Thankful during Thanksgiving

Monday, November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Don't get me wrong, I love Christmas just as much as the next person but, there is something about Thanksgiving week that makes me all giddy with excitement.  There is nothing better than having family gathered around the table laughing and talking about the holidays in the past.  And now that us kids are all grown, we contribute to the meal.  I'm always asked to bring my now famous, chicken spaghetti and a dessert, too.  Mom will always make the turkey and dressing because she is the only one who can make it like she does.  Trust me, I've tried.  Football will be blaring from the den because no one wants to miss a play.  And after lunch, we all find a bed, couch or recliner and enjoy our turkey induced coma. 

But, there is a lot more to like about Thanksgiving than family, food and the festivities.  For me, it's also a time to start looking back at the year and realizing how thankful I am for everything God has given me.  I can't list everything but, I will tell you a few...

• Over a year and a half ago, I was blessed by being introduced to my soul-mate, best friend and the love of my life.  I never knew that this kind of love existed or that I would ever be lucky enough to experience it.  But, I was and it changed my life forever.  The love we have for one another can not be explained in a small paragraph but if you see us together you know that this love is real and will last forever.  This is our second Thanksgiving to spend together and not only are we thankful to be celebrating again with both families but, also, thankful for our love that continues to grow everyday. 

• Family is a big part of both of our lives and we are blessed with two wonderful sets of parents.  They love us unconditionally and have set wonderful examples for our relationship and what it should be like.  His parents have been married for 47 years and mine 39 years.  They support us and our decisions and my family is happy to have another son and his family is happy to have another daughter.  We spend as much time as we can with them not because it's a have to, it's because it's a want to.

• We have four nieces between the two of us.  And the joy they bring to our lives makes us excited about our future children.  It's amazing the amount of love children have for their aunts and uncles and the love uncles and aunts have for their nieces.  And their energy, where does it come from?  But, it keeps us going strong and that we are thankful for.

• Friendships come and go but those that stand the tests of time are the ones that are really meant to be.  Isn't it funny how those people who aren't meant to be in your life are one day, finally gone?  I'm thankful for the ones who are in my life for they are the ones who are meant to be in it.  We share a friendship that is more like a sisterhood.  We share in the joys and sorrows of each others lives, we lend support and cheer on each other through the different tests of our lives and most importantly, we don't take advantage of each other.  Through the laughter and tears, good times and bad our friendship is the real deal.  And best of all, my better half loves them like sisters, too. 

• A brother and sister-in-law is shared by each of us.  My brother is someone I admire for all the hard work he does in his everyday job, for his dry, yet, hilarious humor and how he still to this day feels the need to protect me.  Growing up, I never figured we would be close but we are and somehow I have deemed to forgive him for all the bruises he gave me growing up.  His wife of five years has been someone I can talk to about life, work and the future.  I'm happy she is back in town and we are able to spend more time together.  She makes my brother happy and in return, that makes me happy and thankful.

• And to keep it short, I'm thankful for my religion, freedom and job.  I'm thankful to be able to worship and pray to the big man upstairs for all he has and continues to give me.  I'm thankful for having a saved soul and an eternal life waiting for me after my life on earth is no more.  I'm thankful for the freedom we have in this country and for all the men and women who have fought for us to have and keep it.  I know many who are still in the service and tell them often how proud I am of what they do for our country.  Last but not least, I'm thankful for my job.  A job that pays the house note and the rest of the bills that come with it, that pays for entertainment on the weekends and that pays for the Christmas gifts that I'm out buying.  =)  I love my job and the people I get to encounter while doing my job. 

Most importantly, I'm thankful to remember to be thankful.  Most people go about their daily business and forget that everything we have can be taken away from us in a second.  This Thanksgiving, I hope everyone remembers to be thankful.  But not just this time of year but every day and in every way.

Happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

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