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Being Thankful



I asked my students, with absolutely no prodding or help from me, what they’re thankful for.  I refused to give them any ideas, and they had to come up with five different things.  Their responses were timeless, innocent and pure.  They never cease to amaze me…especially when you dig down to what’s just below the surface.  Here are a few of their responses:

 My family (this was a biggy – almost every one of them wrote it)


Toilet Paper



My class

Grandma & Grandparents

Mesa Blocks (not sure I know what those are)

I’ll be honest here…the world seems much less scary to me when I see these responses.  Truly.  Just think…what if these babies could keep their focus just on (most of) the items listed above?  Just think where the new generation could lead this world if their hearts stayed true to family, God, and love.

With each passing day, I find I have more to be thankful for.  And it’s not just the big things.  Of course I’m thankful for my family…they are my most cherished gift, one that I cling to each and every day.  Of course I’m thankful for nourishment and shelter…I know I’m so blessed to have what some don’t and may never have.  The thing is, I find myself more thankful for the little things these days.  Things like a pain-free body when I get up in the morning, a warm, soft bed to fall into at night.  I cherish the little conveniences of life…things like coffee and central heat and air and indoor plumbing.  I cling to my books and savor each day I get to write.

I’m also thankful for the silly things…like XM radio and the classic rock stations.  I’ve discovered channel 57 (Y2K country – and all I can say is thank you for some decent country music.  It saves me from having to listen to the new, overly produced, male heavy country music of today.  Gag me.)

I’m also thankful for the encouragement I get from the readers of my blog.  Opening myself to others and admitting that I love to write was very difficult for me.  I guess I spend too much time in the worry zone.  Anyway, your sweet comments and kindness have fueled my love for writing even more and given me courage to share some of my stories.  For that, I cherish each one of you.  I truly hope you have the best Thanksgiving ever.

For me and my family, we’ll be keeping our eyes and hearts on the words above…family, love, God, and enough toilet paper for the 35 folks coming to visit on Thursday!

Happy Thanksgiving!


It’s an early Thanksgiving Eve as I sit here with my dog in my lap and a hot cup of coffee.  I’m in a warm home, my beautiful daughter is coming home from college in the morning, my guys are off and running, staying busy with work and hunting, and I feel thankful.  Thankful for the small conveniences in life and the large ones…I would not have made a happy pioneer wife.  Thankful for family…even slightly dysfunctional we’re awesome when we’re together.  Thankful for those who love me when I deserve it and especially when I don’t.  Thankful for the sweet children I teach at work…once again, we’re slightly dysfunctional apart but when we come together, we’re pretty spectacular.  Thankful for new babies coming into the world and the cherished memories I have of everyone who has left our world but is waiting for us on the other side.  Thankful for friends…people who see you at your best and worst and still call you friend.  Thankful for God…where would I be without Him?

Tomorrow the house will be full of family…around 45 of them.  There will be food and laughter and not enough seats for everyone.  It will be loud and chaotic.  It will be everything that makes Thanksgiving my favorite holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hunter's art work - 1999

Hunter’s art work – 1999

Trey's Native American - 2002

Trey’s Native American – 2002

Happy Thanksgiving


Gobble, gobble and a hungry hello!  Thanksgiving is almost here.  I love Thanksgiving – the premise behind what the word means, the gathering of people without the burden of presents, and of course, the food!  Being from the south, we lean toward southern dishes…cranberry relish, sweet potato casserole, cheese grits, lima beans, corn, pecan pie and of course, turkey and dressing.  I’ve noticed something on T.V. lately – the dressing they show in commercials looks nothing like the dressing of southern, middle Tennessee.   The T.V. ready dressing is chunky with huge bits of breading….ours is more of a solid…hmm, I hope that doesn’t sound gross because it’s really delicious.  Our dressing has smaller pieces, more liquid and is baked in the oven.  It is also made with cornbread.  What is your dressing like?

I heard something over the weekend about Thanksgiving from a wise, older man.  He stated, “Shouldn’t every day be Thanksgiving?”  That is so very true.  Shouldn’t we wake up every day and count our blessings?  Even on the sad days or the yucky, I don’t feel good days?  Finding those joys, those little things that give our lives meaning every day, is important every single day.  How often do we overlook the tiny things that make our lives so much better? 

Of course I am thankful for my family, my friends, my job, but here are some other things I am truly, deeply thankful for:  a brilliant blue sky, trees, bright yellow buttercups in late February, air conditioning in the dog days of summer, indoor plumbing, books, classic rock music, smiles from strangers, love, hot coffee in the mornings, a house to have that coffee in, my computer to write on, cardinals, the sound of the ocean hitting the shore, the awe of the mountains as they touch the sky.

I hope you have a wonderul Thanksgiving…Thursday and every day!