Tuesday, November 15, 2011


This is one of my favorite times of the year. Preparing for Thanksgiving, the menu, shopping, decorating, baking, is more cherished around here than Christmas preparations (don't get me wrong - I love getting the tree and decorating it to the nines but let's face it, it becomes one giant mess of clutter come December 26th).

My mom arrives in less than a week, as this has been our tradition for Thanksgiving since moving away from Chicago nearly 10 years ago. We talk on the phone at least once a day, sharing ideas and fun things we have planned for her visit. It's so easy to feel overwhelmed this time of year, I do, even in my simple, little life so I can only imagine those who work stressful jobs, have young children or have both a full time career and family?? How do they get everything done? And in addition to that, maintain all the social/family obligations without falling asleep in their food? I admire those who can master all things I deem un-masterful because I don't know how they do it. I guess I know my limitations as a human being and have to allow for comfortable boundaries within them. That's why it's going to be a guilt-free holiday this season in terms of commitments and even gift giving.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks for all the blessings we are fortunate to have in our lives. Keeping that in the forefront of my mind helps put all the other "stuff" in perspective.


karen gerstenberger said...

I feel the same way about Thanksgiving - I love it, and love cooking the dinner! It's going to be wonderful for you and your mom to share this special holiday with Tom and the furbabies, of course!).
You and your family are one of the blessings for which I'm giving thanks. I love you!

Anonymous said...

Thanksgiving for me really depends on the weather and the people around me. So far this year Ive been invited to a friends house to eat. I'm pretty lucky and sure feel good about that. Can't wait for the pies! yummy!

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