No blog would be complete without Thanksgiving list, now would it? On a larger scale, I am thankful for the same things that most people are: good physical and mental health, general happiness and the occasional paycheck, no matter the size. I am profoundly thankful for having stumbled upon, quite by accident (and somewhat kicking and screaming) the most magical, perfect man in the world for me; a man who has given me a very wonderful life and is the best Daddy I could have ever chosen for my sweet daughters.
But there are also many little things that I can list: just get out of my way and let me jump on the proverbial band-wagon and put my little list out there, too.
1. I am grateful to have a husband with a healthy culinary curiosity. I have not had turkey on actual Thanksgiving Day in years. Every holiday, we choose a theme and this year it is Cajun. We will be having gumbo, jerked pork (courtesy of Aunt Rachel and Unca Guck), coconut shrimp, crab hush puppies and anything else we can attach a Cajun accent to. We will buy a turkey when it is on sale this weekend.
2. My girls cannot wait to see their cousin ‘D’. Frankly, they don’t care what is being served for Thanksgiving dinner; they only care about who will be at the table. This is the way it really should be; I am proud that they feel this way.
3. I am ever so grateful to have all of my girls under my roof for the next four whole days. Firstborn already has her eye on colleges, so these days are numbered. I try not to think about that.
4. I am thankful that all three of my girls are in schools where their teachers are nurturing and supportive, and where they are given the tools and opportunities to thrive.
5. I am grateful to have so many sisters, all of them wonderful women in their individual ways. We do not always sit on the same side of the fence, but if any of us ever need any help or protecting, as our Dad says we “circle the wagons”.
6. I am thankful to my daughters’ Unca Guck and many other men and women for serving our country. Need I even say why?
7. I am grateful that there is no snow on the ground so that we can make any necessary last-minute grocery trips and our guests can make it to us.
8. I am grateful to have firewood stockpiled for the cold weather ahead, as well as the person who owned this house before us and though to put such a large woodstove in the basement. Please let it be a mild winter.
9. And thank you God, for letting us lowly humans figure out how to make Muscato wine. It will help keep me warm when the firewood does not.
10. I am glad that my garden produced enough this year so that I could freeze some to enjoy over this mild winter.
11. I cannot believe that I am writing this, but I am thankful to have finally caved in and joined Facebook. I have connected with friends I had thought I might never know again. I had no idea what I was missing.
Happy Thanksgiving Day to everyone. Whether you live in the U.S. or not, may you have much to be thankful for today.