Thanksgiving

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It wouldn’t be very smart for me to make a post on Thanksgiving day and not say I’m thankful for Thanksgiving!

I love holidays…. particularly this time of year.  And no, it’s not because of the food!  It’s because of the people that we surround ourselves with!  I love family gatherings and ones that include friends too.

Today we were blessed to have  company beyond our immediate family.  Our oldest son and his girlfriend came over early this morning and had breakfast with us and stayed till about 1pm.  Then they headed up to Park City to spend the rest of the day with Ali’s family.  Our daughter is living in Arizona right now and was spending the day with her boyfriend and his family.  Really missed having her around this year!  Our youngest son was here to spend the entire day with us.

Because it was just the 3 of us, we decided to invite my sister and her new husband and her one son who would have been alone other wise to join us.  Then we ended up inviting John’s parents.  At the last minute yesterday we invited our neighbors who had  had their family dinner on Tuesday and all their children were going other places today.  So we had 10 in total, and not all from the same side of the family.  It was a nice mix.

Though we didn’t take the time I would have liked to express our gratitude to each other today…. I was still very grateful for the time we got to spend together.  I had a great idea for taking time to do that …. but the hustle of trying to get the meal ready and all on the table while it was still hot made that go by the wayside!

There is so much to be grateful for at this time of year as there is everyday.  It seems we take the time to notice or think about it a little more at Thanksgiving.  Of course, we would all be better off if we took the time to be grateful everyday.  It’s been such a blessing to me to start this blog because it has made me more aware of gratitude every day.

Though somedays I have felt like it was a little harder to come up with a topic, I wonder if it’s because I have allowed so many things that I’m grateful for to become passé to me.  I saw an enlightening video today that made me realize that perhaps that’s why someday’s I think I don’t have anything to blog about.  When you think about it….. I shouldn’t have any trouble at all coming up with a topic!

I wanted to share this video with you as food for thought.  What do you take for granted? …. what do you see so much that you forget it’s a real blessing in your life?  Stop and think about it…. I think you’ll be amazed  at what you can come up with.  Here’s the video:

I’m grateful for Thanksgiving and the opportunity it allows for family to get together.  I’m grateful for the things my friends have said they are grateful for.  Facebook has been a wonderful source of reminders of the many blessing I have as others have expressed their gratitude there.  They’ve mentioned things that I hadn’t thought of!  I’m grateful for reminders to not allow things around me to become ‘invisible’  ….  a reminder to stop and pay attention more.

This is my favorite Thanksgiving decoration I have! Gather together in Gratitude!

I hope you will all try to live in Thanksgiving daily and open your eyes to the blessing around you.  Thank you for being my readers. Many of you are regular and loyal and I thank you.

I leave you with a reminder of daily gratitude by quoting the lyrics of the Christian hymn, Count Your Blessings!

I am Grateful!  How are You?

Count Your Blessings


When upon life’s billows
You are tempest tossed
When you are discouraged,
Thinking all is lost
Count your many blessings,
Name them one by one
And it will suprise you
What the Lord has done.

####Chorus:
Count your blessings,
Name them one by one
Count your blessings,
See what God has done
Count your blessings,
Name them one by one
Count your many blessings,
See what God has done.

Are you ever burdened
With a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy
You are called to bear?
Count your many blessings,
Ev’ry doubt will fly
And you will be singing
As the days go by.

####

When you look at others
With their lands and gold
Think that Christ has promised
You His wealth untold
Count your many blessings,
Money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven,
Nor your home on high.

####

So, amid the conflict,
Whether great or small
Do not be discouraged,
Godis over all
Count your many blessings,
Angels will attend
Help and comfort give you
To your journey’s end.
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  1. Pingback: Thanksgiving; it’s all about being with people and sharing a meal. Isn’t it? | Finding Ann MacGregor

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