Well, here it is late into the evening of the day after Thanksgiving and I am just getting to finish this post ... I guess better late then never (I think I should change the title of my blog to that!)
Yesterday was Thanksgiving, as I clicked along the blog sphere the past few days, I found many posts about all the wonderful things that people were thankful for -- this was so nice. I love blogging because it gives an outlet for sharing stories, complaining and helping others BUT for me it also provides a smile and hope that there are many wonderful people in this world. Although you may not bump into them in your every day life, it seems that they are there, and through technology we all are blessed with access to this wonderful network! So I would like to say thank you to everyone who shares, whether it be fun, silly, complaining, sad, kindness or just a glimpse into your life, I appreciate the bloggy world that we all share.
I feel that I have so much to be thankful for. I have a family, six (one we have not yet met) beautiful children who are kind and caring and bring me more pleasure than I could have ever imagined! Then there is my husband, a man that has stood by me and our family through everything. A man that I can truly say is the love of my life and my best friend.
And if we really want to talk about family ... I have so many wonderful people in my family and extended family -- it has grown and grown and although some of us rarely see each other, we are there for each other. I can not even begin to list the people and their special qualities that make them who they are and me so thankful that they are a part of my life.
Okay and now lets talk friends, I have so many wonderful friends (from way back and newly made) that bring so much joy to my life. There is always someone there to share a complaint or a dream. Again, more reasons to be thankful.
And last but not least there is the little (used lightly) things like my health, my families health, the fact that we have a roof over our heads, food on our table and all those other things that really are considered a luxury to some. I truly am thankful for all of this.
In years past my mother and I were up in the wee hours of the night headed off to shop until we dropped on Black Friday BUT today (and for the past few years) I have had a change of heart. I really am just not able to buy into the commercialism of the holidays and really want it to mean more to me and my family. I want my children to grow up thinking that the day after Thanksgiving (if you are lucky enough to have it off) is a time to spend with family and enjoy what you already have. I do NOT want them to think that it is a day to push and shove and frantically buy more 'stuff' just because it is on sale!
So, we decided that our Black Friday would be spent at home, and we would not buy anything!! And that is just what we did. We played outside and enjoyed the lovely t-shirt weather. We ate left overs and watched a movie. A lovely day!