I awoke this morning much earlier than I intended to. With our family not arriving for the Thanksgiving festivities until much later in the day, I had planned to sleep in (as long as my kids stayed in bed). When my husband’s alarm clock went off this morning, we both were already awake. Thanksgiving Day makes most of us reflect on what we are thankful for, and my early rising today gave me a head start.
When my family has hosted the Thanksgiving festivities, we ask our guests to write down what they are thankful for on a slip of paper. We then each draw out a slip of paper and read each others words of thanks. Family always is at the top of everyone’s list, including my own. Family, to me, is more than those who are related to me by blood. It is those special people who have graced my life with their presence, and make me a better person. So many of us are lucky to have been born into a loving, caring, amazing family that is with them through thick and thin. Others don’t have that connection. Whether you were given a family at birth, or created your own, we need to nurture those family relationships to grow them into the ones we cherish most.
Today, and every day, I want to give thanks to my family. My husband, kids, parents, in-laws, siblings, the crazy crew of extended family that is going to show up at my door later today, dear friends, and my work family. You all fill my cup with blessings each and every day, and I am thankful to have you in my life.