Wednesday, November 21, 2007

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! gobble gobble

I'm going to my inlaws for Thanksgiving tomorrow which means I do not have to cook! For real. Every time we've been invited to my inlaws for dinner, I've asked, "What can I bring?" My mother law, for years, answered with, "Green bean casserole. You do such a good job with it!" Yes folks, apparently I'm a whiz at opening cans of green beans and cream of mushroom soup. I didn't even go to culinary school for that! Impressive, huh?

So for years, I was the official "green bean casserole" lady. Then, a couple years ago I was demoted. I didn't think there was anything below green bean casserole, but I was wrong. I was asked to just bring Jello. I guess I didn't do such a hot job on the Jello as the following year, my mother-in-law requested I bring nothing.

I've never thought I was an exceptionally bad cook. Well, there was that one time I made shrimp creole for my inlaws and I substituted red pepper for chili powder. (We drank a lot of milk.) Oh well. I made a pumpkin cheesecake to bring anyway. I just can't show up empty handed.

My mother-in-law likes to get creative with Thanksgiving dinner. She never just puts an ordinary turkey in the oven. Last year, it was Cornish game hens. One time it was a deep fried turkey. Another time she got a turkey from a farm. A farm fresh turkey. This turkey was so fresh, it still had its feathers when she got it. As we sat down to eat, she told us how she had to pluck its feathers out. OK, I'm no country girl. I'm from Chicago. And I really have no need or desire to hear about or see my food in its alive state before eating. That was just a little too fresh for me. My inlaws are car people (as you might recall from this post) so I'm a little surprised that they've never tried to cook a turkey on the engine of a car. Maybe next year.

So, in honor of Thanksgiving, here is my thankfulness list...

I'm thankful for each of my kids even when they're poking each other, running around the house, messing things up, and burping the alphabet.

I'm thankful that despite all the ear infections and colds, we're all healthy.

I'm thankful my husband has a steady job.

I'm thankful for art even when it's on my walls.

I'm thankful I live in a country where I'm free.

I'm thankful that even though it's miserably dreary and cold and the landscape is barren, there's the promise of spring.

I'm thankful that I'm tired because it means I have a lot of fun things to keep me busy.

I'm thankful for my parents who put up with all the things I did that my kids are now doing to me.

I'm thankful for a sister who's also a best friend and who understands what I'm talking about when I say, "He was a tall man."

I'm thankful for my Yia Yia and my aunt Vasiliki who are always thinking about us and cheering me on.

I'm thankful for Sue who is always on the other end of the phone when I need someone to talk to while I clean or when I need someone to commiserate with after paying bills.

I'm thankful for Jen who has been a best friend since high school. I would never brave camping if it weren't for her company. And who else would stand in an elevator with me for a full five minutes before realizing that neither of us had actually pushed the button for the floor?

I'm thankful for Julie who has been a best friend since high school. She gives me firewood and Chicken George and she laughs at my lame jokes.

I'm thankful for Gin who is not only a friend, but my hairdresser and she can always fit me into her schedule when my hair starts turning funny colors.

I'm thankful for my loopy friends and their endless conversations, jokes, and pretty blue lines.

I'm thankful for laughter, especially the tears from your eyes, stomach hurts, peeing in your pants, snorting kind of laughter.

I'm thankful my kids didn't scare my sister from having kids of her own.

I'm thankful for the opportunity to share a smile and a laugh with so many people on this blog and soon - my book as well.

I'm thankful for all the people who read and/or comment on my blog. You make my day.

And I'm thankful I have a God to be thankful to!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE!

63 comments:

Anonymous said...

I *just* started reading this blog - and I'm first to comment here - woohoo! lol

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for my Yia Yia too! Yia Yia's are absolutely amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

Your list of what you're thankful for made me smile. I've been very, very depressed & stressed out over tons of stuff so I thank you for the smile. It made me think of the things I have to be thankful for, even through this time of struggle. I appreciate your blog and your outlook on life. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Ahh, the coveted first comment - thought I read that somewhere on here. I've been enjoying your blog - I've only got 5 kiddles of my own but can relate to so much of your writing. Very funny and oh so true!

Happy Thanksgiving!
Mrs. Smith

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too!! On top of everything else I have to be thankful for, I also have you now, you are just too funny and have made me smile many, many days...(okay and some days I even snort.) Thank you!

Anonymous said...

