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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Giving thanks ~

I love Thanksgiving.  You get food, family, and fun…what’s there not to like?  {smile}

On Thanksgiving and during the month of November, we often take time to express our thanks to God for His many blessings.  And that is a good thing. 

However, it helps me to focus on giving thanks through out the year.  Earlier this year, I had a serious case of the grumpies.  It was then that I found out that focusing on my blessings would help cure those grumpies.  It really does work. 

This new year (seriously, is it almost 2011?)  I want to focus on giving thanks for the many blessings in my life.  But I don’t want to wait until 2011 to start, so I’m going to start today!

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  • My parent’s RV which is their summer, holiday get-a-way, and vacation home  {and they generously share it with us}

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  • My sweet Baby Boy who insists that the RV is actually a fire truck

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  • Sunshine Girl who thought climbing up the Magnolia tree would be fun and was a bit upset with me when I wouldn’t climb up to get her down but insisted that she wait until her daddy came back outside.

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  • A much happier Sunshine Girl who was not upset any more once she was closer to the ground.

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  • Sweet girls who let me spend the morning curling their hair even though the curls fell out before we got to Great Grandma’s house. 

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  • Sweet girls who like to climb trees with curls in their hair

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  • Boys who like to explore the many things in Great Grandma’s garage

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  • Black and white photos of loved ones tucked here and there in my Grandma’s house

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  • Boys who amaze me by how grown-up they are becoming.  One is almost as tall as me.  The other will be before I know it.  {sigh}

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  • Time spent watching football with my boys.  We (unfortunately) watched LSU lose.  And we were a house divided during the Saints/Cowboys game.  But all the same, it was fun as we hooted and hollered during the LSU game.

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  • Time spent with my family as we talked and laughed after Thanksgiving dinner.  There’s just something about everyone gathering on the front porch, isn’t there?

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  • A porch swing that rocks my children just like it rocked me as a child

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  • The first frost…ok, I don’t know if I’m thankful for that or not.  I’m not big on the cold weather!  {smile}

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  • Gathering around the fire at my Mom & Dad’s house

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  • The warmth of a fire

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  • The guys (including David and my Dad) who got up early to go hunting.  They didn’t get anything but they had a good time.  (And it was cold!)

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  • My wonderful husband who helped my Dad take care of a little maintenance around the house.  He is such a servant-hearted person.  Of course, my Dad is too.  They are two absolutely wonderful men!

  • I don’t have a picture of her but I am thankful for my Mom too.  She loves to cook for us.  We never leave hungry from her house.

I have so much for which to be thankful.  This year will be a year of focusing on my many blessings from God!

5 comments:

  1. Looks as if you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    I love the idea of intentionally focusing on your blessings for the coming year!

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  2. yes you do!

    I love this time of year too!!!!

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  3. It's so true! Whenever I'm feeling mad or picked on and decide to focus on the positive and what I have to be grateful for, my attitude gets turned right around! Great list!

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  4. So much to be thankful for! :-) Great pictures.
    Have a wonderful week!
    Blessings,
    Jill

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  5. Thanks you all for the comments. Thanksgiving is actually a rather tough emotional time for our family due to my brother's death. However, this year was just different because we all seemed to focus more on our blessings and the blessing of my sweet brother instead of our sadness. It truly filled my heart with unexplainable JOY! That's why I wrote the post...my heart was overflowing!

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