Today's the day! The day we get to think on all that we have to be thankful for. I have a lot to be thankful for, and I have my thankfulness notebook to prove it ----- the notebook I started at the beginning of this year ---- and I know there's a lot more I could add to it!
I'm thankful for such a smooth day yesterday that is allowing me a little play time on the computer this morning. We're having Thanksgiving at my house this year, and that's something I really enjoy. Almost as much as I enjoy not cooking when it's my sister's turn. ;>)
I was blessed to be able to get the house cleaned early yesterday - leaving time for me to do a good bit of cooking into the evening. I only have a few simple things left for this morning!
It also helped that my two little ones spent the night with my sister and her husband last night. I know they had fun!
In the midst of my thankfulness, there is a great sadness of knowing it's the first Thanksgiving that my mother will not be here. She was truly the queen of our family, and I am realizing that more and more. But, I had a dream - a really bad dream - on Tuesday night that showed me I need to be thankful for who is here and not be overwhelmed with sadness about who is not. We've been living a sort of "bad dream" that we're not going to wake up from. But thankfully, I did wake up from that terrible dream on Tuesday night, and everything was okay. I feel like God showed me that yes, we did lose a huge part of our family, but there could be more than one empty chair at our Thanksgiving meal this year. Last time I checked, there's no limit to how many family members can pass within a year. One of my husband's co-workers can vouch for that. Within a span of about a year's time, he lost his mom, then his dad, and a few months later, his wife. And he's my age or just a little older.
So, today I am extra, extra thankful for every person that will enter my house today - or wake up in my house today. Every day is truly a gift from a gracious God, and I don't want to take any day or any person in my life for granted!
So, so much to be thankful for!