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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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It is raining!  Woohoo!  Yipee!!  Thank you, God, for the rain.  The southern part of this country is in the midst of a 100 year drought.  We desperately need the rain for our water supply.  This morning I woke up to the pitter-patter sound of rain on the rooftop and in the trees.   It was such a glorious sound and one that has happened very rarely around her lately.  According to the forecast, we should have some rain through Thursday.  Since meteorologists never seem to get it exactly right, I will take what we can get and be happy with it.

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This week BusyBoy had a stomach virus that was going around his class at school.  After school on Wednesday, the kids told me that someone threw up on the playground right before carpool line.  On Thursday morning, BusyBoy was complaining about his stomach hurting.  I hoped that it was simply because he was hungry.  When he did not eat his waffles and then asked for oatmeal, which he also did not eat, I knew we were in trouble.  BusyBoy is a picky eater, but he generally likes breakfast foods. 

Since GigglyGirl was feeling ok, I took her on to school and BusyBoy went along for the ride.  When we pulled into the garage, he started crying because he wanted to be at school also.  He said he was not sick anymore.  I persuaded him that we would have a fun morning if he was not sick.  He only felt like watch tv so I sat on the sofa and held him while he watched Little Bear. 

About 35 minutes into our fun morning, he was indeed sick.  Luckily, he made it to the bathroom before vomiting.  He repeated that episode a little later in the morning.  Then he slept off and on in the family room or the next several hours.  While was awake all he wanted was for me to hold him and maybe watch a little bit of tv. 

When GigglyGirl and BusyBoy were babies, we had so many problems with nursing, sleep schedules, and colic that I was relieved when they were sleeping so that I could get some rest as well.  I do not regret the feeling of relief.  I had to rest to survive.  For 8 weeks, I was literally getting a total of 2 hours a sleep a day in 10 – 20 minute increments. 

Now that they are older they do not fall asleep in my arms except for when they are really sick.  While I do not enjoy my children being sick with a minor virus, I am so glad that my presence and touch can make them feel better and I cherish the extra cuddle time I get with them when they are sick.  I know if they were sick with something serious I would not enjoy that cuddle time and would be hoping and praying for them to recover quickly.  Still, when it is a minor virus that I know will pass in a day or two, I stop everything else I am doing to make myself available to the sick child or children.  For me this is the best part about my children being sick, being able to give them comfort when they need it and being able to savor the feeling that gift brings me. 

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We have some older neighbors who live about 10 houses down from us.  Mr. Right and I know them from political activities as well as being neighbors and consider them our friends.  Mr. DC occasionally stops at our house takes a walk.  He stops to chat and to take a break before returning home.  Even though he does not live very far away, it is a challenge for him to walk the distance.  The last time he did this was last October, when all 4 of us had strep throat.  We told him through the glass screen door that he could sit on our front porch but that he did not want to be around us right then.  That was the last time the children saw him face to face in a year.

Last December the man Mr. DC fell off a step stool outside and broke his hip.  Crushed his hip is probably a more accurate term than break his hip.  He has a serious heart condition.  At first the doctors were not sure they would even be able to operate with the weak heart and the necessary extensive surgery.  Luckily, they were able to operate and after 3 weeks in the hospital and another 4 – 6 weeks in rehab, he was able to come home. 

When he returned home, we took dinner to their house a few times.  The children were with me when we dropped the food off.  Since Mr. DC was in a wheelchair and just home from the hospital, I thought it was best for the children to stay in the car.  I was concerned that they might be too rambunctious for his fragile health state.

Since then, the children have asked several times how Mr. DC is.  They have been curious about his legs.  Tonight was the first time they saw Mr. DC since he stopped at our strep infected house almost a year ago.  We were at a pizza restaurant and Mr. DC and his wife sat at the table next to us. 

We talked to him for a few minutes at our table.  He was walking with a cane.  BusyBoy asked us what the cane was and why he needed it.  I told him it was a cane to help him walk.  After Mr. DC left our table, BusyBoy said he wanted to talk to him.  We encouraged him to get up and go talk to Mr. DC at his table.  BusyBoy walked over there and said, “Mr. DC, why do you have to have this cane?”  Mr. DC explained why he needed it and showed BusyBoy the scar on his leg from his surgery.  He also told BusyBoy that he had a plate in his leg and hip and pointed to it.

When BusyBoy came back to our table, he said he liked Mr. DC and then hugged Mr. Right.  When it was time to go, both GigglyGirl and BusyBoy wanted to tell the couple good bye.  BusyBoy then proceed to say, “I love you Mr. DC” and gave him a hug. 

At bedtime tonight, GigglyGirl said she wanted to thank God for the couple, which we did in our prayers.  After the prayers she said she wanted to thank God for Mr. DC and ask God to make his leg better.

I was so impressed by my children’s reaction to this couple and their tender hearted kindness.  I am thankful for our children and for the Cs tonight.

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