Saturday, November 20, 2010
This thanksgiving I have so very much to be thankful for. I am writing this a few days early because for the next few weeks my life will be pretty much insane. At this moment I am surrounded on every side by walls of boxes and there is still so much more to pack.
On Monday I will not only be packing the final boxes but packing our suitcases as well in preparation for our trip to Florida to celebrate Thanksgiving with my parents and my sister's family. It will be a much needed rest. We will be forced to get away from the new house and the thousands of responsibilities we feel while we are at home.
I still have so much more to do but this past week I made myself stop and use a cookie press I haven't touched since it was given to me. I was trying to decide whether it went in the "giveaway pile" (something I do every time we move and it still seems like we have way too many things!). The boys and I plopped out cookie sheets full of sugar cookies and that was a moment I won't forget, unlike so many other moments which so often take priority.
This evening I watched my son ride his bike with no training wheels for the first time. I stood on the road in front of our new house surrounded by the last fallen leaves of the season in the cool twilight and cheered him on. It was overwhelming. Everything I have imagined in having a house of our own, being snuggly tucked into a neighborhood.
These are the blessings I will be reflecting on as I gather with my family around turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and cherry pie.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!