And we are Thankful for you Dawn because you brighten up our days.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
Sandy
HE, Illinois

Misty said...

Amen sista. I'm blogging almost identical today. Thanks for making me smile. I'm thankful for YOU - for making me laugh on a daily basis - most times when I don't feel like even smiling. Thank YOU.

Misty

Kristy said...

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!
~Kristy

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!! I look forward to your blogs everyday...they help keep me sane between my three kids, working outside the home, and pursuing my masters degree...all while trying to remember my name and where I put my car keys.

Jen from Denver

Liz's Random Thoughts said...

Well I'm pretty sure that I'm NOT the first one to post a comment. If I made it into the top 100, normal...top 50 ok, top 25 huh, top 10 wow, #1 I spend too much time online and need a life. Oh wait that is true and I'm not even #1 hmm....

But anyways just wanted to say that I hope you and your family have a wonderful thanksgiving.:)

Anonymous said...

I really liked a lot of the things on your "thankful" list. Its good to be reminded of how sweet life truly is, even when its bringing us to our knees some days.

Like so many others, I am thankful for your blog. Moms need people like you....stories like yours....because even though we often feel otherwise, motherhood is not about being perfect....its about doing the best you can and hopefully being able to find the humor in it along the way so you don't go insane!

Thank you. Thank you for putting your stories out there and risking judgment from others. For providing so many of us with some much-needed laughter. For being brave enough to be real in a society that often demands perfection from us mothers, even if its just an illusion. Hopefully the rest of us can take a page from your book, so to speak, and be a little more real...a little less afraid to let the imperfections in our parenting show.

I hope this is coming across right-I mean to compliment you, not criticize you. I admire how you seem to be able to laugh and roll with it. How you can tell your stories and not be scared. I am always so hard on myself, thinking that whenever my kids act out or something doesn't go right, that everyone is judging me. I think I would enjoy parenthood so much more if I could shake the need to appear perfect. If I didn't care if someone down the aisle is staring at me when my daughter decides to throw a fit in Target over Spongebob dixie cups. You know? So when I read your blog, I feel....somehow....less alone. More empowered. And for that, I am truly thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Dawn, I am thankful for Mothers like you who can take a day filled with tribulation (I hope I spelled that right) and with a bright sense of humor (sarcascism is just one of many services offered) make life a bit easier to bear. I have been reading your past posts, and have to tell you I fell out of chair laughing at the Butt Cream comment you made. I was a wonderful child (STOP laughing I was) and my Mother had to only deal with me, but I never got pudding on the ceiling either.

Thanks for the laughs, and to the rest of the Moms out there....Motherhood is a job (way under paid) with more responsibility than any over priced CEO of a Fortune 500.

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to say Thank you for reminding me of all there is to be thankful for. We rarely stop and remember all the little things that make our day. Happy Thanxgiving to you and your family, may you always be blessed.
Cheers
Lauren

Kim said...

I am so thankful that I found you. You make me smile every morning and give me strength to face the day ahead. I only have three kids but two of them are identical twin boys. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

manda said...

Thank you for sharing. You have prompted me to think of all the wonderful things in my life. Too often, we take for granted the "little" things. Shall make a dedicated attempt to list at least one thing per day for which I am thankful. (one of which would be your blog) :)

Anonymous said...

I hope you aren't tired or hearing this or take offense, but now you are really starting to sound like Erma, making me laugh and cry in the same post! I've always enjoyed Erma and have 4 of her books. I've recently started reading them again in anticipation of your book. I'm thankful that you are filling a void left by a wonderful woman who I miss dearly. You have the same ability to make us all feel like your friend and bring us into your life. You help us feel like we are not alone and that others are going through the same things. Ditto on a previous comment, thank you for sharing your lives with us and exposing yourself to the risk of being criticized. We all appreciate it and love you.

May everyone have a safe Thanksgiving and make it to and from their distinations safely.

Deb in OPKS

P.S. I'm bringing pumkin cheescake to my SIL's also!

kimikki said...

I am thankful for your blog and the luagh it starts my days with. I'm thankful for my family, and especially my daughter and her baby, who brighten every day for me, even when I don't get to see them. I'm also thankful for my sister, who would be the one with me in that elevator, the one with the "unpushed" button, giggling our faces off. Thanks, Dawn!

Irene said...

Your blog is hilarious! I laughed out loud at the comment that you were "demoted" from green bean casserole (which I never liked or understood anyway).

