This week, my family and I went to our city’s Christmas tree lighting celebration. The city makes an event out of it by having a line-up of local entertainment, having a carnival alongside the tree, providing carriage rides, and having characters walking around to provide picture opportunities.
(Because every holiday celebration should include Ronald MacDonald!?!?!?)
This week I am thankful for…
* Christmas decorations
* Family traditions
* New friends
I hope that your week is full of memory-making opportunities, and lots and lots of lights!
Last night my husband pulled in from a very long day on the road (thanks to traffic in New York City), traveling to pick up my college daughter bringing her home for Thanksgiving. I can’t tell you what a feeling of completion it is to have her in our home again. The cheer that runs through my mind is that we are 6 again!
Today most of my family is going to attend the Yale-Harvard game – a big deal where we are. Football on a cool Fall day is a great way to start off the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving in our home this year will be really quiet. Over the past years, we have hosted 20+ people with several tables spread throughout our home. That has come with piles and piles of food, great conversation and lots of energy. That energy has become as much a part of the holiday as the decorations and place settings. But with a huge chunk of our friends moving away, we find ourselves starting over. This year, we will celebrate with two great friends.
We asked a lot of people to join us (we probably made 40 invites to various friends), but everyone is understandably committed to their friends and family. So maybe we’ll just open our front door and see who stumbles in!
As we look at a new landscape of seasonal celebrating, we find that we’re thankful for so much.
* My daughter is back home from college!!!!!!
* Our home is warm and lovely.
* All of us are healthy.
* We have a full refrigerator and the capacity to make amazing food.
* We have great friends spread throughout the country with whom we will be celebrating – even if long distance.
I pray that your Thanksgiving is energetic and peaceful at the same time, filled with family and friends, and a creator of amazing life-long memories. As you prepare for the festivities, keep you focus on gratitude and love. You are blessed!
As anticipated, this has been a fantastic and full week! It began with the visit from a long-time friend from Dallas who now resides in Seattle. Such a great time of reconnecting.
And then on Wednesday, a dear family that moved away recently came for a visit and brought our college daughter with them for a long weekend. I have been in a continuous state of smiling, whether from silly moments and fun adventures, or just from the full feeling of knowing that we’re all together again.
As a family, we went off on our own to create a dream day for our daughter. She wanted a day composed of all things fall. That included apple picking, pumpkin picking, going through a corn maze, and carving pumpkins.
I’ve already decided that at the end of this week, when everyone heads back to their places, I’m going to need my own sticker that says, “I survived watching everyone leave.”
This week I am thankful for:
* Friendships that feel like family
* Fall activities
* Carved pumpkins
* A family that really enjoys each other