This is the Season to Count your Blessings

By state Rep. Mike Sanders

The Thanksgiving season is a time for all of us to pause, reflect and appreciate the blessings in our lives.

While we should all try to be thankful every chance we get, this is the time of year to truly take stock of the things and people in life that make life great.

And my life would not be nearly as great and wonderful if not for my wife, Nellie. I can honestly say she’s always been my biggest fan, supporter and confidant. I love her so much and beyond thankful for her being in my life.

Because of that love we share, Nellie and I have built a great family in which I am extremely thankful. We are blessed to have two sons, Davis and Walker. And while they’re both little boys and get into situations that frustrate us beyond belief, that only makes our love for them stronger, as they enlighten and surprise us daily. We are so proud of them and cannot wait to see what their futures hold.

I’m thankful for my parents, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September of 2013. Unfortunately, we lost mom this year and it will be our first Thanksgiving without her. This saddens me, but I’m reassured by knowing that she is in a better place now and has the Lord’s comfort on her side. For me, I’ll spend plenty of time this Thanksgiving season remembering all the great things she did for me over the years and all the lessons I learned from her. She helped make me into the person I am today and I am most assuredly thankful for that. I love you, mom.

I’m thankful to be an American. I’m thankful for our brave servicemen and women who willingly volunteer to put their lives on the line to secure our freedom. On a daily basis, these soldiers, airmen, sailors and Marines travel the globe to defend justice and liberty from those who seek to oppress and harm us. My family and I couldn’t lead the lives we do today without them. I thank our active-duty personnel and our veterans who came before them for keeping America safe.

But those aren’t the only heroes in our midst. Our local police and fire fighters answer the call as our first lines of defense when trouble arises. These hero’s willingly step up and protect their fellow citizens in their own cities and communities and keep us safe. We have so many great, vibrant communities in this district. We have our local law enforcement and fire fighters to thank for making our part of Oklahoma such a great place to live.

And, lastly, I’m thankful for another opportunity to serve House District 59 for another two years. I was recently re-sworn into this office and I cannot tell you how deeply I appreciate the honor to serve you again. I do not take that lightly. Thank you.

I want to wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and those traveling a safe return to and from home.

Mike Sanders serves District 59 of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. He can be reached by phone at (405) 557-7407 or via email at

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