Brian and I have so much to be thankful for again this year. Words may not do it justice. Late last night while we were on our way home, I got caught up in my own thoughts. I was content and grateful. Quiet. We have been blessed beyond measure, and unfortunately on a busy, stressful daily basis, I often forget to stop and remember those blessings.
I am so glad we have a holiday that helps me to remember to be thankful. It seems silly to even say that, but it's true! It is dedicated time set aside for giving thanks.
Each year, Brian and I make the trip to two family gatherings. It's a long day, and I'm worn out the day after; but it is so very worth it. Our families, and the time we get to spend with them, is the top thing I am thankful for. Without their love, sacrifice, and effort, we wouldn't be the people we are today.
On Brian's side, we have non-traditional traditions. No turkey or dressing, but a meal shared together. For the last two years, we have had brunch. It's delicious and the perfect way to start the day. Then we make a trip out to the Christmas tree farm! We cut a small one down for the back porch, and we pick out a large Frasier Fir (that's been shipped in from elsewhere) for the family room. This year we were able to sit on the porch and chat. The weather was perfect. Too warm for November, but beautiful.
Then we make an hour+ drive to the other side of town to see my side. We have the traditional Southern comfort food. We've done away with a lot of the casseroles we used to have at grandma's, but we still have macaroni and cheese, green beans, and cornbread stuffing with turkey and gravy. We sit around and talk over dinner and dessert. Traditional dinner is also delicious and the perfect way to end the day!
I am thankful for...
Here is a blog post that I came across on Facebook. It's hilarious. And so true. My favorite is the cardigans. Along with teal, I may have a problem with cardigans...Teacher Thanks
In all seriousness though, my goal is to be more mindful of giving thanks all the time. Not just on Thanksgiving day, but every day.