Happy Thanksgiving!

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This afternoon (Thanksgiving eve), my heart grew eagerly giddy as I anticipated the arrival of my soon-to-be-sister, Joy, who came to stay at my cozy home for the Thanksgiving festivities. From the card I received in the mail from my sweet mama to the leaves on my tree of gratitude, I found myself surrounded by visuals of my blessings…so much love, so much care, so much to be grateful for. In the midst of my pondering and basking in my blessings, my timer went off, reminding me that the homemade sea salt chocolate chunk cookies I had baked in preparation for Joy’s arrival were ready!

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This Thanksgiving eve was a truly wonderful one. In my own home, I was able to blend old traditions with new ones, and the most special part was who I was sharing these special memories with. Joy and I enjoyed a lovely tea time, and then the boys arrived (my fiance, Nathan, and his older brother, Joel). Sweet Nathan ordered scrumptious pizza and bread-sticks for us to enjoy, since tomorrow will be filled with cooking up a storm! Our evening was complete with full tummies, happy hearts, warm conversation, and we watched “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”, which is a Thanksgiving tradition in my family.
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With Thanksgiving day coming, as I am hosting about 15 people in my little apartment home this year, I have so very much to be thankful for and I couldn’t even begin to list it all out. But I can say what I am specifically thankful for tonight…which is…

Traditions
Memories
Old family
New family
Love
Fellowship
Laughter
Music
Movies
Fresh baked cookies
Cheesy pizza
A hot cup of tea
A friend and sister to chat with
A silly chihuahua by my side
A place to call home
And a God who loves me more than I’ll ever deserve.

The reason I say I can only point out what I’m grateful for today is that this shouldn’t happen once a year. Every day, each 24 hours, is a chance for us to focus on the blessings that encompass our lives, big and small.

What are you grateful for on this special day?
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