Thankful For Our New Grandson

What a beautiful day to get to spend with our rarely seen grandkids, and baby boy included. We haven’t seen him since he was born, despite efforts on our part. What a treat to hold him and care for him today. So beautiful is this precious life. We are so very thankful!! Thank you, God, for this day!!πŸ˜„β€

Our Forebears

We do not contemplate our ancestors enough. They had to have had a certain endurance for us to be here. They had to love each other and care about family enough to procreate. They had to be healthy enough, strong enough, really tough. They had to care. They protected their land, fought oppression and tyranny, they lived and thrived enough to provide for a family that could provide for a family and so on until we came on the scene. They had faith they wanted to pass down. They had principles they stuck to. They had guns to protect their investment. They had land they worked. Our Forebears rocked. They were incredible and their endurance runs through our veins. And I am grateful for and to them and to God for providing what they needed so we would be here now and I could be raising my own children here now. Thank you, foreparents. Thank you, God.❀

Thanksgiving Traditions

It is our tradition to eat out on Thanksgiving day. Then, when it is deeply on sale the next day or two, we buy a turkey and ham and ribs this year and cook them up to last and while. This year, we smoked them and wow, so glad we did. We have plenty! Enjoy!❀

The Art of Giving Thanks

Today 830 or so of my fellow citizens of our central Florida city stood in line together to receive one or two Thanksgiving dinners for an elderly person (generally widows or widowers) in our town. Our family took a meal to a sweet 96 year old lady who happened to be asleep. Lol But she will enjoy as great meal tomorrow, Lord willing. But that is a wonderful new tradition for us. Serving and giving to others is a great way to articulate a lifestyle of gratefulness. There is little as rewarding as the great feeling that comes from making someone smile. It is a lifestyle, not just a special day, but in light of this special holiday for Thanksgiving, I am thankful to God for life, for my family, for my band family, and for you. Thank you, God!! Have a very happy thanksgiving!!! ❀

Thanksgiving Contemplations

My favorite holiday has always been Thanksgiving. Of course Christmas and Easter are right up there, but there is something extraordinary to love about a holiday where no gifts are exchanged and people are thankful for what they actually have. It is a beautiful and peaceful experience to have an entire day with family that you love (or some you love to watch and try to figure out) and do nothing but appreciate the moment, have a thankful spirit to God, watch a football game together, play games and of course eat really good food all day long. πŸ™‚ It is a family day. And if you aren’t close to family anymore, it is a great day to extend your family and firm up some good friendships. The spirit of the day is appreciation and generosity and time. The best of the day is being in the moment. It is magical to not think or worry or contemplate anything but that day of thanks with friends and family. We have a myriad of distractions around us all the time, many of which are less than worthy of our thought. Thanksgiving is simplicity and peace amidst this chaos. It is taking time out of distractions to focus on all the blessings God has given and spend time with some of them. Of course it is also historical, in that we are honoring our spirit and endurance of our forefathers who survived here with help from our Indian brothers so we could enjoy freedom today. So there is also that grandiose tradition of America that we continue to celebrate and honor. And what better way to honor our distant past perseverance and neighbor’s generosity than to eat like there’s no tomorrow. πŸ™‚ When I lived and grew up in Michigan, I had family on my mom’s side of the family and my dad’s side of the family, so we were blessed with two celebrations. And quite often, we had snow and were quite cosy together in the house. And my family can seriously cook! Now that I am far from my family, I miss that so much but have realized something. The spirit of appreciation is the same, though there is only my tiny family eating together and spending time together. We can still enjoy the moment and appreciate God’s blessing. And quieter is more peaceful. πŸ™‚ I hope you have a beautiful Thanksgiving Day with tasty delights and meaningful moments free of distraction. I am thankful for you.