I'm a big fan of Thanksgiving because I love eating and drinking otherwise socially-unacceptable amounts. When I was younger, it was an alright holiday, but far below Halloween and Christmas on my own scale. But as I've gotten older and my own family has grown, so has my appreciation for this holiday. I've stopped being as concerned with what I get for candy or presents and now I take much more enjoyment out of celebrating all the blessings in my life.
My life isn't perfect. In fact, I hope no one's is. Perfection sounds terribly boring. There's no hope for improvement in the future, only fear of things worsening. Regardless, I feel immensely blessed by all the wonderful things in my life.
I have an incredible family that brightens my day no matter what has happened. A loving partner who has agreed to tie her star to mine and share our dreams. She's a spectacular mother to our two little awesome dudes. Neither of them can form a sentence, but together they own my heart. And of course, Big Jake is always there to sneak a slobbery kiss on your face when you least suspect it! I love you all!
I have a spectacular extended family, brothers & sisters, father, in-laws, grand parents, aunts & uncles and cousins! A huge support network that genuinely and unselfishly wants the best for us and helps with the little guys whenever they can. I love you all!
I am so fortunate to have an incredible group of friends and though they are scattered far and wide, I know I can call on any of them at any hour and they would be there for me. I wish so badly that I saw you each more often, but regardless of whether it's been a week or a year, I love you all!
I have a great helper in Adam Larkin, who selflessly does whatever is necessary to help the distillery grow. Many of you have enjoyed a drink somewhere around town because Adam did whatever was needed to deliver that bottle. Thank you, Adam.
I have the physical and mental capacity to pursue my dreams. Thanks to the support and patronage of great people in and around St. Louis, StilL 630 continues to grow. For that, I could not be more thankful.
I don't mean to brag about everything I'm so fortunate to have; I want to burst with excitement. I don't deserve it all, but I try to do my best to. And I'm sure going to make the most of all these blessings and, every day, be thankful for the wonderful things in my life. But the flip side of that, I feel, is to yourself be a wonderful thing in someone else's life. And to know that there is someone out there who is thankful today to have me in there life... that is an incredibly humbling and exhilarating feeling.
And I want to say a special THANK YOU to each and every person who has ever had our spirits or helped our business. Without you, it would not be possible.
To everyone, I hope that you and your loved ones are together today, and that you have realize how much you have to be thankful for. God Bless. Happy Thanksgiving!