Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!


It's great how families come together and express their gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. But what about the other 364 days of the year? Is our food that much better on the fourth Thursday in November? Are our homes warmer? Our clothes prettier? Our health better? Our jobs more wonderful? OK, well maybe the food's better, but really, we have a million things to be thankful for every single day. Things we take for granted every day.

It can really change your perspective on things if, instead of complaining about a situation, you can flip it around and find something to be thankful for. For example: When the kids dump the last of the milk all over the kitchen table, soaking everything on the table and the floor beneath it, instead of being angry and frustrated, be thankful that you now have an excuse to just throw out that stack of papers you've been meaning to go through. You can't really read them now that they're soaked in milk. And now you have a good reason to clean your floor. And let's not forget about the fact that you now have to go to the grocery store to get more milk and grocery shopping almost always give you a good story to blog later.

Wouldn't it be great if we could always step back and look at those frustrating situations in a positive light? I promise we'd all be much happier people if we did. Give it a try the next time something happens that makes you want to scream. Take a minute, take a breath, and flip it around. See the positive in it.

And here, in no particular order, is a thankful list compiled by the Meehan kids...

the earth
weekends off school
i just want a pink house and a pink, pink, pink car
thank you mama
Sunday school
eating pizza
a real baby
Barbie puppy that breathes when you touch his paw
animals like Perry the Platypus
I have a pink purse

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Have a great day!


Michelle said...

Good point (I tried to make that point but not so eloquently a couple weeks ago with my "it could always be worse" -- so which papers did you get to toss? ;) )

Which child was the one who forgot to mention pizza? I'm guessing Brooklyn only because she's the youngest and it's possible that pizza has yet to fully permeate her consciousness.

And she's also the one who's wanting the pink house and a pink, pink, pink car? Hey -- better her than Austin!

Happy Thanksgiving, Dawn!

Boy Mom said...

You, well your blog was a big part of what started me blogging. Blogging has really helped me make that perspective flip in my life, three year old burns a box of toys in the back yard...grab the camera for a Blog bonanza.
So I guess I'm saying THANKS Dawn for what you do,thanks for sharing your life, your children, your humor, your weaknesses and your strengths. Thanks for connecting the hearts of stay-at-home Moms everywhere.

Have a Fabulous Thanksgiving and 364 other blessed days each year.

Lisa-Anne said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Dawn!
I'm giving thanks for you and your willingness to bring the rest of us a smile!

Kitti said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Dawn!
I love the Thankful for list...the pink comments have got to be from Brooklyn, yes? Too cute =)

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Dawn and family!

I'm thankful that you let us "peek" into your lives just to put a smile on our faces!

Hope your day was wonderful and your turkey was delish!!!

Donna in PA :)

jessx said...

isnt everyone happy for pizza?

Becki said...

We are starting a new thing this year. We have a bucket and strips of paper. All throughout the year when we think of something or have something we are thankful for we are going to write it on a slip of paper and put it in the bucket. Next Thanksgiving we are going to go through the bucket and read the papers, then we are going to turn those papers into a paper chain to hang on the christmas tree. Happy Holidays!

Candi said...

A thankful heart is what sets the victors apart from the victims. " everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." (Eph. 5:18) Happy Thanksgiving!

Martha said...

Happy Thanksgiving (a day late)

We really do need to be thankful every day for the little things like pizza and our pink purses! Thank you for sharing your families list today, and your experiences and thoughts every day!

I agree with Boy Mom, that blogging daily really does help you look at life a little differently! I have a photo blog, and am not only trying to write, but also photograph something that on that given day has a new or special meaning.

I am thankful for the internet (when used for good!), it brings people together from near and far, and although we may never know them, we each have the ability to touch someones life each and every day!

Thank you again!

Rick said...

It would seem that the pizza deli should be thankful for all the business you're sending their way.

With apologies to house designer in your family, I'm thankful that I don't live in a pink house.

Jenni said...

So I guess this means I should be thankful that my husband got up at 5 am to stand in line in the pouring rain at Home Depot to get me a 7 1/2 pre lit Christmas tree (white lights) but came home with multi colored lights instead????
Yeah...I hate multi colored lights...I mean, what's up with the pink light they put in there??

I am trying really, REALLY hard to be thankful for that...
Although, I am thankful to have a husband to do that for me, and our two young boys!

Amanda said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you Dawn and your family. :) That list by your kids is so cute. I love the 'I have a pink purse' and 'a real baby' ones but especially the 'i just want a pink house and a pink, pink, pink car'. So do I! :-P

AuntyM said...

So many "pizza" answers. LOL Love it, love it.

This Crazy Thing Called Motherhood said...

I love how your kids said "pizza" so much! I am a huge pizza lover, so I was right there with them in being super thankful for it! ;)

Lorelei said...

LOL! So who was so clever and snuck his/her Christmas wish list in there?
I want a pink house and a pink, pink car, too. And that Barbie puppy with the paw thing? Do they have those at Toys R Us?

Here's hoping you and your family have a great Thanksgiving weekend full of happiness and things to be thankful for. And pizza.

Vivian M said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Sounds like your family has a lot to be thankful for! Although the Barbie puppy stumped me, must be a new toy?

Cheryl said...

I agree, I posted about this on my blog. It went a little something like this: When I get angry for my livingroom being demolished AGAIN, dishes piled in the kitchen sink and my husband waking me up with his leg twitching I try to thank God for:

Children to demolish my livingroom, the food we had to eat from those dishes and a loving man to share my life with.

Anonymous said...

What more could you ask for than a kid who remembers to say "Thank you mama"? -Ruth (mother of 5)

Kathi said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

TuTu's Bliss said...

Wonderful reminder!! Thank you

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

I'm thankful for Perry the Platypus, too.

Patois said...

A real baby. That's something to be thankful for, indeed. All of them, actually, every day of the year.

Caroline said...

My four year old had to come up with three things he was thankful for at school. He chose his brother, mom & dad (we count as one) and ELEPHANTS!

Sheila said...

We're all grateful for you, too!

And I've given you an award over at my blog this morning!

Hope you've recovered from Thanksgiving,

Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

Amber Narae said...

Once again, thank you, Dawn! You reminded me that although I am running on less than 3 hours' sleep, I am indeed thankful for the beautiful, brand new daughter who is stealing my time... and my heart =)

MaBunny said...

Love that list, how sweet and funny is that!

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

You know, I'm with the pizza kids.

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