Each morning I wake up grateful to be alive. My simple prayer to the universe is thank you. I find living with a grateful heart makes me happy, grounded and hopeful. It also helps when those energy vampires attack - we all have at least one of those people in our lives. But, I digress. This year I have a gratitude jar. I've filled it with colorful slips of paper with items that spark gratitude in me. I put notes in it from my niece and nephew. The card from the flowers one of my clients sent me just because they appreciate me.
This year is a quiet day of celebration. My parents have migrated South for the winter. Their pilgrimage two months earlier than in the past. My hubby is in the middle of his work week so he will be sleeping most of the day (he works nights) and joining us for dinner as usual. Youngest is the only child at home. Three for a special meal. We discussed over dinner a few weeks back what we would like to eat. Turkey was sent packing. The Thanksgiving I had for my parents before they left was enough turkey for my family. I'll miss the leftover meat for sandwiches but.... So the menu this year is
- Bacon wrapped pork loin
- roasted potatoes
- roasted, mashed butternut squash
- Creamy Brussels sprouts
- Sausage Dressing
- Maple Pecan Pie
- Pumpkin Pie
Oh, and my hubby and daughter said I could make a pie for myself as well. Mighty big of them I think we have plenty for three. And I'm thinking bacon, pork sandwiches will be great leftovers.
I am grateful my parents are healthy, can travel at will, have a great social network and friends to enjoy the holiday with. I am grateful for my mother and father-in-love. They are very supportive and kind. We have had some growing pains in the past but they seem to be behind us. I am grateful that my children are healthy and following their dreams. I am grateful for youngest's hugs and eyerolls. I am grateful for my loving, supportive hubby. He still rocks my world after all these years. I am grateful for amazing, crazy, creative, inspiring friends. I am grateful for my clients who make going to work enjoyable. I am grateful to have a job that pays me enough to live the life I want. I am grateful for my new business. I am grateful that I am in a position that I can help others with my time, prayers and donations. I am truly blessed and am so grateful for all the things in my life.