Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. It is a time where we gather together as friends and family and reflect on the things we're grateful for.
This year we were blessed to have Kayla come to eat with us. Our family is small so we are always grateful when others are able to join us.
Speaking of blessings, I received this adorable punch art turkey card that was created by my downline Jodi. I love how she added sequins to make this cute turkey sparkle. You can read all about her card by clicking here to visit her blog The Stamping Owl.
Here is Derek's carving our turkey this year. It looked and smelt delicious but since I'm a vegetarian I didn't eat it! However, everyone who did eat it said it was great. I know he was happy with it since I caught him taking a photo of it after he proudly pulled it out of the oven.
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is that every year when everyone gathers, we write down things we are thankful for. It started many years ago when we began writing on a white table runner. We wrote for over ten years until there was no more room on the runner. Then about 5 years ago I changed to a scrapbook album.
Each year I create a simple 6 x 6 page and then have an area where you can put photos and a space for everyone to write their messages. Its a rule that everyone has to write something before they leave!!! I lay out the banner and scrapbook each year and we enjoy looking at all the things we've been grateful for over the past several years. Here's a close up of a couple of the memories recorded by my kids on the table runner.
This message on the bottom written by Kalani always makes us laugh! Looking at Jessica's memories above makes us thankful for seasons such as when she made new friendships or learned to drive. We are truly blessed and always have so much to be thankful for.
So notice anything familiar? I loved Jodi's turkey card so much that I repurposed it for my special Thanksgiving album. Now this special card from a special friend will be a part of our Thanksgiving memories for generations to come. Writing our words in an album allows us the opportunity to add photos from the year and there is lots more space for future words of gratitude in the years to come.
When I think of Thanksgiving this year I am especially thankful for my Dad. You see he has had some health challenges recently. He doesn't remember things like he used to. He sometimes forgets my name. He really can't carry on a conversation without struggling for the words to speak but despite these challenges he continues to teach me. He is ALWAYS positive. He ALWAYS trusts in God. He is ALWAYS happy. He is ALWAYS joyful and positive. Its hard to see him struggle. He can no longer write out his memories but this year we were able to carry on our tradition of playing dominoes to see who would be crowned the "Champion of Puerto Rico" and for that opportunity, I was truly grateful.
Although my Dad can't write messages he still lives with an attitude of gratitude and I am so blessed to have him as my Dad. I am also happy that when I do look at the past words written on our table runner I can see many words written by my Dad (whom we call Baba) such as these words from 2008..
I hope these memories and words shared by my Dad will help you to remember that although Thanksgiving Day has passed, every day we should live with gratitude and thankfulness and remember to thank God above all else, from whom ALL blessing flow. I'm feeling grateful today and hope you are too.