Funny thing is, I actually am on the other end of this situation - I like to cook, and it isn't my MIL's strongpoint, so I usually gently tell her she doesn't need to bring a thing! Hopefully, she doesn't realize WHY I tell her that!

Have a great holiday!

suburbancorrespondent said...

I'm with the "Anonymous" who says it's great to be reminded by you that we do not have to be perfect. And that it helps to laugh at the zillion and one things that go wrong every day. So often I forget that.

Linda (UKS Gadget Monkey) said...

Happy Thanksgiving.....
I have 10 children and I thought it was only my 6 year old who burped the alphabet.... glad to see he is not the only one.. rofl

Just-Me-Jen said...

Great Post! Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

Brenda said...

I am thankful for humor. Where would life be without it?

Hoffman Family said...

Happy Thanksgiving to the Meehan Family! Thank you for putting your "thankfulness list" out there for others to see. Makes us all realize what we should be thankful for.
I use to be the jello girl at Thanksgiving dinner and got demoted. Now I bring KFC cole slaw!

kakykeke said...

Happy Thanksgiving, its great to hear others thanksgiving, and share that with others. It reminds us all how the little things in life are precious.

BTW, when you said you were thankful for Gin, before reading on I thought you meant Gin the liquor LOL... I was quickly redirected when you mentioned it was your hairdresser WHEW.

empressbarb said...

Lovely words....God has indeed blessed you. May He continue to do so.

Anonymous said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You are absolutely right to be thankful for all those things and you helped me to realize the wonderful things to be thankful for too. Life is way too short and we need to appreciate all the wonderful things in our lives. Even the things that seem like they will drive us crazy! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Tom :o)

Debby/MI said...

Thank you to the Anonymous poster (#11 at 2:10AM) - you were very well spoken, and, I think, communicated what so many of us feel.

In addition to being in agreement with so many of the same things Dawn and these ladies are thankful for - I am thankful that you are not ashamed, Dawn, to give thanks to God as well as credit to Him for what He does in your life. You are an inspiration to many, and that subtle voice of encouragement to so many of us...besides reminding us that laughter is the best medicine out there. :)

Thank you - and Happy Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, Just wanted to say I made my first pumpkin cheesecake this year. It called for a half cup of gingersnap cookies in the grahm cracker crust. I made them homemade and ended up with 5 dozen of them. ( for only half a cup) Well, cookies will be served too. Recently I told you about my stray cat chewed on turkey. I bet your inlaws have never cooked one of those! They can be thankfull for that! LOL Happy Thanksgiving Dawn! Kristine in Michigan

Lisa M said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

mbaskin23 said...

The list was great, except you didn't thank your husband.... You were only thankful for his steady job. I am sure he is loving and helpful too (as helpful as any man can be!).

Your blog is great!

Happy Thanksgiving!

mbaskin23

Sarah said...

I'm thankful that someone who said they were first to comment, were indeed, the first to comment. :)

Happy Thanksgiving, I love your blog. It makes me laugh almost every time.

Melissa said...

I'm thankful for your thankful list! ;)

Anonymous said...

Sometimes I'm a bit ashamed that I'm a 22 year old college student and I absolutely love your blog, hehe! I'm a nanny for 3 crazy children under the age of 5, so I can relate at least a little. And I see you have a Yia Yia, too! I had never heard that before the family I nanny for. They have a Yia Yia. Greek I think? Anyway, have a great Thanksgiving. Thank you for always giving me some entertainment in the mornings with your witty writings!!!

Anonymous said...

Sandy,
I have to ask... because it drove me nuts that I couldn't figure it out and had to ask my husband: HE = Hoffman Estates? Considering I'm 20 minutes from there, I should have been able to figure that one out, but I'm still not so good on the 'burbs (but if anyone wants to quiz me on what hundred a particular street in Chicago is...) :)

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Dawn!

I'm most thankful for my parents. Who are hosting 23 people for Thanksgiving today, including the four in my family. Who just arrived to pick up the two kids for "a viewing" because they couldn't stand to wait until 4pm. And I'm thankful that they know I appreciate them and don't take them for granted and appreciate what they do when so many of my friends' parents have gone the "I had my kids and raised them, now it's your turn" route and spend hardly any time with the delightful children.

In any case -- Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Michelle

JoAnne in CT said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Dawn!! Thank YOU for putting a smile on my face every day!!

Lauren said...

