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Thanksgiving Every Day. Day 19

It is a chilly, gray and drizzly start to Thanksgiving week here in South Carolina.

And as I look out the window, I find myself remembering when we lived in Iowa and it seemed that every day from November through March was a freezing, gray and windy day…often snowy. And though I do love my Iowa Peeps, I am thankful that chilly, gray and drizzly are not the norm for my current digs!

30 days of thankfulnessI have begun to reflect a bit on the coming week and what it means to me and my family. In this month of November, many of us, myself included, tend to really think about the things that we are thankful for…obviously the holiday is the impetus for that. But this year, more than any other, it seems, I keep asking myself why I don’t live in this state of gratitude the entire year. Every minute. Every day.

Don’t get me wrong, I am certainly not ungrateful every other month of the year. I consider myself a pretty grateful person. I do think about the blessings in my life and am truly humbled by how incredibly blessed I am.

But am I walking around with an attitude of thanksgiving in the every day things? Every. single. day?

I don’t think so.

I find myself grumbling at the mountain of laundry.

I worry about our finances.

I silently curse all the dishes as I load the dishwasher.

I sigh about having to schlep the kids all over everywhere.

Grumble. Worry. Curse. Sigh.

Where is the thanks?

Thank God I have a family who needs their clothes washed and a washing machine and dryer that still work after 20 years.

Thank God we have enough money to meet our monthly expenses.

Thank God I have a family to feed and enough food to feed them.

Thank God my children  are able to get out and do things they enjoy. Thank God we have a vehicle in order to schlep them!

May I be thankful in everything and for everything—big and small. May I strive to see every chore as a blessing. May I be thankful for what I do have instead of what I think we need.

In everything, give thanks.

May my 30 days of thanksgiving become 365 days of thanksgiving.

 

“In everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”       ~1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NASB)

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Breakfast on the Crazy Train. Days 17 & 18

One of the things in life that I cherish and that just plain makes me happy is making breakfast with the family on the weekends.

Confession: I am not one of those mamas who gets up in the wee hours of the morning to prepare breakfast for my people every day. Sorry.

And even if I did, Emma would not eat it. She has never been much of a breakfast person first thing in the morning. And Clyn and Jacob get up at different times. So pretty much, the only one who would eat that weekday breakfast would be me, and frankly, I can survive on my morning tea or coffee and some nabs. I mean, let’s be for real.

Welcome to the crazy! With the addition of our friend, Sarah, photobombing in the background. Circa Nov. 2011.But on the weekends, it’s ON! I enjoy the breakfast-making and often everyone gets involved. The kids help make the cheese biscuits and scrambled eggs and bacon. Sometimes there is sausage, blueberry pancakes, cinnamon toast or sausage eggs. Nom nom!

The radio is on and frequently there is (bad) dancing and (decent) singing. Jiffy is under our feet snuffling around and hoping for some scraps. There is laughter and silliness and I just love it.

Now, if I could just get someone else to clean up the mess…

Weekend breakfasts rock.

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Things I Learned From My Grandmas. Day 16

Grandma Nell and Granny Hobbs...my two amazing grandmas

Be generous. Always.

Always say “yes ma’am” and “no ma’am” (or else Grandma won’t acknowledge you).

It is never a bad time to go to Wal-Mart or the thrift shop—‘cause you can always find good stuff. And then give it away.

There is life after losing your husband.

Don’t bite your nails.

Don’t be afraid to work hard.

Pretty is as pretty does.

Cats are people too.

Always keep a little candy around—in your house or in your purse. You never know when you might need to give some to a kid!

Sadly, not everyone has the gift of the green thumb.

Use a child’s first and middle name together—it scares them.

It is hard to ask for help, but sometimes you have to.

Your circumstances do not have to define you.

Any day you wake up and don’t see your name in the paper is a good day.

Persevere.

Laugh a lot.

Let love be your legacy.

Just because you don’t see well, doesn’t mean you don’t see.

Just because you’re old, doesn’t mean you are any less awesome.

In fact, it means you are much more than awesome—you are an amazing gift to your family, and I am more grateful than I could ever say.

 

♥ I love you, Grandma Nell and Granny Hobbs.♥

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