thanksgiving at our house

11.30.10

ahhhh…thanksgiving.  so glad for that day.  sometimes I get lost in the everyday.  I forget that there are lessons to be learned, that there IS a plan, and that things will work out.  do I sometimes wish I had more, better, different…yes.  who doesn’t?  but why?  i have a wonderful husband, two happy, healthy children and parents, a brother, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends in town and in my life on a daily basis and a job i love.  we hosted 19 people this year.  we always have a lot of people at holiday meals since, as i said, most of my family is in town.  thank you to each one of you for celebrating with us.

i read this poem on another photographers site.  when I was doing my own web search, i came upon it and decided it was fate.  i should post it too because what are the odds of finding the same random poem out here in cyberspace.  it’s a good one. this poem reminded me to remember all of that and I hope it will do the same for you.

Be thankful that you don’t already have
everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be
to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations,
Because they give you opportunities for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge,
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes,
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
Because it means you’ve made an effort.

It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those
who are also thankful for the setbacks.

Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.

Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they will become your blessings.

WARNING:  POINT AND SHOOT IMAGES AHEAD!

i am thankful that I may not have matching chairs for everyone, but i have so many people whom i love to fill them.

i am thankful that, while this is NOT the most flattering picture of josh and me, I get to share my life with him (and have lots of other photo opps!).

i am thankful my mother-in-law moved to town last year.  this is our fourth 19+ lb. turkey we’ve made together.  we’ve got it down to a science.  it’s SO easy and so delish.  contact me if you want the yummy recipe.

i am thankful for the other men in my life; my dad and my brother.  always there for me.

i’m thankful that my mom has such a big heart and would do anything for anyone.  i can always count on her.

thankful, blessed and honored to have such amazing kiddos.