I love Thanksgiving, don't you?
It's the one day of the year that my entire family drops everything
and gathers together in one place -
one big, loud, raucous, ravenous, hugging group of people,
who love each other and accept each other as we are -
Yes, it is good to look into my mom's eyes
and see the love that has been there since the day I was born,
to feel her hug and eat her mashed potatoes!
Every year I am reminded of just how blessed I am
to still have my mom with me here on this earth.
It is such a joy to behold sons and daughters and grandchildren,
to see them growing up strong and true,
going out into the world to make their own place,
to become who they were created to be.
Is there anything in this world quite as lovely as the sound of a grandbaby's laugh?
..... the first steps of an almost-one-year-old?
..... the excited, magical joy of a three-year-old's birthday?
.... the happy chatter of cousins at the "kids" table,
as though they haven't been separated for months?
.... the softness of a mother's cheek?
..... the joyous shared hopes for newlyweds and new babies to come?
..... the satisfied faces of everyone as the table is cleared,
the last bite of apple pie is devoured,
and football becomes the topic of conversation in the living room?
I like the fact that our country has a day set aside each year
with the intention of encouraging all of us to "Be Thankful" -
I don't think we do that nearly often enough
in this crazy, roller-coaster world we live in today.
And I love that I have a Loving Father
Who is the Creator of all that I hold most dear!
And I am content knowing that
His LOVE is Undying & Eternal........
So today as I gather with my loved ones and remember how grateful I am for each and every one of these many blessings and more, my heart is also full with the blessing of wonderful friends and the gift of creativity - and I am thankful for each of you and the joy you bring to my life through your comments and inspiration and encouragement every day!
May you and your loved ones be blessed in every way!
Hugs & Blessings!