Last week was very busy around here. I delivered over 20 dozen cinnamon rolls. I turned 39–for the first time:). We had Thanksgiving dinner with my parents and sister’s family, decorated our tree, and Jonathan and I both worked. Whew! After we both got home Sunday night, we looked at each other and asked if we’d actually had a Thanksgiving holiday. We had, and it had been good.
Inspired by Ann a couple of years ago, we have a Thanksgiving tradition. We keep a blessing box close at hand. Ours sits in the living room on a table with candles and a plant. When we are thankful we write on piece of paper what we’re thankful for and then put it in the box. Thanksgiving morning, while we ate cinnamon rolls, I opened the box and read the papers.
They were very simple and sweet. I noticed my daughter had been sitting around for a couple of days quizzing her siblings about what they’re thankful for and writing down their answers. Things like trees to climb, my great-grandmother, and the cross were not surprising Toilet paper and a toilet were, but after reading Ann’s posts from her trip to Guatemala, very simple things truly are to be appreciated with new eyes.
Here’s my list:
- Getting to spend a few short moments with old friends who bought cinnamon rolls
- Farm fresh pecans
- receiving at least 7 birthday cards from my four-year old son
- a daughter stretched in faith praying for the healing of another child
- being reminded with that daughter that God numbers our days, and sometimes His choice is an Ultimate Healing, rather than a temporary earthly one
- picture shoots with eight kids
- My children’s blessings: toilets, running water, electricity, my soft cuddly green comforter, books, Granny (because not everyone has a great-grandmother),bees
- Decorating the tree between work days
- A note and gift in the mail with the words of comfort “We’ve been there.” The card that proclaimed “O Come All Ye Faithful” encouraged my lagging faith.
- A Thanksgiving morning family bike ride
- The last of the summer roses
I have some great pictures of the week, but I can’t get them to load. I’ll try later. Have a lovely, thank filled week!