves day in and day out.
Well guess what, B? It’s my turn. And I’m so thankful for you. I’m thankful for the time we had together. I’m thankful for everything you taught me. I’m thankful for the love we shared. Our cute little pups. I’m thankful for all of it. You made me, and continue to make me, a better person. You had this way of making everything better. We love you and we miss you, but I promise we won’t be sad today. Today is a day to count our blessings, and as crazy as it sounds, we have so much to be thankful for.
I’m so thankful that Bryan was an organ donor. He saved lives, but he gave us extra time with him, and for that I will always be thankful. (You can sign up to be an organ donor here!)
I’m surrounded by the BEST people. Mom and Dad: I’m thankful for everything you do for me, even if I don’t show it at the time. From merchandise orders to taking care of my dogs to vacuuming my house, they’ve done it all. Tim, Di, and Taylor: Thank you for letting us be part of your family. I’m thankful for your love. I’m so thankful that you continue to look at Bryan as “Bryan and Lauren.” Friends: I have the best friends. Old and new. I’m so thankful that Bryan put you all in my life. We’ve had late nights working on merchandise orders at my house. We’ve had cross-country adventures. We’ve laughed. We’ve cried. You’ve listened to me cry. I’m thankful for your love and friendship. Thank you for being my by side through all of this.
Noblesville. I’m thankful for this community. It feels like home a little more each and every day.
Last, but definitely not least, I’m thankful for the racing community. Every single person – race fan to driver to promoter and everyone in between. I am so thankful for you. Thank you for remembering and honoring Bryan. Thank you for the completely overwhelming amount of love and support. The random “hey, just checking on you” texts… thankful for those, too.
So, I guess the sign on my living room wall is true. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.