Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving


I had to share the decorations Ellie made (with some help from me) for our dining room window. If you can't tell the big blobby things are turkeys and there are also pumpkins and acorns. One turkey is holding a sign Ellie wrote that says, "Happy Thanksgiving to Everyone!".

Because of the recent changes to our family (adding a surprise newborn in particular) our Gratitude bucket tradition kind of went kaput. To compensate for this, we took an evening to list our blessings on the feathers of this turkey Ellie and I made. The turkey face/body is a tracing of Ellie's foot and the feathers are her hands.

Here is our gratitude list (in no particular order):

Jesus Christ
Parents
Brothers
Sisters
Stores
Warm House
Eating
Food
Clothes
The ability to care for foster babies
Vacation
Time Together
Cutie
Heidi
Peanut
Jason
Ellie
Ear Tubes
Safe Surgery
Running Cars
Health
Root Beer
Employment
President Monson
School
Extended Family
Our Testimonies
Good Friends
Sleep
Bath Time
Kids Laughing
Nose wrinkles
Dishwasher
Treats
Books
Games
Garden
Modern Conveniences
Canning
Knitting
Doctors
Running
Medicine
Mom Home with Kids
America

These are the blessings that were in our bucket before it got placed on the back burner:

Going hiking and camping-E
My two beautiful, smart, fun, song-singing, giggling, smart, goofy, sweet girls--J (no I didn't put smart in there twice, he did)
Coming home from work or school--J
Peanut--H
Going to the store with Ellie and holding her hand as we walk--J
The USofA! I love this country, my freedom and the right to vote.--H
Mom and Dad--E
Quiet at-home Sunday: reading books, watching "the music", waffles for dinner, cake-balls, and family time--H
Laughing on the couch with Ellie and Cutie--H
Ellie singing--J
I love my family--E
Peanut-E
I like to go with my family to stores--E

I also must add to this list that I am grateful for Thanksgiving food. We had the most amazing meal this evening: Two kinds of turkey (both turkeys were raised by my sister and her husband), delicious mashed potatoes, stuffing made from scratch, gravy you could eat like soup, Grandma Kindlespire's cranberry salad, green bean casserole, Aunt Alice's rolls (heaven on a plate, I tell you!), cranberries, yams, squash and I'm probably forgetting something... Not to mention at least 9 pies and a chocolate cake. Oh, how I LOVE Thanksgiving!

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