Give Thanks!

Good morning! 

Happy Thanksgiving!  🙂

It’s turkey day! It’s the day we give thanks. I can tell you one turkey that’s giving thanks this year.  The one I didn’t buy, and we didn’t eat on Thanksgiving.:)

My youngest daughter has to work from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, and I will be working from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. tonight. Both at St. Francis Hospital. So we did the non traditional thing. We celebrated a day early. And we did not eat turkey. We ate tacos! And tamales. We feasted on Mexican food. One of our favorites.  One Tom the turkey got to don his sombrero and give thanks. Although I did substitute ground turkey in place of the beef in my chili and threw in a can of pumpkin and some corn in honor of Thanksgiving. Mexican pumpkin chili. A new recipe find. 🙂

This Thanksgiving day will bring the traditional turkey dinner for me at lunch time with my favorite guys.♡  And two of my daughters have other homes that will provide them with the turkey and trimmings we all know and love. And you can count on it, I’ll be running a plate up to my daughter that’s working at the hospital all day so she, too, can have her turkey. 🙂
                                                                      Some of us may not be sitting down at the table Martha Stewart would set. Some of us resemble the Griswold’s a little more than the Kardashians.  We may not have generations of family in tact to join us. We may not even be eating turkey. But no matter what, we can all still give thanks! Be thankful for something. 

I encourage each of you to take a moment today in the midst of the parades, the decorations, the feasting, the family and friends,  the football,  the shopping, the working. Whatever today may bring for you. And simply give thanks. For something.

Today I give thanks for you, my readers, that keep me accountable to keep fulfilling a life long dream of mine. To write. Every day. To seek God’s word in search of a fitting scripture. Every day.

I give thanks for my family.  As small. As broken. As dysfunctional as it may be at times. It’s mine. ♡ I love every one of them dearly. My dad, my three daughters and their significant others, and my grandchildren. Unconditionally. And sometimes it has to be one at a time. 🙂 Thank you for teaching me to break the mold of society’s example of the perfect family, and just accepting and loving mine. ♡.Lord knows I struggle with that! 

I give thanks for the handful of ladies in my life I call friends.  A few happen to also be called my family. The ones that are always there to offer a shoulder to cry on when I’m tired and need to vent with life’s frustrations. Those same ladies that are there with party hats when I celebrate some small victory. You know who you are! ♡

I give thanks to the man in my life that puts up with me. That tells me he loves me terribly. That keeps me grounded when I lose my way. When I struggle. When I want to give up.Who constantly teaches me baby steps. Every day. ♡

I give thanks for my jobs. Both of them. Working with children. Children that are not the typical. They teach me so much more than I could ever teach them and help me keep life in perspective. 

I give thanks for my country. The land of the free. And the brave. And it’s still the greatest in my eyes. Today. Just for today my prayer is for everyone to stop bashing it. To unite as one country and give thanks for those in our past, our present, and our future that have fought and worked to defend it and still do.

But most of all I give thanks to my God. For creating me. For loving me. For forgiving me. For teaching me His ways through my own free will.

Today.  I give thanks! How about you?

give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.           1 Thessalonians 5:18

Love and laughter, 

Sandy

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