This Thanksgiving: Thankful

This Thanksgiving doesn’t feel very special this year. It feels like a typical Thursday to me. I’m trying to make it more, but I’m struggling to do so. 

This ThanksgivingNot only does my husband have to work today–because the weather never sleeps–but I’m dealing with morning sickness. The morning sickness and pregnancy fatigue helped us (Chris and me) decide not to cook turkey today. And, now, I feel sad that we decided not to do it. At the time, it made perfect sense. After all, just under two weeks ago, we visited my in-laws in Iowa and had an early Thanksgiving feast. The reality leaves me feeling sad that we won’t be eating turkey or my mom’s green jello salad. At least we will have mashed potatoes, gravy, and corn. And, if I feel motivated in the next several minutes, perhaps even a pecan pie.

That said, my girls and I tried to do some traditional Thanksgiving things. Okay, one. We watched the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. When it started with a musical number from the Broadway show Our Town, Ginny stopped, watched, and said, “Wow!” Of course, her awe didn’t last and 15 minutes later she wanted to watch Minnie Mouse. I refused. I’m keeping one tradition in place. In the end, she and Grace enjoyed seeing the balloons and floats in the parade. 

While this Thanksgiving isn’t my ideal celebration, I still find myself reflecting on all that I’m thankful for this year…

1. God 

2. Chris, the most amazing and patient husband. He’s picked up my slack in the last couple of months (due to me being ill and exhausted) including cooking more often. He hasn’t complained once.

3. My beautiful daughters, Ginny and Grace.

4. Preschool! If Ginny didn’t go to school a couple of hours twice a week, I might be pulling my hair out.

5. My little Sweet Pea growing inside of me! I keep praying this baby is born healthy and lives a long life with his or her sisters.

6. My daughters’  friendship! My little girls rarely fight (when they do it is because Grace pulls Ginny’s hair). Instead, they love playing together and hug lots. 

7. Daisy Mae. Poor dog probably thinks she’s ignored a lot….but I love her beyond words.

8. This blog! I’m glad I have a place to write and express myself.

9. My readers! My blog has grown in the last year, along with lots of new readers. I’ll always be thankful for them.

10. Bloppy Bloggers. They have helped me realize that I can stretch myself in my writing and in ways I didn’t realize. I’m grateful to belong to a tribe that supports me and other bloggers in such a positive way.

11. The moments when I can keep dinner down. Please let that be tonight.

12. Morning sickness. I know that might sound odd because it makes me miserable, but it also lets me know that Sweet Pea is okay.

13. My parents! They are not only my parents, but also my friends.

14. That I will get to see my parents at Christmas this year. I haven’t spent Christmas with them in 5 years. I can’t wait!

15. Pope Francis. I adore the message he sends the world about what it is to be truly Catholic and what faith through loving God looks like.

16. My friends, in particular, Dawn and Amy Anne. I need to be a better friend by calling more often, but they love me anyway.

17. My extended family. It’s nice knowing that they have my back if needed (just as I have their backs).

18. Getting the opportunity to be featured on Scary Mommy, Mamapedia, and being included as a contributor to What the Flicka!

19. Snow! It makes everything outside more beautiful.

20. Being alive! For that, I will always be thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone!


About Denise

Hi! I'm Denise, a 40+ year old SAHM trying to navigate the world of motherhood. I blog about parenting, food, and have been featured a few times on BlogHer. I enjoys solving mysteries (Okay..reading mysteries or watching them on TV), cooking, and drinking way too much caffeine than I should. Basically, anything I needs to do to survive the toddler years.



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  1. So sorry to hear about the morning sickness! I hope it goes away soon so you can enjoy the Christmas Season. I know you love cooking so it much have such not to be able to. Loving your list though because there is always something in our life to be thankful for and looks like you have a lot! 🙂 Yay to number 18! Go you!!
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