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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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This year for Thanksgiving, Mr. Right and I are hosting a small family gathering at our house.  His mother, his sister and her family will be attending.  It will only be 5 or 7 additional people. 

My MIL is bringing corn souffle and my SIL is bringing green bean casserole.

If you like these recipes, you might also like my list of sweet potato recipes, list of pumpkin bread recipes, other recipes, Menu Plan Mondays, and facts about sweet potatoes and yams.

Additionally, you may like to see other bloggers’ Thanksgiving recipes at Karla’s Gobble Gobble Some Good Stuff recipe carnival.

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It has been awhile since I participated in a Friday Fill-In and decided to do so again today.

1. The things I give thanks for this Thanksgiving are _____.

  • My family, especially my husband and our children
  • My friends (I learned what it was like this year to have friends who love without limits and judgment.)
  • The roof over our head
  • My consulting business
  • The health of my family and myself
  • God’s forgiveness and the peace forgiveness can bring when you give it to others 

2. My Thanksgiving traditions include eating turkey, ham, biscuits, and potatoes.  Mr. Right and I visit different family members for Thanksgiving or if we are really lucky we have family to our house and can prepare the Thanksgiving meal for them.  We are really lucky this year and have several family members coming to our home.  Mr. Right and I enjoy preparing food for family and friends and are looking forward to this.

3. The best part about Thanksgiving is taking time to prayerfully consider the things you are thankful for in the past year.

 4. My favorite Thanksgiving food is potatoes and biscuits with honey.  Oh, and the roasted marshmallows on the sweet potatoes but not the sweet potatoes themselves.   When I was a child that was pretty much all I ate for Thanksgiving.  I always thought the turkey was dry and the other food to elaborate and gross.

5. _____ was the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to me on Thanksgiving.  I cannot think of something embarrassing to happen to me on a Thanksgiving but I can think of one of my friends and former co-worker Ken’s most embarrassing Thanksgiving moment. 

Ken and his wife got a new oven and had their entire family over for Thanksgiving.  Ken was so excited about his new oven that he had to show everyone in the family all the features of it.  His wife had already started cooking the turkey.  He was showing what each of the dials and buttons did.  He said, “Look at this cool switch.  The oven will clean itself without any work.”  Next, he slid the self-cleaning switch to the on position.  All the women who were watching were yelling, “No! Stop!  Don’t”  Their warning screams were too late.  When he moved the switch the oven started heating up the highest temperature, locked the door, and would not budge. 

Ken was so devasated when he realized what he did. 

In the end, the men of the family had to use tools to remove the oven door from its hinges.  The Thanksgiving turkey was toast but at least he has had a funny story to tell over the years.  One that brings a smile to my face even now.

6. After the meal, I usually spend time with the family and then dash to the next family member’s house.  This year, I will get to clean up, relax, and then watch Miracle on 34th Street (the 1990s version) and sip hot chocolate with Mr. Right and our family.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to working while watching some of the week’s tivoed shows.  I have to label and stamp 5,000 postcards for a political mailing.  Tomorrow my plans include catching up on my Google Reader feeds from the week.  And Sunday, I want to go to church with our family and get a massage from Mr. Right in the evening after the children are in bed!  Woohoo!

What are your Thanksgiving traditions?  Do you have any humorous stories?  If so, please leave a comment below with them or a link to them. 

You, too, can participate in Friday Fill-In by going to the official website.  If you did participate, leave a comment below with your url so I can visit you. 

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