I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again now: I take the concept of Thanksgiving literally! It ain’t just about the stuffing for me.
Here’s what I’m thankful for this year…in alphabetical order.
Alex. My oldest child. My first baby. I’m thankful she was my first foray into motherhood.
Bryce. He was my only baby born without anesthesia. He was my first son. We got his name from a printout of Scottish baby names we found on the internet. He’s animated, serious, and strong like an ox. I love him so much.
Charlie. He gave us a scare recently. I’m so glad he’s better. Everyone says this about their beloved dog…but he’s so much more than a dog.
Dad. My dad is silent, sweet, and strong. He retired from medicine this month and I’m thankful he’s healthy and can enjoy the next chapter in his life.
Edna Mae. Marlboro Man’s grandmother is our last living grandparent, but we cherish her for her sense of humor, her support, and her love for family.
Faith. I don’t know why I have it, why I’ve always had it, why I’ve always leaned on it, why it is important to me. I just know I’m thankful for it. It’s everything.
GaGa. She’s been gone almost three years exactly, but her legacy of joy lives on. Whenever I think of her, tears well up in my eyes. For awhile I confused this with sadness, but I’ve finally figured out it’s her love just bubbling over. There was so much of it, it overflowed.
Herefords. They’re cute.
Ice cream. It’s gotten me through some really hard times. Ha.
Java. What can I say? There’ve been times in my life when I’ve stepped away from chocolate, from wine, from bread, and from sugar. But I’ve never, ever stepped away from coffee. It’s a legalized stimulant and it brings me joy.
Kanes. Hyacinth and I are best friends, of course, but our children are even better friends. And our in-laws were best friends. And their parents were best friends. And their parents were friends, too! Five generations of good times, understanding, and support (except that one time Marlboro Man’s great grandfather punched Hyacinth’s great grandfather-in-law; but they eventually made up)…that’s definitely something to be thankful for.
Ladd. We’ve been married nineteen years and it ain’t gettin’ old. He supports my cookbooks, cooking show, cookware, and any other hairbrained idea that I come up with…and he’d rather be home with the kids and me than anyplace else.
Mom. She’s a cheerleader, a breath of fresh air, and she loves her kids and grandkids more than anything.
Nan. I hit the jackpot in the mother-in-law department, and I give thanks for this daily.
Oklahoma. I can’t imagine living anywhere else. It’s my home!
Paige. Alex was my first, but Paige was my second…and because I knew what I was doing, I enjoyed her so much as a baby. She’s creative and involved, and I’m thankful I get to watch her evolve.
Quinoa. Especially when it’s stirred into warm butter, cream, and brown sugar. And cream. And butter. And brown sugar. And a little vanilla. With a splash of cream. I love healthy food!
Relatives. From my father-in-law Chuck to my sister-in-law Missy to my two aunts to my husband’s second cousins…I’m thankful we are surrounded by loved ones that would drop everything if we needed them.
Sister. I can’t imagine life without Bets. She’s a friend, a compass, a touchstone.
Todd. I didn’t mean to have him. OOPS! But UGH UGH UGH, I can’t imagine not having had him. He’s perfect. No, really…he is!
United States. We’ve got our issues, but boy, do we have our strengths.
Vodka. Just kidding. Velveeta. Just kidding again. I think. Vanilla Beans! Yep. I use ’em enough, I should be thankful for their existence. But I like Velveeta, too. And I like Vodka, too. Oh, and Vanilla Vodka isn’t bad. I’ll stop now.
WALTER. You live in Charlie’s shadow, but you know we love you, you big pookie-head.
Xylophones. I like the way they sound. (It was either this or X-rays.)
You. Whether you’ve been here from the beginning of my blog (almost ten years ago!) I love and appreciate you.
Zucchini Noodles. They’re sweeping the nation!
Feel free to shout out something you’re particularly thankful for this year!
Lots and lots of love,