Give Thanks

22 11 2007

give_thanks_2.gifWhat would you expect today, other than a Thanksgiving theme.  Yesterday I read two different articles on the first Thanksgiving both claiming they were somewhere other than Plymouth.  One said the first Thanksgiving took place in Florida and the other said the first was in Texas.  Both dinners in these articles involved the Spanish and Native Americans after a Mass.  To be perfectly honest, I don’t care where the first Thanksgiving took place!  What I hope Thanksgiving represents for me and my family is a time to stop and reflect on the many blessings in our lives.  Yes, we usually have a special dinner — sometimes with extended family, but more often not since we live so far from them.  What am I thankful for?  Suzanne posted the ABCs of Thanksgiving on MQResource and I have posted a couple of times there, but I thought I would work on my own list today.  Because this could go on forever, I’m going to limit myself to one thing per letter.

A– A-1 Quilting machine.  It’s new this year and I’m having a ball with it.

B–Books, I love to read.  I borrow lots of books from the library, but I also seem to collect cookbooks, quilting books, sewing books, painting books and there are probably others that aren’t coming to mind at the moment.

C– Christ Jesus who died for my sins so I can look forward to a future with Him!

D– Dad.  He may not have a lot to say, but he has quietly supported me my whole life.  I know he loves me and is proud of me.

E– My ENVIRONMENT.  I’m thankful for my comfortable home and for where I live.

F–Friends obviously.  I have had good friends where ever we have lived.  I am terrible at keeping in touch, but when I see friends from the past it is like time hasn’t passed.  This applies all the way back to childhood friends.

G– Guy my husband.  I couldn’t ask for anyone better!  He has loved me for over 20 years and put up with my quircky personality.  He is my best friend.  He supports my hobbies (financially and by showing an interest).  He spoils me.  I have to be careful about saying I want something, because he will get it.  He listens to me when I actually communicate.  He is an amazing father to our boys.  I could go on and on.

H– Health — not just mine, but my families.  We have our ups and downs, but in general we are blessed with good health.

I– In-laws, yes I love and appreciate my in-laws.  There really are only three my father-in-law — Glen, my mother-in-law — Sandra and my brother-in-law — David.

J– Jesse my youngest son.  He has been his own person from the day he was born.  He is too smart for his own good and can be a real sweet talker.  He is a blessing from God.

K– Kisses whether they are the ones given in front of my son’s class that embarass him, good-night kisses, or those of a more passionate nature — they are all symbols of love.

L– Lights — the older I get the more I appreciate extra lights to help me see the detail work I enjoy.

M– Mom!  She has always done her best for me.  She has always been there for me and put her heart and soul into raising my sister and me.  I love her and appreciate her.

N– Nolan my oldest son.  He is also very intelligent with an inquiring mind.  He is a sensitive soul.  He is good at setting goals and attaining them.  Two examples come to mind he taught himself to type the summer between 5th & 6th grade and he also decided to learn to ride a Unicycle during Spring Break one year.  He did it.  He too is a blessing from God.

O– I’m thankful to have many creative OUTLETS.

P– Personal Computer — I could become a computer geek.  I enjoy putting various software programs through their paces and I would feel lost without my access to the internet.

Q–I know everyone expects me to say quilts or quilting and yes I do enjoy and appreciate those things.  But I am expecially thankful for Quiet time alone.  Anyone that knows me can tell you I am not a social butterfly.  I NEED quiet time regularly.

R– Restraunts, so I don’t have to cook everyday.

S– My Sister Sheila.  I am two years and two months older than her.  We played together when we were growing up and we also fought!  (She was great at fake crying, so I got in trouble.)  She is my other best friend.  She is one of the most generous people I know.  When people meet Sheila they always remember her — she is out going and has a great laugh.

T–Teachers — both those I’ve had and those that are working with my children now.  They are special people.

U– United States of America — I am extremely thankful that I make my home in the good old USA.

V– Vacations — it’s fun to see something new and get a break from the ordinary — it is also nice to come home.

W– Water — my favorite sports involve water.  Swimming is probably my favorite physical activity.  I also really like water skiing and the one time I tried Snorkeling was great.  Canoeing and kayaking are good, too.

X– I’m thankful my son says I’m not Xanthippe (a shrewish female esp. a wife) — I told you that boy was smart!  I’d never heard the word before.

Y– Years – those past and those yet to come.

Z– Zucchini — my husband says that we haven’t had to eat it for quite some time, but I like it especially in Zucchini Bread.

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