Families are flying in or driving great distances to be with the ones they love on this day, Thanksgiving 2017. Our friend-of-the-family for 20 years drove all the way from Illinois this week, and while he didn’t solely do so to visit with us for Thanksgiving, he is, indeed, joining us on this holiday. We’ve been a part of each other’s lives for so long, we’re family. Almost like nails in a house that have been a part of the structure from the very beginning, that is how it feels here with our friendship. Friends turned into family. That is a better description, for they are the family we choose for ourselves.
Some folks have started the 30 days of Thanksgiving, where they share what they are grateful for each day for the entire month of November. This is a great exercise to get people to focus on how good they have it, instead of focusing on the negatives that run so prominently through our minds at times.
What are you truly grateful for?
For me, I cannot adequately put into words the love, appreciation, and thankfulness I have in my heart for my family. My two blonde haired, blue-eyed daughters, who are my heart, soul, and reason for living; my parents, who didn’t have much when we were growing up but gave us all they had and guided us on the right path; my sister, who I miss with all my soul and would do anything to have her here with me now; my husband, who isn’t perfect (and neither am I) but works hard to provide for our family and comes home to massage my feet nightly because he knows how much I enjoy it; for my daughter’s boyfriend, who restored her faith in relationships and showed her what it means to be loved; and for my family of choice, the ones I choose to welcome into my home, into my heart, and into my life. My heart is grateful as I extend this to my work family as well; the ones I see day in and day out, who share laughter, as well as tears, with me inside the walls of that office. They have no idea how grateful I am for them. We pick at each other relentlessly at times, but deep in my heart, there is a great love and appreciation for my work family.
Health. We often times take this for granted, until we are forced to face an ordeal where our health and happiness is threatened. Then we realize how precious our health is, and we strive to safeguard it and protect it to the best of our ability.
My animals. They are my little furry (or feathered) therapists who calm my troubled heart, soothe my nerves, and provide unconditional love. From my 1200 pound quarter horses, with their fluffy winter coats just starting to come in, to my ever demanding two-pound dog that insists on being in my lap with her 11 pound sister fighting for my undivided attention, to my yellow and white Cockatiel with the orange dot on his face, they are all precious to me and provide unconditional love and are always so happy to see me no matter if I’ve been gone five hours or five minutes.
The beauty that surrounds us. The ever-changing leaves of Fall; the sky God uses as a canvas for His masterpieces we call Sunrises and Sunsets; waterfalls cascading down the side of a mountain; all the things we rush around without noticing the majority of the time, but oh how it would speak to our souls if we would slow down enough to appreciate them more!
These are just a few of the things my heart is grateful for on this Thanksgiving 2017.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family! May God pour out His blessings upon you all!