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Monthly Archives: November 2011

ah, yes it is that time of year again. When American’s everywhere are gathering with friends and family to sit down and eat themselves silly, planning their Black Friday shopping bonanza. This wonderful holiday called Thanksgiving. There is much discussion in our house about the origins of Thanksgiving, about the way the First Thanksgiving actually happened. Personally, considering the modern holiday in and of itself, it’s by far one of my favorites! I am so excited about the pie this year…..All that yummy food….

But there is also the meaning of this particular holiday, to give thanks for the things we have been blessed with. Now, we really should give thanks every day of the year, but it’s easy to forget to do that in all the hustle and bustle and stresses of life, so when this time of year comes around that reminds us to be thankful, we ought to do it. And that’s what I’m going to dedicate this post to.


I am thankful.


I am thankful for the way we’ve been blessed. I am healthy, Rob is healthy. We are warm, we have good food to eat, and plenty of it. We have electricity and running hot water. Time to slow down and enjoy life. We are safe. We are so blessed. We have good friends around us, good family back home.

I am so thankful, for everything. I am thankful for Rob, to have been blessed with a loving, kind husband. I’m thankful that he does the dishes and always offers me the last bite of whatever treat we’re sharing. I am thankful for all the little things he does to make sure that I am safe and warm and comfortable. I’m thankful to him for encouraging and supporting me in all the quirky things I do, in my artwork, in my new quest to find my voice, in my cooking (though he benefits greatly from that 😉

More and more I am so, so thankful to my parents for providing a phenomenal childhood, for their endless support and guidance and encouragement. I’m thankful to my siblings, as crazy as they may be, for being awesome and funny and I count all of them as not just siblings but friends. I am especially thankful as I realize that not everyone is that blessed to have friend siblings.

And I am always thankful for all the ways God has seen to bless us in. It is truly amazing.


I don’t know that there have been many times in my life when I have been as utterly content as I am now. Life is good.


I look forward to another year of blessings, and will do my best to remember to give thanks every day.


What are you thankful for?