Monday, December 1, 2008

Giving Thanks

It happened again! Just when I thought I had caught up and was on track with my blog and everything else in my life, I blinked and whoosh ..... November was gone. Once again... I waited too long to take note of all that happened. Here's what I remember:

I remember a FABULOUS Thanksgiving celebration at the Warrens. A succulent turkey, incredible gravy, amazing orange rolls, pie, cake, ham ring, great conversation and lots of laughter (mostly from four adorable little girls).

I remember that I spent a long moment reflecting on a few things for which I'm truly grateful, like .....

A friend named Channin who always makes room for us at her table.

More friends -- to many to name who make me laugh, who inspire me to be a better person, and who overlook all my serious flaws.

A daughter named Claire who is as beautiful on the inside and she is on the outside.

A son named Eden who is as wise as he is funny.

A husband named Matt who after 14 years of marriage, I like as much as I love.

A dog that I did not want, and now can't live without.

A house in a beautiful community, where I don't have to shovel snow.

A body that works, even if it is getting older.

The gospel which brings me peace in a troubled world, and puts everything into perspective.

And .... I'm grateful for Thanksgiving. When I was young I really didn't enjoy Thanksgiving at all. I think it has something to do with the fact that 95% of the adults in my family smoked around the table and everything tasted a little bit like tobacco. And, I "may" have been a picky eater. (OK, I was a picky eater). The only thing I liked was putting the olives from the vegetable try on my fingers. It's different now. I've grown up and I've learned a few things. Thanksgiving is about togetherness (even if it involves tobacco smoke) and taking the time to appreciate what you have, instead of complaining about what you lack.

I'm glad we set aside one day out of the year to celebrate that.

1 comment:

Rachel said...

I am thankful for your family and their influence in our lives - so glad to see a new post, keep it coming!