However, you can never have too many days set aside to be thankful! Therefore, I want to share a few things for which I am thankful and I invite you to do the same, wherever it is you may be spending this day.
We always have a small lighted tree near the kitchen as well. This year I have it set up next to my handy-dandy Kitchenaid mixer (in a lovely Christmas red of course!) that I received last Christmas and I still use on a weekly basis.
Our final tree is the one pictured next to the fireplace. This little tree is the very first one that Kirk and I had when we got married. We have displayed it every year for over 15 years now and all the lights still work...wow! This tree is also special in that it carries on a tradition from my childhood: Every year, my parents gave my brother and I special ornaments that we added to our family tree. They usually had some significance for that particular year. The tradition continues as my parents give us ornaments or Christmas displays significant to our family and this is the tree that displays those special ornaments. It's wonderful that and we are already getting to enjoy the beauty of our trees, lights and garland each night around the fireplace.
Speaking of the fireplace...I am very thankful for it as well because it sure feels like Winter up here now! In fact, we are experiencing a light snow fall this very morning. I am thankful for the snow, for our warm home and a loving family with which to cuddle around that fireplace watching Christmas movies together. I am incredibly thankful for the man with whom I share my life and the 2 precious boys he is raising with me. I couldn't do it without him and I am so blessed to be on this life journey with him!
|Christmas Vacation...best movie ever!!!|
(the TV edit that is! Haha)
We'll call our family in Florida today to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving. My parents are spending the day at a couple different places and seeing a good portion of their family today and I know they are thankful they can do that. I am thankful for my Dad who celebrated a birthday just 2 days ago. You've heard me say it before and I'll say it again...I am so grateful that I was blessed with a father who clearly modeled Christ's love to his family. Not only was I blessed to be born into a loving family; I was also blessed to be married into a loving family as well. I am very thankful for the relationships I have with my mother and father-in-law and all Kirk's siblings and their families. God is SO GOOD!
What better day than Thanksgiving to make a pie! Yep, that's what's chilling in the fridge right now...a Banana Pudding Pie made with my Easy Peasy Pie Crust!
I made a big batch of Gluten-free chicken noodle soup last night (Kaleb's favorite!) so that may be what we have again for dinner on this chilly day. It may not be turkey, but at least we'll have a special dessert and we'll be thankful for it all! But especially, I will be thankful for time spent together, today and every day we are given. I pray that we don't take each other for granted.
|Banana Pudding Pie ready for toppings of our choice!|
Treat yourself well,
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving? Do you spend it with family or friends? Both?
Growing up we spent Thanksgiving with Dad's family mostly. We had all our aunts, uncles and cousins and we ate till we were sick and always made turkey sandwiches later in the day. We now spend Canadian Thanksgiving with Kirk's family and we always say what we're thankful for.
Do you celebrate holidays from other countries due to dual citizenship or having resided in several different places?
It's fun to have the option of celebrating several times each year. Our pastor and his wife have grown children that reside in the UK, but when younger they lived in Canada and they still celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving to this day with friends where they live.