Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Giving Thanks

Tomorrow will be our last Thanksgiving in this home, and at first, I'd thought about only having a small meal with hubby and my sons, but after ruminating on it, I've decided I want this to be a special family get-together...with turkey all of the trimmings.  Things here have gone downhill since the man upstairs passed, but it wasn't always that way. The purpose of Thanksgiving should be to give thanks for all those gifts and blessings that we take for granted every day, and I know that each of us  has plenty of good memories here as well, and this is what I want everyone to remember which is why I am going to ask everyone to share one of their favorite moments.

Too often we go through our lives finding things that are wrong in our world.
I could sit here now and write about all that went wrong here, but I chose not to. When we gear ourselves towards negativism, we overlook the obvious blessings that we enjoy.  Thanksgiving, or Harvest Home, as it was known in Europe, even before the first colonists came to America, was a time to enjoy the fruits of your labor and give thanks for all the bounty that you received throughout the year. I
t was a time to gather together for a purpose other than work, to eat, visit and celebrate the day one of the most precious holidays one can celebrate.  Here are some of the things I am thankful for. 

....I am thankful for the ability to choose how I want to live my life. I've made plenty of mistakes, yes, but I've learned lessons from them which have helped me to grow.

....I am thankful for my family who  loves me at my  best and accepts me at my worst. 

 ....I am thankful for my beautiful new home as well as the one I have lived in for 15 years. 

....I am thankful for Mother Nature, for all of the trees, flowers and animals which add beauty to my life  and show me new wonders everyday.

....I am  thankful that I have the ability to pay my bills, even if it means that I have to give up some things that I want.  Having those basic needs met is a luxury for many people

....I am thankful for the food that graces my table.

....I am thankful for the sun rise each morning for it means another day of life. 

....I am thankful for the moonlight which guides me at night.

....I am thankful that all of you, my dear friends, have come into my life.

Blessings to all of you. 


  1. Wonderful attitude, Dear One.

    Gentle hugs,
    "Come ye thankful people, come,
    Raise the song of Harvest-home"

    ~ Henry Alford

  2. You are living the true meaning of Thanksgiving! Harvest blessings to you and your family, Mary!

  3. A beautiful list of gratitude, Mary. Enjoy your feast with your loved ones, and think how special the holidays will be this year, too. Hugs and blessings!

  4. I wish for you a day filled with Blessings and Happiness have earned it with life stripes!

    Today I am grateful for our ongoing Sisterhood, I've been richly blessed by knowing you! :)

    Happy Harvest!

  5. On to bigger and better things dear Mary......Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.



  6. I am grateful today for the memories of my grandma and the many, many Thankgiving dinners she cooked for our family. NO ONE will ever be able to make cornbread dressing and homemade biscuits like hers. Ever.

    Love you and miss you, Grandma!