I was a little overwhelmed running errands at the very beginning of the month when I was greeted with Christmas decorations overflowing the shelves of the stores and Christmas music wafting it's way throughout the mall.
Don't get me wrong, I ADORE Christmas just like the rest of the world, but where's the room for my "thankful month?" Can't it get a little more airtime in between the spooks of Halloween and the jolly glow of Christmas?
So I'm bedazzling my blog (indulge me by allowing me to call putting a new blog header on as "bedazzling" because really, I'm a very plain and simple girl) and letting thankfulness seep out of it until December 1st, because hey, I LOVE Thanksgiving.
I love the family gatherings and the smells and the food and the feelings of it all, but mostly I love to have a moment to contemplate blessings, to help my kids soak in what they're thankful for. Whether those blessings reflected upon are small or large, whether they are realized forcefully by a big event or by gradual increments, I love the feeling in my heart of being thankful.
Right now I can hear Dave hanging with Lucy outside my room (where I'm supposed to be preparing something for our Primary Leadership meeting tonight) and my heart is overflowing with love for them both...how their voices meld together and melt my heart. I hear my kids downstairs playing nicely (which I'm extra thankful for since it seems like they've been at each others' throats lately) and I don't know that I could be more thankful for my little family. For my husband who makes me laugh pretty much every day, even when I'm grumpy or super duper mad at him. I'm thankful for my life. For our country. For the gospel of Jesus Christ. For a loving Father in Heaven who I can speak to and reach to in times of trouble through prayer. I'm grateful for my parents. For their parents. For life lessons I learn every day.
Those are some of the big things....more on the little things later, because really, I've got a shower ready to be thankful for, and a Primary program to soak in, and my family to eat up. (Not really, but you know what I mean...)
Post edit note: I really do adore Christmas. And really, of course there's nothing wrong with Christmas decorations and music in November...maybe they make people even more thankful with that wonderful, peaceful feeling that they bring. I'm just saying...as for me and my blog, I'm gonna draw out Thanksgiving as long as I can!