adjective: pleased and relieved; expressing gratitude and relief

When my children were young Thanksgiving was more about time off from school. A change of pace. They would sleep in, snuggled in their warm beds on cold autumn mornings. Maybe we would catch a movie early in the week or have a friend over. The actual Thanksgiving Day was full of traditional food and t.v. The NYC Parade before the meal and football after. Then we’d have our first fire in the fireplace. The next morning I was up early playing Christmas music and decorating. They would wake late and begin Christmas Wish Lists and eww and ahh over decorations.

Not everything has changed. We had traditional food and t.v. The NYC Parade and football were still on. But the children were no longer nestled in their beds. They are at work and college. They are busy with lives of their own. Now Thanksgiving is more about coming home. Taking time away from all our busy schedules to sit down and feast with family. Like we used to do everyday. Something so simple that we all thought would never end has indeed ended. How nice to remember. To reminisce. To share a meal, to enjoy a few more people added to our family, to our table.

We shared stories and great food. We hugged and laughed. We all have so much to be thankful for. Prayers have been answered. Everyone is moving forward. Life is good. I have such a grateful heart and I kind of like that about myself.

“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.”
Thomas Goodwin

“Rest and be thankful.”
William Wordsworth

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