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Angelina Co. family, despite tragedies, has much to be thankful

ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) -

From fires to car wrecks, and a grim diagnosis, one Lufkin family says amid all their trials, they have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Tahj and Jayden sit with their grandmother and look at pictures of their mother as she learns to eat, drink and even talk again.

"I got a phone call that my daughter had been in a bad car wreck and they had lifeflighted her," David Horace said.

Ebony was in a crash on U.S. 69 North between Alto and Rusk. Her car rolled several times before she hit a tree.

She's home just in time for the holidays.

"I believe that no matter what you go through, God is going to bring you out and even if he doesn't, we know that he has power to," Horace said.

Horace knows a thing or two about trials.

Aside from his daughter's wreck, their Lufkin house off State Highway 103 West caught fire in August, damaging more than half the home.

His wife was told she would probably never see again, then in April, he was diagnosed with cancer.

"Through all of our trials we find strength," Horace said.

The pastor and his wife say despite all their hardships, they choose to be thankful. Not just on Thanksgiving, but every day.

"We should try to look at the positive and find ways to help others," Beverly Horace said.

In fact, psychologists have been studying gratitude and have found in many experiments, counting your blessings is one of humanity's most powerful emotions.

It can be an emotional reset button.

"Finding things, there are always things that you can be thankful for, even in the worst circumstances and that can serve to be a powerful boost to a persons attitude and their ability to cope with a difficult situation," said Dr. Debra Burton, a licensed professional counselor.

Ebony will have to go back for more rehab.

David just completed his fifth week of radiation.

And after three successful surgeries, Beverly is able to see.

This Thanksgiving and every day, they're grateful for another chance to be thankful.

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