I've really enjoyed my Thanksgiving holiday this year. I have had a little time to reflect on my many blessings. First and foremost is family. I come from a large family on both sides, and have a huge posterity of my own. What a blessing it is to have them near me. But it goes even deeper than that. I am extremely grateful for my ancestors as well. I realize that if it weren't for their courage to make changes and travel to America, my life would have been much different. I owe a lot to my grandparents who came to America from Russia.
Then, there is my AHSGR family. I appreciate the support I receive in my research, and the friendships that form from having common goals and heritage. Living out of the city makes it difficult for me to attend meetings, but I always feel a part of the good things that are happening.
More recently, I feel that I've made some new connections with other AHSGR members across the U.S. I've had a very interesting and fulfilling experience helping Don Soeken write a grant for the AHSGR Foundation. Everyone that I've contacted for information has been so friendly, helpful, and genuine. As odd as it seems, I feel like they are family too. It confirms how proud I am of my heritage and the many good things that members all across the country are doing.