The Things for Which I Am Grateful. . .
Updated: Dec 22, 2019
It's Thanksgiving today and the day when most people take time to give thanks, spend time with their loved ones and take the time to share the things in their life that they are grateful for. I love Thanksgiving or I do now away. It is now my favorite holiday or has been since I married Jeff. Don't get me wrong, back in the day it was nice. Family would gather together, have a big meal, people would go home full and that would be about it. Since I've been with Jeff, we don't do Thanksgiving at home. We get away to a cabin and go to place where our families come together and we all cram in and stay for three nights. It's not luxury by any means and we have to share rooms but it's what we do and we wouldn't change it. We eat all our meals together, go for long walks in the woods, sit around bonfires, play games and just be free. If we forgot to pack something, oh well we go without it. There is no running to the store or in town. We stay put. Yes we do a big thanksgiving meal but that's not our focus. My brother and Jeff cook turkeys on the grill while drinking beer and listening to music. My SIL and I along with my nieces decorate a pavilion area with pumpkins and twinkle lights and lots of candles. The cousins run around looking for adventure in the golf cart and keep secrets about getting stuck in the mud or some other adventure and play made-up games. And then we eat picnic style outside each year on paper plates. We try to minimize the cooking and clean up as much as we can because while it's a great meal, that's not our focus. Our focus it to clean up and resume playing games, sitting by the fire or going for a ride in the woods. It was funny the year Cards Against Humanity came out and we got the grandmothers to play it with us. They were looking at the cards and Jeff's mom said "oh sugar, I can't say this!" We were all dying laughing and she eventually got into it with a twinkle in her eye. Technology isn't a priority where we are. Half the time, no one even knows where their phone is except when we are trying to do photos to capture the moments that are taking place. So yes, this is why Thanksgiving is now my favorite holiday. The gratitude that I feel to be able to come to a place like this every year to just spend time with my family is the best time of year for me. It doesn't revolve around schedules, people coming and going and having to leave by a certain time. No one is having to go buy presents and wrap them, it's truly time spent appreciating each other, laughing a lot and observing everyone having a good time.
It's been 15 years that we have been doing Thanksgiving like this and it's changed over time. People have come and gone, passed away and some just don't come anymore. But no matter what we always say that everyone is welcome. That's the thing as I get older -- nothing is guaranteed and each year becomes a blessing especially as people get older. Like this morning, my daughter crawled into bed with us at 7am saying she couldn't sleep anymore because she was so excited about today. She's not going to do that forever, so I held her, laid with her for awhile, saying to myself "thank you, God, for this and giving me her."
I love that we have made this our Thanksgiving tradition with our family and that we all love and appreciate it so much. I know that nothing is guaranteed and time can pass so quickly so I don't take any of it for granted. Instead, I try to soak up all the feelings of gratitude that I feel when I am here and keep them close all throughout the year.
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you. We are grateful for you following us on this journey of trying to be our authentic and unapologetic selves! xo