Giving Thanks

Two days before Thanksgiving, and we had to make the decision not to host Thanksgiving at our new home. For as long as I can remember, I have always been sick on or close to this holiday. Truly wanting to look forward to it, I bring out the turkey drawings, ceramic turkeys, pumpkin decorations, and scented pumpkin candles. I glitter acorns and press leaves for the dining room table.

This morning I looked like the grinch before Christmas, all grouchy and slouching around. Grumbling and down. Crying only made me go in to an uncontrollable coughing fit. This is when I remembered, not everything is about me.

This past weekend, my cousin and his wife, who we had not seen for over 25 years, and their 2 youngest kids visited. Our kids and grandkids came over. We stayed up late. We laughed and talked. We cooked out, eating and having our own Thanksgiving time with them. They didn’t want to leave and we didn’t want to see them go. Time really does go too fast. For family, we give thanks.

Daisy and Oreo, our puppies, can race from the fireplace, up the couch and through the kitchen in as little as what seems 2 seconds flat. We hadn’t had dogs for over 6 years and we missed their furry bodies. Wet noses unexpectedly touching your leg, making you laugh and jump. Loving eyes staring in to yours. Falling asleep next to you on the couch. Making you laugh more than you have lately, as they play with their toys. For our dogs, we give thanks.

For my husband who has taken such good care of his family. Who works very hard every day. Who gives from the heart. We give thanks.

For our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren, who show their love for us in so many ways. We give thanks.

For our salvation, our faith in things not seen. The Lord up above. The angels all around. We give thanks.

For our freedom. Our beautiful country. For when we reach out and help those around us. For hugs and smiles. We all need them. We give thanks.

For a year that saw a lot of growth. For a year that held a lot of prayers. For a year that felt a lot of strength and love from not only above, but from our whole family and friends, we truly give thanks.

Have a happy and thankful day. Happy Thanksgiving wherever you are, and like us, whenever you have it. :)Jen

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