We are all so thankful...
It's Thanksgiving Week, which means the wonderful onslaught of so many things. Turkey and Gan Gan's dressing. Sweet potato pie. Visiting with my uncle and cousins from Texas. Football and more football. Mashed potatoes. Birthday cake for Gary.
And basically being overwhelmingly grateful for all the wonderful blessings in my life. I have a wonderful family, and fantastic friends, and a healthy body, and a life filled with so many little things that make me smile each and every day.
Because I am so blessed, I really like to have the focus at Thanksgiving on all of those blessings. Amidst the food and the family and the football, I like to encourage me, and Gary, and the girls to think about all the things for which we should be thankful.
So, then, another thing that is an integral part of Thanksgiving Week at the Wrays is a little family tradition we have done since McKenna was just a toddler.
At the onset of the week of Thanksgiving, I set out strips of construction paper and pen and instruct everyone: "It's that time again! Come write down the things you're thankful for."
Throughout the week, I find people sitting at the dining room table writing little notes on the paper strips. Then they put them in a glass vase sitting there, and I'm overwhelmed by how many things touch the hearts of my husband and daughters...if only we stop and think about them.
By the time Thanksgiving Day arrives, the vase will be stuffed to the brim and overflowing with our blessings.
As we wake up on the morning of Thanksgiving, and before we head out to all of our family gatherings, we will read them out loud with another.
Yesterday I put first few strips into the vase and this is what they said...
"I am thankful that we have enough money to pay our bills each month, and have enough left over for ice cream and movies."
"I am thankful for God's grace."
"I am thankful for words and books."
"I am thankful for sports, and the joy they give me when I enjoy them with family and friends."
"I am thankful for my girls."
And since today is Tuesday (and I haven't had an official Random Tuesday post lately here on my blog), here are two questions to share in the comments section or to put on your own blog:
Do you have any special Thanksgiving traditions?
What are you thankful for today?