November has never been a favorite month of mine. It is the month where the weather usually starts getting much colder here in Illinois. Likewise, it is the month in which we turn the clocks back an hour.

It is nice to have more light in the morning as you are waking up. However, it is not so pleasant when darkness falls around 4:30 in the afternoon. Who wants to come home from work only for it to be too dark and cold to do anything outdoors?

Despite the drawbacks of November, there are still some pretty fantastic things to celebrate. One of them is the birth of my first nephew, Dalen. I was away at college when I got the call that he had been born. That event took place 20 years ago today. I remember going to the chapel of the hospital shortly after seeing Dalen for the first time. I gave thanks to God for him. I still do, as he is a thoughtful and caring young man. I continue to pray that God blesses his life.

It was three years ago today that I got to be a part of another celebration, the Chicago Cubs victory parade and rally. After 108 of futility they finally won the World Series. It was one of the greatest days of my life to be in Chicago on that day. It was a day that I will not ever forget. For more about that day see “Bleeding Cubbie Blue”, a previous post on this blog.

Finally, November is a time to celebrate Thanksgiving. This is not just a holiday for stuffing yourself with lots of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and pumpkin pie. It is a time to thank God for His blessings.

I can say that I have been truly blessed with great family, memorable experiences, and a whole host of other things.

Happy Birthday Dalen, and Go Cubs!

This little boy is now 20 years old. Time gets away from us too quickly.

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