Hey Dawn - We weren't asked to bring anything either but we're bringing a Christmas Tree cake to my Great Aunt's today. It required brownie mix, eggs, oil, water, snot and a few egg shells as my four year old with a cold helped make it. Hopefully the heat in the oven burned the snot germs.

Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for giving me some much needed laughter. Here's a pic of the cake and a link to our family blog... www.hallsey.blogspot.com.

Lauren

ImprovGal said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Dawn! Thanks for your big heart and for sharing it with us. :)

marielee said...

awesome post.. found an article thats kinda interesting. im thankful that im NOT paid 138 grand a year to be a mom cos then i wouldnt learn how to be selfless, or aprreciate my mom's sacrifces.

Survey: Moms' work would bring in $138,095 a year
POSTED: 9:47 a.m. EDT, May 3, 2007
Story Highlights• 40,000 mothers responded to survey at Salary.com
• Mothers explained what their job entailed, how many hours they worked
• Salary.com says mothers work at least 10 jobs, put in 92 hours per week
• Company used median salaries for jobs, calculated work hours for each

Adjust font size:
(Reuters) -- When Tricia Himawan was a financial analyst, she worked 50 hours a week and earned about $75,000 a year. Now, she works, by her estimation, about 119 hours a week doing 11 different jobs, and, for 10 of them, she makes ... nothing.

"I work nonstop as a mother," says Himawan, of West Orange, New Jersey, as she breast-feeds her nine-month-old son Jonas and watches over 4-year-old Juliana.

If she were paid for her work as a mother, she would be earning almost $140,000 a year.

That is the conclusion of research conducted by Salary.com, a firm based in Waltham, Massachusetts, that specializes in determining compensation. Himawan was one of 40,000 mothers who responded online to Salary.com explaining what their job entailed and how many hours they worked. (Book urges mothers to stay in work force)

The typical mother puts in a 92-hour work week, the company concluded, and works at least 10 jobs. In order of hours spent on them per week, these are: housekeeper, day-care center teacher, cook, computer operator, laundry machine operator, janitor, facilities manager, van driver, chief executive officer and psychologist. By figuring out the median salaries for each position, and calculating the average number of hours worked at each, the firm came up with $138,095 -- three percent higher than last year's results. (Audio Slide Show: Evolution of motherhood)

Even mothers who work full-time jobs outside the home put in $85,939 worth of work as mothers, according to Salary.com.

"My work is my family right now, and my backbone is about to break," says Himawan, who now also works at home as a real-estate broker."My baby is on my hip 24 hours a day."

CNN's Jonathan Mandell contributed to this report.

Becky said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Dawn. And AMEN on the list! You are truly blessed!

I'm thankful for the smile you bring to my face everyday when I read your blog...and the vivacious family you have that made it all possible.

God's richest blessings on you and yours!

Eileen M said...

Please, please -- I really want to hear the Tall Man story!
Love reading your blog -- and Happy Thanksgiving!

roseys madhouse said...

Thats nice I really enjoy reading your blog so your more than welcome. Could you please explain to me though what is Thanksgiving for? We dont celebrate it here in Australia and I couldnt fathom having to get a huge dinner and the family together this close to christmas?
I should probably google it lol?

Mishel said...

I am thankful:
*for my son who's healthy and happy
*that my mother is breast-cancer free (7yrs later!)
*that my husband is still in love w/me after all these years (hey, I'm a weird girl so that's really something to be thankful for:)
*that my brother who was in Iraq isn't going back anytime soon
*that my other brother who is going to Iraq won't be on the front lines (although just him being over there scares me)
*that I am still healthy
I am thankful for so much more but there's too much to write and somethings I'm just not ready to write down yet:)

Anonymous said...

Same thing happens with me. I cook fairly good, I think. If I'm asked to bring something, there will be a problem. "There's not enough", "It doesn't look right". Grrr...so I just smile if I'm asked to bring "nothing" - fine by me! ;) Have a great day!!

Rick said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you. I don'tlike stuffing, but I LOVE stuffing myself.



www.organizeddoodles.blogspot.com

Gardenwife said...

Well, shoot, if they're car people, their cars probably don't burn oil. If one does burn oil, they could run a tube out of the tailpipe and into a box containing the turkey: oil-smoked turkey!

Happy thanksgiving!

We put a little soy sauce and water chestnuts in our green bean casserole. Mmmm-mmm-mmm, tasty.

Anonymous said...

