(Warning: Photo Overload)
(But I'm not very sorry, because I have some catching up to do.)
Thanksgiving, the quiet holiday that gets squeezed between the revelry of Halloween and the frenzy of Christmas, is my favorite day of the year.
Humble, perhaps a little shy, this day is sometimes mistaken for Turkey Day, or Football Day; two misnomers which Thanksgiving, in typical self-deprecating style, says, "Well, we do eat turkey, and we do watch football. I can see how that could happen."
You've got to respect a day that doesn't light itself up with fireworks and yell, "LOOK AT ME!" He simply lets his name speak for itself.
On Thanksgiving, there are no gifts to wrap, no parties to attend, no concerts, yard decorations or long lines in department stores. Yes, there is a lot of cooking involved, but that means food, which means that people I love will be gathering together to eat it.
Most of all, this unassuming day brings with it an occasion to count blessings. To see silver linings. To recount the things we are grateful for. Even during my bleakest years, the ones I lost babies in, or the ones that money was tight, or the ones that loved ones were gone, there has always been something for which to offer my thanks.
This year, I am most thankful for two little girls that have graced my life.
Heidi Joy was born in August and I am just smitten with her.
And Ivy Grace is now 18 months old, and charms us every single day with new words and new abilities.
My little Company Girls:
I guess I AM trying to catch y'all up on the photos with one blog post.
My heart is full, and I am grateful. This has been a good year, and I wish I could have glimpsed it during the ones that were tough. But I'm learning that Thanksgiving isn't just one day on a calendar, but it's an attitude that finds blessings and silver linings every day of the year. It's a heart that looks to the One who is faithful, who promises to be with us always, and who never, ever forgets His own.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving week, my sweet friends! I am thankful for each of you.
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His faithful love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 (NLT)