Full of Thanks


'Giving Thanks' is one of fifty labels I use to categorize my blog posts (see 'What I Blab About' on the righthand side). When filtering for just it this afternoon, I found that it fit the bill in some way, shape or form for most of my entries to date. Others, like 'Greek Life' and 'Gossip Girl', got more usage from BOD circa 2009-13. 

I'm thankful for that evolution as this blog has grown up with me--to see that this space has always offered me a place to pinpoint things that often get taken for granted. I'm equally thankful that there's a day (a long weekend, really) devoted to doing the same. As you may have guessed by now, it didn't seem right to dedicate this week's post to anything but the wonderful reason for the season. Here's this weekend's edition of what I'm thankful for:

Skipping the stores and instead, spending quality time with my sis, scavenging the sales in cyberspace with champagne & a new do, courtesy of her at-home beauty salon braid service.

Her son and my oldest nephew, Sam, reminding us all of the great gift that is wi-fi during our family's circle of Thanksgiving. 

Blessings really do come in all shapes and sizes. Like my big girl nieces, Ceci and Ana, who painted pottery with me. Then, there's our brand new baby boys,

like Maximilian James, whose big family joined together to witness him join his bigger Christian family last weekend  

and baby Benjamin, who can nestle in my arms whenever he needs a nap.

Last but not least, there's littlest Lucas, who lit up the room as I took him on a FaceTime tour of his wild turkey family down in Texas.

courtesy of MK's Snapchat feed
For that, I'm thankful for my phone, allowing me to connect with loved ones near and far, like Merl, who I had a morning chat with, already making my day and bound to make my week, too.

At the same time, I'm thankful to unplug and the time to flip through a new book as well as an old journal, finding an abundance of answered prayers.

All last week, I watched my mom use her forty years of experience putting food (& flowers!) on the table for our happy (and always hungry) family. No surprise then that her children--and my siblings--did wonders with side dishes and dessert.

Then, I witnessed my dad's ability--after many years of experience also--to not let a disappointing loss for his Fighting Irish football team rob him of any joy or entertainment from a good game. 

And of course, sharing all of the above with William and in turn, being treated to the company of his also sizable family, a set of six sons and two parents who value their time together and share something just as special. 

There's an overwhelming trend as I read through what I've deemed worthy of mentioning. Above all, I'm thankful for my people, this weekend and every day. 

I hope you and your people enjoy this upcoming holiday season!


Unknown said...

I am thankful for YOU! And for our phone dates that always make my week :)