Friday, November 13, 2009

Giving Thanks

Do you all realize that it's less than two weeks now until Thanksgiving? (And I'm not even going to mention how close that makes Christmas!)

I love Thanksgiving more than any holiday. There's somethng about the cool weather, and all that delicious food, and the time spent with family (and the fact that gift-giving doesn't get in the way).

What's best about Thanksgiving, though, is the heart of what the holiday is all about.

It's right there in its title. It's not called Turkey Day, or Football with Family Day (although those would work pretty well with how we celebrate the day).

It's called Thanks. Giving.

We give thanks.

So, as we venture closer to the Thanksgiving celebrations, I thought I'd get into a thankful frame of mind here on my blog. I'm going to start today by posting some things that I'm thankful for, and then I'm going to continue doing so until we get to Thanksgiving.

Why don't you join me in thinking about the good stuff...the people and things you're blessed with...the things that we don't stop often enough to give thanks for...the big and the little things.

Here, then, are a few things I'm thankful for on this Friday:

~ I'm thankful for a five-year-old daughter who is learning to read and is absolutely loving it. It's so wonderful to see her eyes light up as she sounds out the words and reads books all by herself. Just last night she told me, "I love, love, love to read." It gave my heart a wonderful little jump.

~ I'm thankful for the promise of getting to see Delaney play softball tomorrow. I've been unable to watch her (because of the Alabama football games I've gone to), but I get to watch her all day tomorrow during the day. She's having an awesome Fall season and I can't wait to cheer her on!

~ I'm thankful for Chinese food. I craved it yesterday, and promptly went and bought me a takeout lunch. Yummm.

~ I'm thankful for friends. Friends from far away, and friends from just down the road.

~ I'm thankful for the beautiful days we've been having lately. A little 45 degree nip in the morning air; warm, sunny, and 70 degrees by mid-day.

~ I'm thankful for my family. I am blessed with wonderful daughters, wonderful parents, wonderful people all around me.

~ I'm thankful for another day to live and love and laugh and learn.

(I'm also thankful for You. And I pray that you have a fantastic Friday, and a blessed weekend. )


Daisy said...

I had a very nice day today with a girlfriend. Lunch and shopping.

Gin said...

I loved that last one your thankful for. Wonderful!

Edleen said...

Always Thankful for everything and everyday that comes :)

Happy Thankgiving Cheryl!

Cheryl Wray said...

Daisy--THAT's some good stuff to be thankful for!

Gin--I have a lot to be thankful for. :-)

Ed--Your attitude is wonderful too. Happy (early) Thanksgiving to you too!

hippo chick said...

Hi Cheryl,

A high school friend of mine suggested, on FaceBook, that we post something each day in November for which we are thankful. (See, I didn't want to end my sentence with the dreaded for.) Anyway, I've been doing that and it is such a blessing.

Thanks for giving thanks here.

~hippo hugs~

Jenster said...

Love your list of thankfuls! And I agree. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, too!

Stephenie said...

I'm thankful to have my family and to have the love of my friends and church family to get us through this tough time :]

Travis Erwin said...

I'm really looking forward to Thanksgiving this year as well. And you gotta be happy, the Tide looks tough.

Anonymous said...

Just wonderful.

I am really rady for Thanksgiving too. Its my favorite holiday as well. All that good food. {smile}

Just Me Again said...

I'm still in shock over Thanksgiving showing up so early this year! I feel like only yesterday it was New Year's eve! What happened with 2009? LOL.

I love your thankfulness list!