Thankfulness

One of the things I enjoy most about writing a blog is that I can go back and read old posts and see how I was feeling and thinking.  In pondering what to write about for Thanksgiving this year, I thought I’d go back and look at what I was writing about last year.  I wrote about how to find gratitude in hard situations.  I wrote about a situation in particular that was causing me grief and heartache.  And, even as I wrote it then that situation had been ended for nearly a year.  Now I’m even farther away from it.  I’m happy to report that I no longer think about it daily.  In fact, I’d be hard pressed to even think about it once a month.  God has been faithful and good and helped me work through it.  I am thankful for that this Thanksgiving.

I am also thankful to have my family around this Thanksgiving.  Last year, my grandma was recovering from surgery.  Six years ago, my dad was fresh out of the hospital where he’d been for six weeks teetering between life and death for way too long.  These are people who I love dearly.  I’m glad to have them around to celebrate with along with the rest of my family.

I am thankful for those who have gone before and I will miss them this Thanksgiving.  I’m thankful to have had them in my life in the first place.  I wouldn’t be the same person today if it weren’t for the influence of my maternal grandpa and paternal grandma who are in heaven.

My little one enjoying eating her first Thanksgiving dinner last year.

I am thankful for a curly-haired, redhead who is vivacious and full of life.  I never expected a red-headed, blue-eyed child.  I never expected one who is so incredibly talkative.  And I can’t imagine my life without her.  I find it hard to believe that this will be her third Thanksgiving.  I remember her first in the midst of H1N1 and we were still under house arrest with her.  My husband grilled me a steak, himself a hot dog and we sat her on the table at home in her bouncy seat while we ate.  Our families stopped in later for a visit, but it was nice just to have our new little family together.  Last year, she got to eat her first Thanksgiving dinner and will enjoy it again this year.  I’ll even let her help me make some homemade rolls if she’s interested.  She’ll entertain us and our extended families, I’m sure.

I am thankful for my husband.  He keeps me sane.  He makes me laugh.  He supports me.  He protects me.  Most of all, he loves me no matter what.  He’s seen me at my worst and my best and loves me just the same.  And he still makes my heart flitter-flutter just like he did when we met way back in my freshman year of high school.

I am thankful for my great-aunt’s car lot.  (Yeah, you weren’t expecting that one, were you?)  Every Thanksgiving since I was a kid, we’ve gone there to have Thanksgiving dinner.  It sounds odd, I know.  But, it’s what we do.  It’s the only facility big enough to hold all of our extended family.  I see cousins of varying degrees, great-aunts and uncles and a collection of other folks who make their way to “the car lot” to partake in a southern Thanksgiving dinner.  We don’t always have super traditional food, but we enjoy what we have: tator tot casserole, fried apple pies, deviled eggs, layered salad, scalloped potatoes and all.  Of course there is also always a turkey that’s been cooked until it died again, but that’s OK, too.  When I think of the car lot, I think of part of my family.  I’m thankful for that closeness.

I am thankful for my in-laws.  And I’m thankful I can say that.  I know too many people who are certainly far from thankful for their in-laws, but I have exceptionally good ones.  They are funny, warm and loving.  They treat me as one of their own.  My mother-in-law will cook way more food than we could ever eat, and it will all be yummy.  I’m making homemade rolls, which makes me super excited (evidently, since this is the second time I’ve mentioned them…).  It’s nice to have people who we can sit down with, eat, talk and laugh, whether it’s a holiday or not.

I am thankful for you, dear readers.  I know that you’re out there somewhere.  I know that some of you are faithful to read every time I post (which, at three times a week, even my husband says is too much to keep up with!).  I am thankful for you.  I’m thankful for your support and love.  I’m thankful for your comments and “likes.”  I’m thankful for your friendship.  Somehow I feel like we have gotten to know each other even more.

And, if you are a dear, faithful reader, you will know I can’t mention giving thanks without mentioning the One from Whom all things come.  Above all, I am thankful for my God who sustains me, encourages me, covers me in grace and holds me close.  He is more than my Savior; He is my friend and I can’t imagine anything better.

From my family to yours, I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving!

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