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Having a bad day? Feeling blue? Things not working out the way you'd hoped today? Allow me to help:
The only real question is now... is, how many times did you hit replay?
(Thankful to my daughter Jessica for linking me to this today!)
When you have seven kids (3 grown, 1 with a husband and 2 with fiance's), work schedules, school schedules, weather and all sorts of other things tend to get in the way of family holidays and seeing all your kids in one place at one time.
Even though we're in Canada, we're a mixed American-Canadian family and we still celebrate American Thanksgiving. It's also Kevin and Nick (daughter #2's fiance) birthdays, so we have 3 reasons to celebrate, if we can pull off a Saturday that no one has to work an everything else falls into place for our entire tribe to gather. Today was our Thanksgiving dinner and it was so good to see all my kids, grandkids, inlaws, outlaws and others, at the table at the same time.
I'm very thankful for that. :-)
I am incredibly blessed, and I know it.
While back in the 1950's it was commonplace for the wife to be at home during the day while the husband worked, the 1950's gave way to all sorts of revolutions, movements, social paradigm shifts and all sorts of other cultural upheavals. Some would say these things were for the best, while others would say they only contributed to the breakdown of families, and society in general. Either way you look at it, our culture is certainly very different than the way it was in Anytown, USA in the 1950's. Gone is the era of June Cleaver, for good.
Not unlike many my age, I grew up in a one parent home. Mom worked because she had kids to feed and a mortgage to pay, and that's just the way it was. It was partly because mom had to work that I think I never really wanted to. I didn't want to grow up and get up at 5:30 am and be away from home all day, then come home and make dinner, do laundry, clean the house and tuck my kids into bed. Nope, I wanted to be home making my house a home, and bake cookies and greet the kids at the door when they came home from school. I know, it all sounds horrible, doesn't it? I think every time a conservative, family woman says that, a liberal career woman somewhere breaks a heel on her office shoe. That's just a rumor, I can't prove that it's true.
In any event, I am incredibly blessed to be able to live the life that I always wanted to. No, I don't dress like June Cleaver (my t-shirts are cooler than her dresses anyway), and no, there aren't always cookies and milk at the end of the day (sometimes it's rice cakes or brownies), but I am at home where I want to be while hubby works all day and it works out quite well for everyone. Of course it does mean that we don't have all the latest tech-toys that a two-income family has, but we're all okay with that too. Kevin's job is as secure as any job could be and it affords us the opportunity of me being a stay at home mom.
Today (and every day), I am most certainly thankful for that.
Today I am very thankful to four awesome people who shared recipes with me. I know that might not sound like much to be thankful for, but when you're a mom with "what to make" burnout (and we all get it from time to time, don't we?), they all came at the perfect time.
So today my hat is off to Mom, Rosemarie, James and Eddie. Now I can make yummy new stuff that my family will enjoy!
Oh... and one more thing:
While grocery shopping today, the store had Christmas music playing. Not just any old Christmas music, but Bing Crosby Christmas music! I don't know what it is about that magical, marvellous sound that always makes me feel like I'm 8 years old and all is right with the world, but I sure love it. I'm definitely thankful for that today :-)
Yesterday we had our first snow. It was the big, fat snowglobe kind, where the flakes are so big, they look fake. It snowed hard, several times throughout the day, then it rained some, then we even had some hail. So much hail in fact, at one point the trampoline was entirely covered in a layer of it.
I am tremendously thankful however, that the ground is still too warm for the snow to stick, and for me to have to go out and shovel. Oh yes, NOT shovelling is something to be incredibly thankful for.
There will be plenty of that to come in the next 5 months.
I wasn't planning on adding a second Thanks today, but this warrants it. I am definitely thankful for friends like Dr. James White who do things like this. Having friends who appreciate and support what I do in the field of graphic design really means a lot to me. So thanks Doc, even though you're a mean old Calvinist, I'm thankful for the friendship and the bloggy goodness.
to sit around moaning and complaining about the miserable things in your life, Rebecca goes and starts her month of November Thanks once again. I had forgot she was going to do this, and today was one of those days where if it can go wrong, it did, in spades. So, in light of the way things went today (I'll spare you the details because that's not what this is about) I was really glad to read Rebecca's post.
So today begins an entire month of thanks. I've followed along with this theme in years past and find it quite encouraging to focus on thankfulness each day for an entire month. You might find it boring to read happy, thankful, grateful posts every day so feel free to skip off to something more controversial or exciting.
So what am I thankful for today? Well, the first thing that comes to mind is this. I know that might sound strange, but it's true. Every time one of these binders sell, it makes me feel happy that I was able to create something for someone's home, that they will use and enjoy for years to come. Knowing that they customized it with their own family name, and that it will be filled with family favorite recipes that makes everyone smile when they smell it cooking or baking... well, that surely makes me happy. In a small way, I get to feel like I'm teeny tiny little part of the families that buy these, and that's a pretty awesome feeling.
The very idea that I have the tools to be able to design things like this that other folks use and appreciate, well that makes me thankful. So my thankful today is that I can do what I do and in doing that, it makes other people happy. I like being a part of happy. :-)