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Mr. Right loves trivia.  He enjoys watching Jeopardy and playing Trivial Pursuit.  Ugh!  These are not really my cup of tea at all.  I have been known to watch Jeopardy with him because I love him and like for him to be happy. 

He has a group of guys he goes to play trivia with every other week.  He has been doing this for a couple of years.  He has a lot of fun when he gets out of the house with them.  They are actually pretty good at trivia.  They usually place in the top three.

These nights are enjoyable for me.  I can watch whatever I want on tv (and it certainly will not be Jeopardy), blog to my little heart’s content, surf the web researching whatever topic interests me the most at the time, read, or go on to bed.  The trivia game does not start until after the children are in bed so if I want help putting the children to bed I have it.   It is nice to have this quiet time for myself.  It is nice that my husband is out having fun with his friends.

I am thankful for Trivia Night.

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This year Mr. Right and I had his mother, sister, and her family to our house for Thanksgiving.  We got up around 5:00 to start the ham and turkey.  There was a loud thunder storm which woke the children up at 5:30 so we could not go back to sleep.  Mr. Right and I cooked, cleaned, and chatted throughout the morning.  I have had a cold this week.  My voice has been very hoarse and I was not feeling all that great.  We cooked several new recipes. 

Throughout all of this, never once did we have the stressed out feeling that we sometimes get when entertaining.  It is was so nice to work in tandem without the stress that often accompanies holidays.  Maybe I just felt too sick to worry or maybe we have had some many real issues this year that getting worked up over a holiday dinner did not seem that important.  Whatever the reason, I am thankful Mr. Right and I can pull off a nice holiday meal without stress and with lots of joy and satisfaction.

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  Happy Thanksgiving!

This Thanksgiving there is a lot for which I am thankful.

  1. First and foremost I am thankful for Mr. Right and our strong marriage.  This year has been a challenging year for us.  We faced job loss, the closing of Mr. Right’s company, which resulted in a mountain of debt from under which we may never climb out.  We also faced illness and miscarriage.  Mr. Right had routine but serious nasal and throat surgery.  We went through a fertility treatment and were pregnant for a very short time before finding out we were losing the baby.  Through all of this, we have been able to continue to put one foot in front of the other knowing that we were walking this walk hand in hand and that the most important thing is that we have each other.  I love Mr. Right.  I am so very thankful to God for him and for our marriage. 
  2. Next, I am thankful for our children.  BusyBoy and GigglyGirl are such sweet and loving children.  It feels good to have their love.  It feels even better to give my love to them.  I am so glad that we have two children to love.  It took us quite a few years to get pregnant.  There were many Thanksgivings and Christmases that I was sad because we did not have children to share our holidays.  This will be our fifth Thanksgiving with them.  It is a wonderful feeling to share the holidays with them and to give them all of my love.  I love hearing their feet patter down the hall in the morning to cuddle with us before facing the day.  I love holding them, caring for them, playing with them, reading with them, and living life from day to day with them.
  3. I am also thankful for my extended family – parents and siblings and Mr. Right’s parents and sibling and our in-laws.  They have been with us this year.  They have given us their love and their compassion.  I love watching the faces of our parents light up when BusyBoy and GigglyGirl are excited to see them.  I am thankful we have a family we enjoy spending time with and whom we can trust.
  4. This year our friends have truly rallied around us.  There are 3 couples in particular that have sustained us and have given us the love we needed exactly when we needed it.  The Ps, Bs, and Js are some of the best friends anyone could ever hope to have.  We are so blessed to have them as our friends.  Instead of judging us (at least to our faces), they have given us a helping hand, prayed with us, and surrounded us with Christian love.
  5. Additionally, there are other friends who have been incredible to us this year.  I am thankful for all the other friends.  The ones who have made me laugh, listened to me, allowed me their shoulder to cry on, helped out with the children when needed, and been such good friends to us.  For each of these people, I am thankful.
  6. I am thankful for the new business opportunities that have come our way this year.  I am hopeful that I can continue to do political consulting.  It is something I enjoy and it is fun to get paid for something I enjoy.
  7. I am thankful that we have a roof over our heads, food to eat, and clothes on our back.  While these are things I might normally take for granted, this year I have learned to be thankful for the little things and the big things in life. 
  8. I am thankful I have learned how to blog.  It has given me a creative and positive outlet and I enjoy it so much.  I have learned more about people from various parts of the country.  I have opened my life and shared stories, which is fun.  I have researched and learned things that I might not have taken the time to do otherwise.  Thanks to all of you who leave comments.  I love reading them and knowing that other people are out there reading my blog.
  9. I am thankful for the Bible.  It has given me strength and peace this year.  I have learned to appreciate Psalms much more than I ever have in the past.  I have been able to relate to stories in the Old Testament that never touched me before.  I am grateful for the deeper and better understanding of the Bible.
  10. I am thankful that I have learned this valuable lesson this year:  No matter how many plans and goals you make in life, sometimes things do not go according to plan.  When this happens you can adjust and keep striving toward the end goal or you can wallow in self pity.  How you handle the change is up to you. 
  11. I am grateful for tivo.  It is a luxury item that Mr. Right and I indulge in. It is so much fun to watch the shows we want to watch when we want to watch them.  I love tivo and I am really grateful we have it. 
  12. I am thankful for books to read.  I love reading.  It gives me an escape from the everyday life and allows me to go places I might not otherwise travel.  I especially love books I can download onto my Palm Phone so that when I have an insomniac night, I can read to my heart’s content without bothering Mr. Right.
  13. Finally, I give thanks that Mr. Right had to close his company.  While it has been a tough year, we have matured and gained wisdom.  Mr. Right was burned out on his industry and really needed to make a change.  It is good that he has done this and walked away from it while still learning and making positive changes for the future.

