After three years away, it was wonderful to be seated around my Mom's table, working in her kitchen and listening to the happy voices of a full set of cousins.
Speaking of turkeys... the Flegal's have a lot to be grateful for. After reviewing our feathers, I'm prepared to share our respective lists.
This year we are thankful for:
- a warm house
- Henry is a good eater
- Eliza is a good helper
- the mountains
- mom is such a good cook
- my children
- my family
- Eliza was very helpful without being asked.
- I am thankful for Daddy's job and for being able to stay at home with my kids.
- healthy bodies
- The Gospel of Jesus Christ
- friends, old and new
- Living in Utah (I have a few additions:)
- Grateful for children who play so well together
- Eliza's artwork
- Henry's laugh
- Lottie's cuddles
- Dates with Daddy
- Sunday naps
- I love my family
- I am thankful to be able to go to school
- thankful my last name is Flegal
- My mom is not a monster
- Music class on Tuesday
- Thankful for birthdays
- playing with my friends
- playing with my friends (he said that one twice)
- going to my school
- my blue blankie
- my mom is nice
- spider rings make me happy
- snacks in my high chair
- Mom juice
- Eliza and Henry make me laugh
- When Daddy comes home
- cuddles with blankie and binki
Bowling with the McAllister side of the family on Thursday, seeing Breaking Dawn with my Mom, watching the parade and another wonderful family dinner at my Mom's cleared the sadness.
At the bowling alley's play center:
Eliza watching the parade:
Strike a pose, Eliza.
Thanksgiving evening was low key in comparison to the previous weekend's celebration.As I basked in the feelings of contentment the calm atmosphere provided, I took the time to silently account for each of my blessings. Certainly we aren't immune from life's challenges, but I feel that my cup of joy is full to the brim. The love of my family brings me great happiness. Continuing on with my little analogy, as I watch my children love one another and as I listen to their observations (the humorous or profound), my happiness spills over. God is great! To Him, we owe everything.
"Are you done yet Mom? Sheeeesh!"