I’m overwhelmed with gratitude recently. Maybe it’s been sparked by all the thankful posts floating around blogland recently… 🙂 or maybe it’s the fact that the holidays this year mark a whole slew of “firsts” for us as a newly married couple. Either way, I really am feeling a deep sense of joy as I daily realize just how many blessings there are in life – from the little things like how the yellow sunshine glints on early-morning blue snow…to the big things, like having a loving, committed man as my best friend and life companion.
So, on this chilly Tuesday night, I’m sifting through some happy although perhaps grainy phone pictures – it’s time for some thankful thoughts and reflection!
These last 5 days were a gift in themselves, since it was our Thanksgiving break off from school! There sure was a buzz of excitement in the hallways that two-day school week, and the kiddos in my small groups weren’t as focused as usual. Everyone was looking forward to break. I think the elementary and middle school staff needed it as much as the kids did! 😉
We filled our time off with:
mugs of hot chocolate, the Reddi-Whip foaming obscenely high,
hours standing in the kitchen, mashing potatoes for the big meal, splashing each other with sudsy water,
a lazy afternoon or two, wrapped up in blankets with a movie on,
game nights and fireplace lounges and laughs with family,
Cracker Barrel peg games and sweet tea with Bjorn’s sis,
last-minute grocery store runs in -8 degree weather (thank goodness for small-town grocery stores that are still open on Thanksgiving in the morning!),
After finding that perfect tree with my side of the family…Bjorn and I bought an artificial one from Home Depot 😉 Someday, we’ll continue the tradition of cutting a tree, but for now, this beautiful, cozy scene (complete with pine-scented ornaments) will do just fine! 🙂
There were so many things – big and little – to be grateful for over this long weekend. And it was all so special with my husband at my side. 🙂 How was your Thanksgiving break?? What special traditions and excursions do you enjoy during this season?
By the way, there is still a $225 CHRISTMAS CASH GIVEAWAY going on!!!