Hello there! I enjoy reading your blog more than you could ever imagine! Your joy in life is infectious. You allow me to have a sense of humor about my own life, even when things sometimes look overwhelming. I only have two kids, but one of them is severely special needs. So, sometimes, I need strength from others when his days are at their worst.

Thank you so much.

Elaina

http://www.speciallittlesmiles.com

~*~ Jennifer ~*~ said...

That's hilarious -- My MIL never wants to eat my food either. My dad says I'm a 5 star cook -- and my family will eat my food... but my MIL... N.O.P.E. nothing... I think her taste buds are screwed up -- either that or her ego is.

Elaine said...

Happy Thanksgiving to all and especially to you Dawn and your family!!
Yes, we all have so much to be thankful for.
Someone shared with me about an Oprah show where people shared the life changing power of being thankful. They were given the task to write down for 10 minutes daily what they were thankful for. In a short matter of time, their perspectives changed and so did their lives.
God bless,
Elaine
and ps. I understand all about car families, I have one too :)

Maria said...

I'm just starting to read your blog because I love big family stories. I have 4 kids of my own. Families are the best thing to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving.

Laura said...

Hi Dawn,
I've been reading awhile though I've never posted, I want you to know what a difference your making in the lives of people you've never met. Myself included.
I have been under so much stress lately that sometimes I feel like I can't breathe. My poor kids have been wondering where their Mom went. Reading your post today reminded me how much I have to be truly thankful for. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for letting us see into your world. My six children are all married and have children of their own--but I have a very good memory of those days.

I was nodding my head at all the things you listed for which you are thankful. Life is a wonderful adventure.

One burning question--What is a yia yia?

Warm Thanks!
Gloria

Kristi *sweet* Sauer said...

Green bean casserole is my favorite!

korkie said...

Demoted down to Jello: Funny

"And I really have no need or desire to hear about or see my food in its alive state before eating. That was just a little too fresh for me." PRICELESS!

Spitting parts of a chocolate donut out laughing ..... Just ain't right!


"May this day be filled with endless moments of gratitude.

Korkie

SusanH said...

Love your blog and this is such a nice post! And you comment about your in-laws cooking a turkey on the car engine reminded me - do you remember the episode of "Wings" when Lowell sold Roy a Car-B-Que! It cooked/grilled on the engine of the car??? Maybe your in-laws would be on to something?

FranzSixPack said...

I am thankful for you - why - because I am a mom of four kids under 6 yrs that have run me ragged today. We are 1800 miles from home visiting the in-laws. The kids have been trapped inside because of cold and rain. I just came in from driving the baby around in the car to put her to sleep (this was a last ditch effort after two hours of non stop crying)The other three have finally gone to sleep and I might sometime before midnight eat my dinner. Thank you for reminding us all that life is crazy for everyone and that those sleeping little bundles are really pretty cool to have around....but please Lord, let them sleep a little bit longer...Thanks again

Jill said...

HI Dawn,
I'm always asked to bring the green bean casserole. The first year I made it, I accidently put WAY too much pepper in it. (I always mix up those teaspoons and tablespoons) It was too late to do anything about it, and took it to the family dinner anyway, preparing myself to make many apologies, and thinking I would bring most of it home. As it turned out, everyone liked it and said how wonderful it was. Who would have guessed?
I liked your thankful list. I honestly believe if we take the time to think of all we are thankful for, we are happier.
Jill

Linda said...

OK, I'll bite: What do you mean when you say "he was a tall man"?

