Beyond the obvious of family and friends, our home, a way to provide for our family, and the food that fills our table, there are other things that I am thankful for. Every year at Thanksgiving when my family gets together, we all go around the table and say something that we are thankful for. Well, my family pretty large (by today’s standards), and including all adults and children, this year, there are 25 of us gathering together… 10 adults, and 15 children, all ages 9 and under. It can be loud and crazy and chaotic, but we love it. As I was saying, we all say something that we are thankful for, and it never fails that one of our little munchkins gives a very heartfelt thanks for something unique. Like popsicles or Legos or mud. We all chuckle a little, but we know there is truth in what they say.
Doodle: I’m thankful for Christmas trees! And candy! Treats!
Miss Lady: I’m thankful for candy canes and decorations. I’m thankful for Jesus’ birth at Christmas.
Peanut: I’m thankful for God and Jesus and I’m thankful for what they made for us that help us survive, like food and water and stuff.
Pumpkin: I’m thankful for my family, for the food God made us, oh, definitely chicken nuggets (giggling ensues), and I’m also thankful for my cousins and Legos.
(Can you tell some of the kids have Christmas on their minds?)
Scott: I’m thankful for venison, Gregorian chants, and eyesight.
Danielle: I’m thankful for two freezers nearly full of meat and butter. I’m thankful for learning how to harness a more positive attitude and to find the silver lining in things. I’m so grateful for each and every one of my very (very) noisy children, because all of that noise means that they are still happy, healthy, and very much alive. I’m thankful for failures because they mean we are learning. And I’m thankful for eggnog, pumpkin pie, and chocolate!
And if I could speak on behalf of E since he’s not really yet capable of forming sentences, I’ll go out on a limb and say that he’s thankful for Dad, Mom, his siblings, his crib, his blanket, and milk. In that order.
I pray you have a peaceful, fun, wonderful Thanksgiving this year! What are you thankful for? You can check out the links below to find out more about what some of my friends are thinking about this Thanksgiving season!
P.S. You can check out our posts from September about a harvest meal… plenty of great recipes and ideas you can include in your Thanksgiving meal! Check out the posts that I contributed here and here.