I hope you all had a marvelous day yesterday – we did. We drove 2 1/2 hours to visit our grandmother and uncle (the traffic was horrendous). She didn’t have the energy to go out and her place was too small to cook a turkey dinner, so we brought in Chinese take-out. It was from an amazing buffet with 101 different choices – they even had turkey, mashed potatoes, etc for Thanksgiving! We got a great deal and ended up taking away eleven of the large take-out containers. Everyone had their fill and more, and enjoyed eggnog, Martinelli’s, and pumpkin pie as well. Since I had just gone down to my grandmother’s less than 2 weeks ago (as my previous entries mention) I was able to show the rest of the family my work on the photo albums.

But finally we had to head home – about 2 more hours of driving and driving… our dogs had been tied up for nearly 12 hours (sadly!!) and… it ended up that the last person out (we will not name names) didn’t close the door all the way. It was wide open – to the vast enjoyment of one of our dogs – and our house was about the same temperature as the outside.

We lit both stoves in our house, though, and got it heated up in a jiffy! =) all in all it was a great Thanksgiving. My dad was simply bowled away by the Chinese buffet and wants to make it a tradition! If only it wasn’t so far away!

But let’s not forget the real meaning for the eating (he he, instead of reason for the season, get it? Just doesn’t rhyme as well…).  I know it gets rather cliche and mundane – “A starving child in China would love to eat those leftovers!” but it is good to remember, wherever we are, that God has blessed us tremendously. So here’s some good quotes for the season – things that we should remember all year round:

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought,
and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
Gilbert Keith Chesterton

You cannot do a kindness too soon
because you never know how soon it will be too late.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

I think I learned
to appreciate and treasure each day,
because you don’t know
how many you’re going to be given.
US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor

If you haven’t all the things you want,
be grateful for the things you don’t have
that you wouldn’t want.

Unknown

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant,
to enact gratitude is generous and noble,
but to live gratitude is to touch Heaven.
Johannes A. Gaertner

Blessed are those that can give without remembering
and receive without forgetting.
Author Unknown

Truly appreciate those around you,
and you’ll soon find many others around you.
Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it.
Ralph Marston

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.
Ralph H. Blum

One more:

“I like to walk alone on country paths,
rice plants and wild grasses on both sides,
putting each foot down on the earth
in mindfulness, knowing
that I walk on the wondrous earth.
In such moments, existence is a miraculous
and mysterious reality.

“People usually consider walking on water
or in thin air a miracle.
But I think the real miracle
is not to walk either on water or in thin air,
but to walk on earth.

Every day we are engaged in a miracle
which we don’t even recognize:
a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves,
the black, curious eyes of a child–
our own two eyes.
All is a miracle.”
Thich Nhat Hanh, “Miracle of Mindfulness”

Do you have any to add? What about Bible verses about Thankfulness? Put ’em down below – and enjoy the Christmas music on the radio!

Sarah

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