Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. ~W.J. Cameron
I don’t know about you but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love the gathering of family and friends, the spread of food that everyone helps to prepare, and the time to give thanks and share what we are thankful for. The fact that the day isn’t just about presents makes it all the more special to me.
My family has certain traditions that I love and always look forward to — Mom’s special recipe to cook the turkey, Dad’s great carving skills, my sister’s sweet potatoes, my aunt’s rolls and cranberry, my cousin’s pies, my brother-in-law’s mashed potatoes, my sister-in-law’s casseroles, and our green beans.
This week, I look forward to another gathering of those who can be there. Today, I wanted to write about the items that I have been thankful for this month. In previous Novembers, I have written each day about items I am thankful for. This month I am way behind and haven’t written about them yet.
Here are the first 15 items on a list that I saw on Facebook. It is a variety of categories of things and people who I am thankful for on a 30 Days of Thankfulness list. I will post the more items tomorrow and then the rest of the month.
- Person — One of my many loved ones who I am thankful for is my husband Kirk. To be on this journey in life with him and our son is so very special. He is my friend, my love, and so much more.
- Animal — I loved my grandparent’s dog Schatzi so very much and have an oil paining of her at our house. Now, I love my parents’ dog Riley. She is such a love and quite a character. She is really good is with kids. And, it’s a hoot watching her clean a plate.
- Cozy Place — I am thankful for our living room couch. I love to curl up there to read a good book, to sit and talk with Ian and/or Kirk, to watch television, to eat a snack, and to fall asleep after a long day. I often like to sit under a blanket and relax there.
- Favorite snack — At this time of year, I very much enjoy and am thankful for sharp cheddar cheese, pumpkin bread, and a cold glass of milk. I enjoy the contrast of flavors and it feels like fall to me. Yummy!
- Place — I am so thankful for our family beach house in San Diego. This small house has been the place of so much family love and fun. We have had multiple generations come and go, have had sleep-overs, family sing-alongs, friends visiting day and night, and so much more. The place is tiny, usually crammed, but is one of my favorite places in the world.
- Pair of Shoes — I have a pair of brown flip-flops that I bought years ago at a shop at the beach. They are still comfortable and I regularly wear them. They are raised up a bit so they give support. I liked them so much that I bought a second pair.
- Scent — This is more difficult since there are so many to choose from and to be thankful for. In the morning, I love the smell of coffee as it is brewing. I love the smell of Ian after he has gotten out of the shower and he is giving me a hug. I love the smell of Kirk’s cologne. And, I love the smell of the ocean — the salt water, the wind, and the waves.
- Restaurant — One of my favorite places to eat is a true dive and serves the best fish tacos. It is at the beach and is within walking distance from the beach house. They also make delicious burritos, cheese quesadillas, and refried beans. I look forward to my next beach trip where I can walk there and get some food.
- Blog / Website — I am thankful for Facebook and the ability to keep in touch with friends and family who live so far away. I am also thankful for this blog as it gives me an outlet to write and share my thoughts. I also like blogs that several of my friends write. Those are fun to read.
- Time of Day — Each afternoon, I pick up Ian from school. We usually walk home and have a chance to talk about our day and what is on his mind. I treasure these moments and am so very thankful for them. Next year, he will be at another school that we have to drive to. So, pickup time will be different but still special.
- Tradition — There are a few traditions that I am thankful for. First is our family’s tradition of reversing our ages on birthday cakes. So this year, instead of turning 50, I will be 5 years old. A second childhood. Nice! I don’t remember who started this but it is fun and something that many people ask about. Next, we always opened just one gift on Christmas Eve and the rest on Christmas morning.
- Gadget — I still use a real camera and so enjoy taking pictures with it. People often look at me funny — especially kids since I don’t have a phone that I am taking pictures with. I am still old school with this I suppose.
- Something Old — When I was a child, my uncle gave me a teddy bear who I named Teddy. How creative is that? Not very. He is white with black trim and is still a favorite of mine. He is ripped in a few places, slightly dirty, but still gives good cuddles. I have learned with Ian how real our stuffed friends are.
- Something New — So much of what I buy is from a consignment shop, that finding new items is a bit of a stretch. My latest purchase was a new pair of jeans. They are comfortable and easy to clean. I also like a dress shirt that we bought for Ian. He looks very handsome in it.
- Experience — I have so many experiences that I am thankful for and have learned from. The one that is the most special and treasured is learning I was pregnant, having our son grow inside me, feeling him move around, talking to him, and then meeting him after he was born. The entire experience and every day since has been an amazing blessing that I will always cherish.
May we always remember to be thankful for our blessings and those in our lives.