Also, how do you make green bean casserole with just beans & soup? I'm not American so this is all new to me.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn and happy Thanksgiving.
Ive been reading your blog since it started and have posted some comments in the past and today is yet another of those days when you hit the spot on a topic that was close to my heart.
I have six kids aged fourteen down to two and have recently moved from the UK to France. Since Ive been here I have made alot of new friends and one of the wonderful things Ive been introduced to is the way that neighbours bring you fresh fruit and veg from their gardens for free and expect nothing in return.
My nearest neighbours name is Andre and hes a really nice chap. The other day he brought me a freshly killed pheasant from that mornings hunt.
I was so touched by his kindness that I forgot all about the fact that as an ex townie I had never been introduced to the finer art of preparation it was only later that it hit me like a brick wall... what the heck do I do with it? - or words to that effect.
After studying the net and asking a few polite questions of several other friends I dutifully hung the bird by its legs for a couple of days as I was assured this would increase its flavour.
Finally armed with as much knowledge as I could gather I decided to sort it out for our Wednesday evening meal when the kids were off school so they could watch and learn how to - or not to as the case may be - prepare a pheasant.
Andre also collared me earlier on that Wednesday and he seemed surprised I hadnt eaten it on the same day! I explained that Id hung it up but it would appear thats not the normal thing to do with a game bird here in France.
Anyway I set too and plucked most of the feathers out except for the head and the very ends of the wings. I managed to do most of it without tearing too much of the skin apart from in one or two small areas across the breast.
The kids were disgusted when I chopped the head, wings and legs off of the bird but they turned even greener when I pulled the insides out. It will be one of my treasured moments remembering watching the kids run in any direction other than watch me remove the insides.
At this point several of them also declared that they would rather become vegetarian. This is one of the reasons why I came here. I wanted the kids to be fully aware of where things come from before they end up on their plate although during the cooking period they slowly started to gravitate towards meat again as the smell of the bird cooking was gorgeous.
I wasnt sure if I should put salt or pepper on it so I left it as was and used some olive oil, put it in a pre heated oven on a low setting and left it for about an hour and a quarter. I basted it three or four times and left it to rest for about five or ten minutes before I cut it up for the meal.
The bird fell apart when I carved it and the meat tasted superb. THe kids think its the best meat theyve ever tasted despite watching all the gory bits and I dont think I will have a problem from now on preparing any bird for the table from start to finish.
Apart from my lack of confidence in the preparation of the bird having now tackled it the once I dont think Ill have a problem with anything like that in the future.
Ive put the bones and stuff into a pot to get the rest of the stock etc out of it and Ill be making some game soup for the kids and me later on.
For the dessert I pondered long and hard on something filling that wouldnt detract from the centre dish. I finally decided to throw some scones together whilst the oven was still hot so we had hot buttered scones for pudding and I ended up with six very full and happy kids for the night. I took four of the scones round to Andres to say thankyou and I just hope he enjoyed them as much as we enjoyed the pheasant.

Ive often heard about American Thanksgiving and thought is was a shame that other countries dont follow suit in this tradition but just for the record Id like to thank all the wonderful people who have made us feel so welcome in their country, especially Andre, and also thankyou to my children for trying so hard to settle into their new lives.

Liz said...

Great Thanksgiving list...what a reminder to look past all of the frustrations and be glad they're there to begin with! Thanks for the reminders and the smiles! Hope the day was wonderful for you and your family! BTW...I LOVE pumpkin cheesecake!! ;o)

~Liz
http://4guysn1liz.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Hi, Dawn,

I've had no difficulty in the past finding things to be thankful for until this year.

You see, Wednesday afternoon my DH of 33 years and I were told by his doctor that he has Stage 3 Lung Cancer.

It's hard to reflect on your blessings when this kind of news comes your way. So, we searched, found, and shared some very special little and big blessings.

We found that blessings are alot like beauty...it's in the "eye" of the beholder.

We are thankful for:

Tears that cleanse the soul

A Granddaughter whose miraculous kisses CAN make it better

Family and Friends who stick like glue to you

JOKES...the old SNL reruns...National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation...Arthur (his giggling is absolutely contagious)
ANYTHING that's funny!

Kitties...quietly laying right up next to you in support

A warm home and food to eat

Two loving daughters who will drop anything and run to help out

Heating pads and electric blankets that provide just the right amount of needed heat without turning UP the thermostat...hot flash issues here!

HOPE...surgery may be a possibility. Upcoming tests will determine if it's spread. Total healing or, if not, Everlasting life.

PRAYERS, PRAYERS, and again I say PRAYERS!

I cannot tell you how many times over the past 2 days that, out of nowhere, a sudden peacefulness has settled on us.

And Dawn, I'm thankful for you! This is a place where I come to put things in perspective. Family and Friends...LOVE...It's all around here.

Sincerly

Nancy Binky

Dorothy said...

Dawn, has helped so many people share what's in their hearts. And as I read the comments I see it brings them closer to a peaceful time, if only for a moment. Blessings to the bloggers who had made a peaceful place for those who need a moment to reflect.

Dorothy from grammology
remember to call gram

http://grammology.com

Nicki said...

A great list of things to be thankful for. Thanks for sharing.

Aemelia said...

LOL! I got demoted one year too from Green Bean Casserole to Rolls...yeah thanks.

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