November 30, 2013

november thanks...

These past Novembers haven't received many words from me... just six posts each!  I didn't want to let this November pass without at least one though... and in the middle of the dark night, the words began to come. I hope I can remember some of them...
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My first thankful Thanksgiving thought this year, as I was gathering up my morning doses,  was I'm thankful for medicines and doctors.  Yes, I am still sick... on the mend, but still not well {but let's save the details for another day!}  And my second, as she stumbled out to the living room bundled in a blanket, was that all of a sudden we were back to four.  It is good to be whole again, if just for a few days!  Even though our four weren't around one table for a meal on this day of thanks, the day was beautiful and special and full.

Eric headed out the door for work before first light, and three gathered on the couch for the Macy's parade. There were congo squares in the oven, high flying balloons and the Rockettes on the television...my favorite way to celebrate Thanksgiving morning!  I missed more of the parade than usual, but enjoyed a little more time in the kitchen with Eric as he stopped by to prepare some side dishes for the shift lunch at the substation.  Sweet potatoes and stuffing... and a special cup of gluten-free gravy just-for-him!  {Someone else made the turkey!} As we headed out to my Mom's for dinner, I took one last glimpse at the kitchen, piled high with mess, I hoped it would be a slow day for the police and that I might come home to clean...

The Ice Cream Man carved the turkey, but the day was less about the food and more about being together... and it was perfect.  The afternoon and evening were full of laughter and the people I love {and knowing Eric was having two dinners made him not being there okay!}  Games were played around the table, children squealed as they ran though and around the house, mothers and daughters spent time, and we celebrated a little birthday.  Seven.  Sweet seven!  Ice cream sundaes instead of pie.  Congo squares instead of brownies. And since we passed on veggies with the meal, it seemed we had plenty of room for dessert...


Though there was not conscious list, my heart was full of thanks... the kind of full that simply cannot decipher one moment from the next, the kind of full that just is.  For the day, the people, the love. And after two months of feeling crummy, it was just what this soul needed.

I hope your day was a lovely celebration of  love and thanks!
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5 comments:

Mom said...

nice to read the words again....I've missed them...I love you!

Southern Gal said...

I feel the same way as your mom. Good to read your words again. I hope you have momentum going into December. And this not feeling well stuff is making me sad. Still praying. Still waiting. Hugs.

Mindy Whipple said...

You have been missed Dawn - thank you for sharing your thankful heart. My prayers for you continue.

Kay said...

I have missed you so much! So sorry to hear you're still sick. That is no fun, especially at the holidays. I'm glad you made the most of every bit of the day tbough. And thank you for your husband's service and your whole family's sacrifice. Couldn't let that go by without my thanks and gratitude. Hugs and love and hoping you are feeling much much better before we celebrate *another* holiday. : )

Busy Bee Suz said...

Aside from Eric having to work, your day sounds perfect!! I'm praying that your 'on the mend' is you at 100%. I'm thankful for YOU!
XOXO