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There is always, always, always something to be thankful for.”

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Right now | I am painfully aware that some of my extended family are struggling with the loss of a father, the impending death of a mother. The sorrow and heartbreak is undeniably unbearable. I have prayed that the Lord will be there to comfort in their time of need. I am thankful that they, as a family are together today.

In my Thankful bag | Being able to stay home with the girls, the Lord’s love and grace, quiet days, yummy recipes, snowy craft days, the girls coming together and helping clean the house, good food and family to share it, awesome friends, my Mom is in town, acupuncture, a warm and fun house, my girls’ laughter, and hubby.

No matter the circumstances in your life, there is much to be thankful for. Sometimes it is hard to see. But it is there.

May your Thanksgiving day be blessed with family, friends, great food, and thankfulness.

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Thankful Tree Centerpiece

Like a lot of families, it’s become a tradition to write out the things we are thankful for during Thanksgiving. Because my kids love crafts, they required the activity to be craft related. I demand that the craft to be E-A-S-Y. Last year we colored a stuffed blessings turkey {see it here}. This year we made a Thankful Tree.

Tree full of thanks

I cut some branches from our plum-tree in the backyard. (After the snow storm, it needed pruned anyway.) Arranged the limbs in a pretty vase with some marbles in the bottom, used foam glitter leaves from Joann’s, wrote our thanks on the back and attached with string. It is the centerpiece on our dining room table. I told it had to be easy! 

Giving thanks should never be a once-a-year-thing. I am continuing to record my 1,000 Gifts (Thankfulness) until I reach that magic number. I encourage you to think about what you are thankful for and record it. For those times when you forget that you are truly blessed.

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7 silly things I am thankful for

Last week my family did a little craft project where we listed our blessing. We called it “stuffed with blessings”. Mostly we listed living things that we all should be thankful for but sometimes forget. But there are other little things that I am thankful for this year. This list isn’t meant to be serious. These are objects that I could, if I had to, live without; I am grateful all the same that I don’t.

  1. Cartoons. Sponge Bob Square Pants and Scooby Doo. Who says TV isn’t a good babysitter? Some days I wouldn’t get a thing done if it wasn’t for these guys.
  2. Online Shopping. Large frantic crowds of women hyped up on Starbucks makes me scared. Very scared. Black Friday is so much more fun when done in PJs and slippers.
  3. My Laptop. Actually, high-speed wireless internet access because without it the laptop would be useless.
  4. Mac ‘n Cheese. I know it has no nutritional value whatsoever, but some nights it’s all my girls will eat.
  5. My Mini Van. Yeah, it’s not fashionable or cool and it has little electrical quirks that drive me crazy but it gets me where I need to go. Although I wish someone (other than me) would vacuum the Cheerios off the floor already!
  6. Christmas CDs. I have a collection of 12 and plans to buy at least 2 more this season. Enough said.
  7. My Bible. Through study and reading the Bible I have gained a greater understanding of my faith and myself.

These are just little things, that because I am fortunate to live in America, I enjoy. They make my life easier. What little things are you thankful for?

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daily gratitude

  1. Christmas music. I usually restrain myself and wait to start listening to Christmas music the week of Thanksgiving, at least. Trans Siberian Orchestra is a favorite. I put in a CD last night while sitting in traffic…instant mood-booster.
  2. Ice skating with my daughter. I am officially a “skate mom”. Alex is now a member of a synchronized skate team. She has her first mini-exhibition (1:30 minutes) on Saturday at the opening of an outdoor skate rink.
  3. Thanksgiving week. Four days of vacation. We plan to ice skate one day, put up the Christmas tree another day, and sleep in!
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3 reasons i {heart} my husband

3 reasons I my husband right now.

  1. He says, “No, Honey. The meat is dried out because it was a bad cut of meat, not because you over-cooked it in the crock-pot.”
  2. He refuses to go to a strip club because of his moral beliefs when he is invited to a bachelor party.
  3. He plays “house” or “tea party” with the girls, even though his is bored out of his mind…anything for his girls.

I don’t say it often enough…I am thankful to have you in my life.

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what the 4th means to me

fireworksIn case you haven’t realized it yet, the 4th of July is on Saturday. It’s one of my favorite holidays. There is no pressure of finding the perfect present, no searching every store to find the perfect Hannah Montana wig for that rock star costume, and no spending 4 hours in the kitchen over a hot stove preparing a turkey dinner with all the trimmings that will gobbled up (pardon the pun)  in 5 minutes flat then have a sink full of dishes to clean. Yes, there is the cookout consisting of hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and the ever popular rectangle cake with strawberries and blueberries carefully decorated to look like an American flag…but there is also paper plates!

The 4th of July is about celebrating our freedom, not just as individuals, but as a country. There are a lot of freedoms that we as individuals enjoy in this country. Freedom of speech. Freedom to bear arms. Freedom of choice, like the clothes we wear, no matter how tacky, or the person we marry. Freedom of religion. But  for me, right now, the freedom and willingness to protect others who cannot protect themselves is even more important.

I don’t have friends or family members in the armed forces. I have grandparents who have served in wars at a time when I wasn’t born yet; but I haven’t had to experience the devastation of loosing a loved one in battle. That is something that I can’t even imagine.  I know the sacrifice that the men and women who are out there fighting for those who can’t  defend themselves. I understand what it means. I hurt for those families with the flag draped coffins; laying to rest their son, daughter, husband, or wife. And the mothers and fathers who have to leave their crying children behind to be deployed because they chose to do the right thing for our country. For them I am thankful. Because without them we would not have the freedoms that we take for granted today. For they protect us and keep us safe everyday. They sacrifice their lives for others. Many times they sacrifice not for Americans, but for foreigners.

Funny, I always get teary-eyed when watching fireworks displays. It could be because I am sitting downwind of the display and the sulfur-smoke is blowing in my eyes…but I think it’s because of what the fireworks represents. The pride of our country lights up the night sky for all the world to see. The cost of freedom doesn’t come cheap. But the alternative would be much more costly.

To all of the servicemen and women out there, I just want to say ‘thank you’.

Happy 4th of July America!

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