What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving (or this Thursday if you do not celebrate Thanksgiving)?  Leave a comment below to let me know.  Be sure to check out the other Thursday Thirteen posts at the official site.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

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Here are 2 ways to create gratitude wreaths. 

Handprint Gratitude Wreath

Supplies:

  • Paper plates
  • construction paper in different fall colors
  • glue
  • scissors 
  • pencil
  • marker

Directions:

  • Cut out the inside of a paper plate.
  • Trace your child’s hand on several different colored construction pages.  You will probably need about 20 different handprints.
  • One each handprint, write what your child is thankful for.
  • Have your child cut out the handprints.
  • Glue the handprints on the paper plate.
  • Be sure to date the project because it will be special for years to come.

Pinecone Wreath

Supplies:

  • Grapevine Wreath
  • Pinecones
  • Glue Gun
  • Ribbon
  • Paper Tags
  • Hole Punch
  • Marker

Directions:

  • Hot glue gun pinecones to the grapevine wreath. 
  • Allow to dry.
  • On each tag, write one thing you are thankful for.
  • Punch a hole in each tag.
  • String the ribbon loosely through the tags.
  • Wrap the ribbon with the gratitude tags around the wreath and tie in a bow.

What about you?  Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving crafts?  If so, please leave comments below and feel free to link to your own blog posts about them. 

If you like this you might also like my other Thanksgiving ideas, Pumpkin Bread Recipes, and Sweet Potato Recipes and Sweet Potato and Yam Facts.

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Every night before our prayers we discuss what we are thankful for from that day.  Then we thank God specifically for these things in our prayers.  BusyBoy and GigglyGirl say Thank You instead of Thankful, hence the name Thank You Journal rather than Gratitude Journal.  This year, I think we will cover an old journal with a brown grocery bag.  Next we will decorate the grocery bag to make it special for us.  Then each day in the next year we can write down what we are thankful for each evening.   

What about you?  Do you have any favorite Thanksgiving crafts?  If so, please leave comments below and feel free to link to your own blog posts about them. 

If you like this you might also like my other Thanksgiving ideas, Pumpkin Bread Recipes, and Sweet Potato Recipes and Sweet Potato and Yam Facts.

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My to do list this week is longer than both my arms.  I am working on my first political fundrasier with lots of mail pieces and phone calls.  Additionally, there is the regular constituent services work to be done and the work Mr. Right is doing to sell business services to new clients.  On top of everything else, I have had a cold that just will not let up for the past 2 1/2 weeks.  Needless to say, blogging has had to take a backseat. 

With all this craziness, it seems a good idea to reflect on those things for which I am most thankful

  1. A loving God who forgives and teaches me how to forgive.
  2. An incredible, giving husband who cares so much about our family and me.
  3. 2 amazing, miraculous children  – I cannot imagine life without them.
  4. The insight from my friend Heather and my brother who encouraged me to start political consulting when things looked so bleak early this summer.
  5. Our extended family – our moms, dads, sisters, brothers, and in-laws who have all given us so much love during the challenges we have faced this year.
  6. The beautiful fall like weather that we have had around here this week.  It seems that summer is finally going away.

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Today as I remember those who died from the terrorists’ acts against our country on September 11, I say a special prayer for the family members and friends of those who died.  This day brings back so many painful and horrific memories.  I pray that they feel God’s presence through the prayers of so many in our country today.

Also, as I think about the significance of September 11, I am grateful for the men and women who make sacrifices each day for our freedom.  Since our military is a volunteer military, I am even more grateful for these sacrifices.  While we pray for our troops and their families each and every day, today the sacrifices seems more significant because of the images the memories of that day conjur.

May God bless the USA. 

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