So I've been really down lately thanks to the awful things that have been going on in my life- like my garage being broken into and the numerous other things that have gone wrong this year.
But in honor of Thanksgiving and the other upcoming holidays I am trying to be positive for my family and my own well being.
Instead of concentrating on the things that have gone wrong and what I don't have, I am going to focus on the things that have gone right and what I do have and after sitting down and thinking about it- I have a lot to be thankful for.
For one, I have an awesome family.
I am thankful that I have a wonderful husband who works his butt off everyday going to a job that he sometimes likes and sometimes hates (its not his dream job), but he does it to take care of our family and for me so I can stay at home with our children and write- which is my dream job.
I am thankful that I have a mother who lives right next door to me and adores her grandchildren. And I'm still her little girl and she still tries to take care of me as much as possible, even if I don't think I need it.
I am thankful for my teenage son who just graduated from high school and started college this year. He's a good boy who stays out of trouble, works hard and goes to school every day. He turns 19 on Thanksgiving.
I am thankful for my beautiful daughter who gets straight A's in school, loves to read (like her mom) and is a budding artist. She is also a wonderful big sister who helps take care of her active and sometimes troublesome little brother everyday.
I am also thankful for my adorable little demon child who drives me crazy everyday but looks so damn cute while he's doing it I can't stay mad at him for too long.
Not everyone has such a wonderful family, some don't have families at all. So more than anything I am thankful for them.
And I am glad that it was just our garage that was broken into and not our home- because if it had been our home someone could have been hurt. So I am thankful no one in my family was hurt and that we have our health and we have each other.
To celebrate this year I am making plans on having the best Thanksgiving ever.
I will be making a big dinner with turkey, my homemade stuffing made from scratch, real mashed potatoes, yams, squash, green bean casserole, baked beans, cornbread muffins, sweet rolls and assorted pies and baked goods including a cake for my birthday boy.
I think I might make cute little table place cards with a special note for each family member that tells them why I am so thankful they are my family.
Oh and I can't forget the hand-turkeys.
Hand turkeys are a family tradition in my home. Everyone makes them- adults and kids too.
I especially love the ones my kids make because every year their little hands get bigger and it's a recording of their lives and how they grow. It's a little sad to see the little hands get bigger and bigger every year but I love having the sweet memories of when they were so small.
After hand turkeys and dinner we'll sit around looking at Black Friday ads while watching a Christmas movie. This is our official way to kick off the holiday season, another family tradition.
Do you have any Thanksgiving traditions?
How do you celebrate Thanksgiving and what do have to be most thankful for this year?
I would love to hear heartfelt comments to cheer me up and make me feel all sappy.
This is the only time of year when I enjoy being emotional and sappy. It just fits.
Disclaimer: This post is an entry for the “Plan it, Blog it! 2010 Thanksgiving Blog Writing Contest” sponsored by www.uprinting.com