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All good things…Day 26

Thanksgiving '12 088I don’t really like the saying “all good things must come to an end.” I mean, really, why do good things have to end? Who made that rule?

I am thinking about our visits with family over the Thanksgiving holiday, for example, which were great and always seem entirely too brief. I am always so thankful to be able to go see our people for Thanksgiving, because there was a time when we lived so far away that going home for Thanksgiving was not an option. (Iowa to North Carolina—not a weekend trip.)

Did this saying come about because if it, the good thing, goes on for too long, it won’t seem so good anymore? (Because there is also that saying about “too much of a good thing”, you know.)

Yeah, well. I don’t necessarily subscribe to that theory.

Or is it because we get complacent after a while and don’t really appreciate the “good thing” in the same way as we did at first?

Maybe that’s it.

Maybe. But I just know that when it is time to leave the “good thing” that I call my family, my people, I am really bummed. And, frankly, I find post-holiday re-entry into every day life to be pretty challenging.

I look around and I see how the people I love age and change during the time that I am not with them. I look at my grandmothers and my parents and my mother-in-law and I see folks getting older. I am joyously entertained by my nieces and nephews—the young ones and the not-so-young ones—and wish I could be with them more. I miss having a regular, face-to-face, connection with my brothers and sisters-in-law. I wonder how the time goes by so quickly and why it is that I have to be so enslaved to the demands of my own life that I cannot be with them to enjoy the time we have. I find that the older I get, the more I wish we lived closer and could be more involved in the every day stuff of life.

I am so grateful for the time we are able to spend together, but I miss them all.

And I long for more of these good things.

 

“…for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” ~Psalm 109:7 NIV

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A side of crazy. Day 20

I have often said that Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Yes, I like to eat; there are some yummy eats to be had between my mama’s house and my mother-in-law’s house! Yes, I am so thankful for all the blessings in our lives! Those things alone are great things to bring me to a very grateful place in my heart.

But what I get so excited about at Thanksgiving is getting to hang out with my people!!

About three times a year, I get to be in the same house with my mama and daddy, my two grandmas, my two brothers and their wives and my hilarious nieces and nephews! It is crazy chaos, but there are stories and cooking and eating and just sitting around looking at each other. Then, I get to go to my mother-in-law’s house where we get to do it all again!

I never get tired of it. And it doesn’t happen often enough.

Today is the happy day that we get to go my mama’s house! I haven’t seen my people since the end of July and I am stoked!

My family is not perfect. We don’t always agree on everything. There is a bit of cray-cray. But the bottom line is we love each other. Always.

So bring on the crazy! Bring on the chaos! Bring on the love!

And by all means, bring on the turkey!

I mean, what’s a little turkey without a can of crazy on the side, eh? As we say around here that is BO-to-da-RING!

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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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