Giving Thanks

There’s always a silver lining … beauty among the chaos.

I know this is a little late, however its never too late to be thankful when you have so much to be thankful for.  Thanksgiving in the Bains household is usually a combination of great food, better company and a bit of Chaos!  (perhaps an understatement).

This summer, we had some additional news that has brought our family even a little bit closer!  For people who know the Bains, this seems almost impossible!   But it’s true.  My Father in law, the gentle, giving, spiritual, calm man was diagnosed with Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer that can’t be slowed or cured.

We live in the same household.  Be sure to read my Bio as I explain the dynamics of our living situation, the big Beautiful extended family.  About.
He has been my number one cheerleader, always giving me words of encouragement and support to get through my own cancer journey.  How do I help a man who has been my pillar of strength?  He is Brave, I don’t need to tell him.

How much F*&^%#$ Cancer can one family endure? My kids and my nephews trying to deal with all this!  How do we do it?  Well, one day at a time and always looking at all the things we have to be thankful for.

While taking a stroll in Greys Park, Anaiya, my youngest had a great idea!  She collected some beautiful fall leaves and suggested we go home and glue them to a blank card and everyone in our family can write what he or she is thankful for.  What a great idea from a 7 year old!  So during the chaos, Sunum and Anaiya, and all of my 9 nieces and nephews wrote what they were thankful for.  We sat outside around the fire pit and each child and adult shared what they were grateful for.  Everything was beautifully written!  All the adults were moved and a bit surprised that their kids had written these.

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We got through this thanksgiving without additional chaos and not focusing on minor details such as what type of table-cloth, center pieces or  matching napkins we should use! Who gives a F*&^ !  Lets focus on what really matters: the love, the food that was prepared with love and the people I love: The Beautiful who inspire me everyday!

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  1. Made with love moments are the greatest thing to be thankful for. Even if those moments are fighting over the table clothes. My heart wishes you and all yours many more made with love moments.


  2. Hi Neelam. I live in Ontario. I came across your post through a mutual friend. My baby was born with a life limiting illness. Every day since this diagnosis (it’s been a year)…I ask myself how I can carry on with the pain and suffering I feel for my baby. But when I watch him fight everyday and progress – I realize how strong this 15 month old baby is. He teaches me to fight and not give up…though at times it’s an easy thought to have. I read your blog and see how you fight this monster with all that you got. I hear my son speak to me through your blogs. Keep fighting and thank you for sharing.


    1. Thank you for your kind and inspiring words. I wish I could offer more to provide you with strength and support. You are a wonderful mother, don’t give up. I send you and your son huge hugs and healing vibes!!
      Thank you for taking time to read my blog. MUCH LOVE,


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