I’m one of those anti-Christmas until after Thanksgiving people. I refuse to decorate, or anything until I’ve fully enjoyed Thanksgiving. Don’t hate me! I just really believe in enjoying every day and every holiday as best as I can, and not wishing my life away to some future point. I believe in not only the spirit of giving (Christmas), but very much the spirit of gratitude (Thanksgiving). It’s healthy for the soul, and makes for a happier person. I believe it reflects a special level of spiritual maturity.
Thanksgiving at my parent’s house has been a family tradition since I can remember. In addition to helping my pops cook in the kitchen, my other favorite part of the day is when we gather as family, reflect on our past year, and think of our blessings and share our gratitude for God’s hand in our lives. Back to the food though- my dad makes some of the best food I’ve ever eaten in my life, ESPECIALLY THANKSGIVING FOOD, no exaggerations, he used to be a chef.
So, we leave town to Seattle today to spend time with family and I’m happy about that. I figured I would share with you, some of the blessings that are most prominent in my mind at this time before we take off.
I’m grateful for…
- Piles of dishes and laundry to tackle, because that means clothes worn and fully fed tummies
- A warm, comfortable home, sweat pants and fuzzy socks, especially on these veryyyyy cold nights
- Being an educated woman with a great degree that allows me to serve God and humanity, even though some days I honestly feel like I hate it
- The best husband ever. God sure helped me out with him, because I literally could not have handpicked a better man, husband and father to our children
- The most amazing in-laws in the world, who raised my wonderful husband, and stuck with the rat during his nasty teenage years (THANK YOU CAL & DENISE!). I’m also thankful that they are another set of parents to me that love and support me so much
- Our sweet, healthy baby boy, and to feel like somehow I already know him and what he’ll be like
- The phase of life we are in- coming up on two years of marriage, expecting our first child, completing our undergraduate degrees, and moving out of state, back to Washington. It’s challenging to hit so many transitions all at once, but I know this is where we are supposed to be
- Our safety, day in and day out
- Our overall good health
- Laying next to my husband at night (this is particularly special since I worked the night shift this semester), looking at him, hearing his heart beat and feeling very much in love. It doesn’t have to fade. I don’t care what anyone says
- Our friends that know us, love us and support us (AND THAT MY BEST FRIEND GOT INTO THE UW-MED SCHOOL! CONGRATS LAUREN!)
- To be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- My rock of a mother. As a kid I never appreciated her half as much as I should have, but I realize I am her junior in so many ways (yes, even the things I groaned about as a kid), and I unknowingly have followed in her footsteps. I hope to be a fraction of the woman she is one day
- Lastly, I’m grateful to know that no matter what, God loves me, hears me and blesses me daily, even if it doesn’t always feel like it
Happy Thanksgiving friends! I hope your heart is full as you reflect on how blessed you really are.