At our house we are preparing for Thanksgiving! Amongst all the crazy schedules of work, school, homework, hockey ... it is comforting to have a national day set aside to give thanks. Steve and I are fortunate to come from big families. We will celebrate with 2 turkey dinners. At the Howies there will be 20+ at the table and at the Rivingtons there will be 27+. At dinner, I encourage the children to talk about what they are thankful for. They resist this because they can't seem to think back on the whole year and they don't want to embarrass themselves in front of other cousins who have access to bun throwing! It is easy for me to verbalize my thanks - I have so much to be grateful for. Steve and I are blessed with 3 healthy children, we both enjoy are parents and are thankful for their health, between us we have 7 sisters who despite the national statistics are all cancer free, we both enjoy our jobs and live in a community of loving and fun friends.
It's easy to get caught-up in the "race" of life but at this time of year I like to take the time to think the race is long, enjoy the track!