I’m not proud to admit that all too often I have to remind myself how blessed the hubs and I are to have this super-sized, filled-to-the-rim, overflowing good, whinny-pants life we live with our three girls. 😉 A lot of days it’s exhausting, messy and awesome. All at the same time!
I LOVE it and wouldn’t want it any other way.
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As we make plans for our Thanksgiving break, I can’t help but ponder the many blessings and challenges our family has experienced this year.
I am thankful for all of them. Good. And, bad.
I’m so grateful for our faith in God, good health, 3 cherubs, and all the fun family adventures we’ve shared together! Thankful for our warm home, cool pool, good neighbors and for growing in ways I never knew possible before starting this blog.;)
And, I’m especially thankful for our family’s traditions, both new and old.
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From our tastiest traditions like my grandfather’s famous sausage & oyster dressing to grandma’s homemade pies and mom’s perfect turkey with cranberry salad, Hmmm! it’s all so delicious. But, the very best part of Thanksgiving is when we go around the table and share all we are thankful for.
Crying. Laughing. Lingering for hours. This is our Thanksgiving tradition I hold closest to my heart.
Yet, our newest tradition is from our oldest daughter who came up with the idea just weeks after we’d moved into our house last Halloween. AK1 and I been out and about shopping before Thanksgiving when she said we could start writing down what we’re most thankful for, “Not just say it. Thanksgiving love notes and hang them on a tree. Keep our gratitude in plain sight.”
Don’t kids say the darnedest things sometimes?
So we did just that! Started a new tradition with simple strips of paper and a pen in hand, an accordion fold and a little raffia. We show our big thanks on tiny twigs in a planter.
It’s a wonderful reminder, especially on our most hurried days, to slow down and stay focused on the important things in life. Remembering to Give Thanks, not just the holiday.
It’s a simple tradition, as uncomplicated as they come and that’s what I love most about it.
It’s simply good like grandma’s pie crust and a walk after dinner.;)
Wishing Thanksgiving traditions that bring much joy and gratitude to you and those you love, my friends! And, please be sure to visit the amazing group of bloggers on the Thankful at Home tour with me.
I know you’ll be thankful 😉 you did.