Monday, November 26, 2012


This Thanksgiving, like every Thanksgiving so far, I have a lot to be thankful for. We're not without trouble or stress, not without tantrums, and looming to-do lists, and strained relationships, and unanswered prayers, and frustrations, and sorrows. But even among life's difficulties, there's a lot I can find to be thankful for, when I take the time to actually LOOK for those things.

And it seems that the more I think about it, the more I look for it,  the more I talk about it, the more I count, count, count the things I'm thankful for, the more I find to be thankful for.

See, I'll show you.

I'm thankful for turkeys,
 and the little hands (and feet!) that made them.
 I'm thankful for the changing leaves,
 and for sweatshirt weather,
 for time to play outside,
 and time to just be silly.
 Thankful for boots
 and blue skies,
 and field goals,
 and passes.
 I'm thankful for a van that seats eight!
 And that we have more than enough people in our lives to fill it.
 We're thankful for aunts,
 and uncles,
 for good dogs,
 and silly moments.
 Thankful for chilly mountain air,
 and hot cider,
 and first sips.

I'm thankful for babies dressed like lumberjacks,
 and for yummy treats,
 and silly faces.
 Thankful for moments when we feel tall,
 and moments when we feel very, very small.
 For extended family,
 for my own family,
and for the families that we love (both pictured and not!)
 For daughters & daddies,
 for surprise kisses,
 and for a spectacular view.
 I'm thankful for finding the perfect Christmas tree,
 for having someone ELSE to cut it down,
and for having lots and lots of help
 to drag it down the hill.
I'm thankful for newlyweds,
 and oldyweds,
 and for my sisters, wedded or not.
 We're all thankful for cheerios, and snuggly kisses,
 and dusk tractor rides.
 I'm thankful that a new season is upon us!
 And that it includes sparkly ornaments,
 and twinkling lights,
 and the smell of evergreen, and the birth of a King.
And I'm thankful for the seasons that have passed. For a holiday that reminds us that we have so very, very much to be thankful for.
If we only stop to look for it.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends! It's more than likely, that I'm thankful for you, as well.

(And, yes, we are thankful for rats and pigs and PB&J. Aren't you??)

1 comment:

  1. So beautifully written!! And yes, we are thankful for pb&js and pigs, but will refrain from the rats....