If you’re a facebook user, then you’ve no doubt seen the countless daily posts that began November first and will end November thirtieth. These are the “30 days of Thanks” posts. I’ve been a facebook user since 2009, but this is the first year I have participated in this “tradition”. It’s not that I had nothing to be thankful for in the past, but rather this year I am feeling especially thankful, and therefore have joined the throng.
2012 has been a year of great change for me. It has also been a year of great blessings. As you may know, I had some health issues for the first 5 months, also within that time, I took over the care of my 80-year old aunt who has Alzheimer’s, and moved her down to the city where I live. In the 5 months since then, I’ve spent more time with my aunt than I would have been able to do had her caregiver not quit and had I not moved her here. So I am thankful for warm sunny days spent in the gazebo sitting on the swing with her and talking and laughing and sharing our lives on a regular basis. I am thankful for tight hugs and a regular “argument” of who loves who more. I am thankful for Saturday afternoons eating Sundaes at the local Dairy Queen. And I am thankful for afternoon BINGO games that I have had an occasion to join in and play beside my aunt.
In other areas of my life, I am thankful for an incredible husband who is warm, loving, caring, generous, and who makes me laugh, dries my tears, and would give me the sun, moon, and stars if I asked for them.
I am thankful for my family, my friends, my church, and the preteens in my Sunday school class. I am thankful for the innocent giggles and smiles of my nephews, Isaiah and Brenden. I am thankful for my creativity and the success I’ve had as a writer.
The above are all huge blessings in my life and greatly worthy of mention. But in my facebook posts, I am thankful for the little blessings, too–they all add up and make my life so much better.
I am thankful for the remote starter in my car as I now get into a frost-free and warm car in the mornings. I am thankful for warm, cozy blankets, hot chocolate (in many yummy flavors), snow angels, and gentle rain showers. I am thankful for vacations with the bubbly hubby, walks on the beach, picnics in the park, and peanut butter sandwiches. I’m thankful for ice cold milk, hot showers, twinkly Christmas tree lights, and Oreos. I am thankful for penguins.
It seems so easy to think about what we all have to be thankful for on Thanksgiving, but I have found it is a very good thing indeed to take time–say, 30-days–to ponder who and what we have in our lives to give thanks for. It’s not just the big things that count, that matter, but also the little things and the things we often take for granted. What are you thankful for? Could you fill up a month of days in giving thanks? I’ll bet you could!
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving whatever you plan on doing to celebrate. I hope your holiday season is blessed in more ways than you ever thought possible, too.
Until next time, take care and enjoy!