Today is the day when we are officially supposed to reflect on all that we are thankful for (if you are American – everyone else can proceed onward as usual). I am thankful for the big things (health, kids, husband, roof over heads, my mother’s turkey and gravy), but I’m going to rattle off a quick list of small things that just make my life a little bit easier (or fun, as the case may be):

– The Munchkin has been accident-free for well over a week
– Belle is warming up to me, and doesn’t cry when I hold her
– Tad only has two more teeth to cut for this round
– I have met my quarterly minimums for Stampin’ Up
– My uncle emailed us all his pictures from Tad’s birthday party
– Little Cousin and her mommy are going to be visiting soon!
– The pear cranberry sauce is chilling in my fridge
– I have all the ingredients for this new pie I’m going to make for today
– I finally finished Christmas shopping for my sister-in-law
– When Costco says “One Hour Photo”, they really do mean it
– Clean diapers
– A gingerbread house kit hidden in the garage for the Munchkin
– Another gallon of whole milk and two six-packs of Yobaby yogurt for Tad in the fridge
– A fantastic clearance deal at Janie and Jack
– New Christmas dishes

My life is very full and wonderful. A few lost pictures, as dear to me as they may have been, will not overshadow that (see my determination?), when I have the opportunity to take so many more and share them. I have my baby niece and favorite sister-in-law (yes, she’s my only sister-in-law, but still…) here to celebrate with. My kids are probably going to raise havoc at my parents’ today, much to their great-grandparents’ delight and the chagrin of their parents. The Webmaster’s job is going to become permanent in January (!!!).

Life is pretty good. Amidst the sands of life, there are gleaming pearls. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

6 Responses to “Thankfulness”

  1. Dozeymagz
    November 23rd, 2006 06:53

    You all deserve the wonderful things in life. You all seem such lovely people! Even though I’m not American, it is still a good day for all of us to think about all the good things we have, these are the things that keep us going when times get tough.
    Have a wonderful day and and enjoy every precious moment of it!
    Our warmest fuzzy hugs to you all!

  2. Little Cousin's Mommy
    November 23rd, 2006 07:30

    Eat some of Mom’s turkey and gravy for me! 😉

  3. Captain
    November 23rd, 2006 09:25

    Lets not forget to be thankful for the things we take for granted, like life, a free society to live in, general public safety, not living in fear. Over 2,800 American service members have died over here; I am thankful for them.

  4. Captain
    November 23rd, 2006 09:35

    Remember, the first Thanksgiving was not when the Pilgrims and the Indians ate together, that’s all commercialism. In 1789, President George Washington proclaimed the First National Day of Thanks. But, it was President Abraham Lincoln in 1864 who proclaimed the third Thursday of every November to be our National Day of Thanks. The whole pilgrim thing fell into the story later on. Pilgrims are to Thanksgiving as Santa is to Christmas.

    Also, it is nice to be Thankful for the extra comforts in life, but do not forget, the be thankful for life, not living in fear, a free society, and relative public safety. Over 2,800 American Service members have been killed in Iraq; I am thankful for them.

  5. Juliet
    November 23rd, 2006 12:07

    I am thankful to be here in Ithaca with my wonderful and numerous in-laws, although I miss my family and friends in Seattle. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the Webmaster and all your family!

  6. Webmaster
    November 26th, 2006 16:05

    …but do not forget, be thankful for life, not living in fear, a free society, and relative public safety. Over 2,800 American Service members have been killed in Iraq; I am thankful for them.

    Something I am thankful for every day; you know, I will always be in your debt for this time you have given, my brother.