Post Holiday Gratitude

Having a sane, enjoyable, casual holiday gathering with family that love you and accept you exactly as you are is awesome. I am so grateful.

I am so thankful for the connections I have made with people blogging and people reading. It’s been so wonderful connecting and learning from you. And I love that you guys are all over the place–in some of the most beautiful places in the world.

Christmas is coming. I want to enjoy every minute of it. I confess. I love Christmas. I love the way it makes me feel. I love what we are celebrating. I try to stay clear of the commercial trappings in my heart. But I like gifts, and I love to give them. Always have. What can I say? And I love colorful lights flashing in my house and in my yard. It’s celebratory and fun for me. And I love getting out the manger scene. I put it in a different spot for first time in seven years today. I think it looks better in the new spot.

I give thanks for all of my family and friends everyday in some way.

A few of my favorite moments from Thanksgiving:

Morning snooze with daddy

Checking out the "doggie" at the back door

Sister and her honey hanging by the fire

A sunflower discovered

Cousins plopped on the grass together

A little heart to heart


Grunting along with grandpa

The opposing team

Two sweet monkies

Doggie love


Rockin' grin!

Table time with the cool uncle

He's losing his nose!

Cozy kitty

Dear Family:  Other favorite memories include sister’s yummy gluten-free pineapple stuffing (You and mom are the best! Thanks for the gluten-free fare.), getting in a little shopping with mom and sis just before the sales ended, playing badminton with the guys (Couldn’t have done that with my wrist a year ago. Awesome.), gathering around a warm fire outside while the temps dropped and the sun went down, getting my T.V. dose with a bunch of What Not to Wear episodes, watching Outsourced and laughing with you guys, seeing all of my guys fully absorbed in Star Trek, and witnessing my brother-in-law feeding my niece Thanksgiving dinner and my nephew pancakes and blueberries at IHOP with patience and love. Sweet memories. I love you guys! I have so much to be thankful for.