We had the ultimate challenge this year, with my wife's cancer diagnosis and treatment, and finally her passing on Oct. 26. Not only that, but my mother passed away on April 21, and our dog went to doggie heaven on May 4. It has been by far the worst year of my 56-year ride on this planet. So, despite these horrible events, what am I thankful for? I am thankful for the outpouring of love and support from this wonderful community. Creswell-area churches, our office family, my . . .