Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thankful Thursday

borrowed from Simply Blessed

Two weeks from today we're going to be ingesting copious amounts of food and sitting on our butts all day. Oh great time-turner, can we please fast forward approximately 336 hours? It's gonna be great!

Several years ago, before I had kids and while still easing in to the Robert family holidays, I was caught off guard by one of those Rockwellesque moments that never exactly happened in my gargantuan family when I was growing up. As we sat down to Thanksgiving dinner around the beautifully set dining room table, Grandma Robert suggested that we all go around  and say something that we were thankful for that year. (If that had happened at one of my family's Thanksgivings the food would have become ice cold, cause it would've taken an hour!)

I was probably third or fourth in line, and for whatever reason my brain was not forming coherent thoughts at that moment. Maybe it was the delicious food in front of me distracting my senses, or maybe it was the cute guy to my left...who knows. All I know is that I could not think of a thing to say. You know that feeling right before you're about to throw up?

After several flowery well-spoken words were made by competent family members who were obviously not as thrown off by this whole idea, I was up. My mouth opened. And with no build up or pretty things to add at all I said...

"I'm thankful for...freedom!"

The end.

Freedom? Is that the best you could come up with? Though, I suppose that is something to be thankful for, and it does encompass a lot of other things. Yeah, you're good. Freedom.

Then I noticed that awkward cricket sound that comes when your captive audience is expecting more. Except I had nothing else. It took every fiber of my being to come up with that one word. So I nudged Eric and he quickly came to my rescue, rattling off some wonderful things while I turned as red as the cranberry sauce.

I will never forget the day I found it ridiculously hard to come up with one darn thing to be thankful for on THANKSgiving. So today, and perhaps next week as well...I will seek to right the wrong of my thankfulness blunder and actually reflect on a few things that I'm truly thankful for this year. :)

 So without further ado: Thankful Thursday

*I am thankful first and foremost for the health, happiness, and well being of my family. I spend a lot of time wondering things like, "Why them, and why not us?" when I see families struggling with sick babies or parents. And since I'll never know the answers to questions that are completely and utterly out of my control, all I can do is be incredibly humbled and say thank you for what we have been given. 

*I don't care how ridiculous it sounds, I am thankful for the internet. I mean...I don't know what I would do without it. My family would probably starve. I would probably have no friends. And without the magic of google, I would have thought my newborns were about to explode 674658492 times in their first weeks of life. 

(Ha! Could you imagine if I had said "the internet" at the Thanksgiving table? Suddenly freedom isn't sounding so bad.)

*I am thankful for a wonderful, loving, supportive, hunka hunka burnin' love. aka: Eric. I gush about him pretty much all the time. So...thankyuh Jesus for the blessing of an amazing spouse.

*I am thankful for a warm house, a comfy bed, and a pantry full of food. On cold winter nights when the winds are howling, I can't even wrap my mind around not having a warm safe place for my family to sleep. Gah, I better move on quickly, cause this one makes me cry every time.

*I am thankful for the lovely invention of the portable camera. This one is pretty straightforward, but I think I take it for granted A LOT. I can't imagine having no pictures of my wedding, of my babies in their infancy, of all the places we've seen and lived. My brain has already proven to be a lousy memory storer on it's own. So hoorah for the life-enriching camera!

*I am thankful for friends whom I barely even get to see in real life, who don't always agree with me or share my point of view, but who are always kind and encouraging. It swells my heart.

*And last but not least (for this week anyway) I am thankful for BIRTHDAYS! Like the one Cassie is celebrating today. Happy Birthday, Cassie!

Now that wasn't so bad. :) To be honest, this blog post had the potential to be the longest post known to mankind. I mean, I have very little to not be thankful for. I see every day as a gift, because we're not promised tomorrow. So if I'm alive and breathing and able to spend another day with my family I can say thank you for something. 

Ah, I think this is going to be a good day. Now I'm off to rehearse something good to say in case I'm called upon at the dinner table once again. Haha. Later gators!


Cassie said...

awww, thanks for the birthday wishes!!

i would say you are one blessed girl!! and you do have a lot to be thankful for. :)
your ability to write amazes me you sometimes can describe something in a way i can only imagine it in my head and i come back readying your blog every day because of that!

so i am thankful for your blog and your writing skills! keep it up sister!

Adrien said...

Thank you so much, Cassie. I was having kind of an off day today, but you've made it a lot better. :)


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