Being thanksgiving-full on Thanksgiving Day

“Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home.” Wilber D. Nesbit, I hope you are always right. I always want to be full of family on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Day to me means being full.

I have a saying that I (unfortunately) say throughout the year when I happen to over-indulge. “Thanksgiving-full”. This is the feeling of being too full of food. Stuffed. Like the turkey. (although we don’t actually stuff our turkeys)

Every Thanksgiving Day, I eat all the sides (I mean carbs), I eat all the desserts and just a little turkey and ham. I am full. Stretchy-pants-Thanksgiving-full.

Thanksgiving-full can also be a positive thing when you are full of all the other things Thanksgiving Day should offer.

Full of family, love, blessings, full of thanksgiving for your blessings throughout the year, grandparents, full houses, full of laughter, and of course full stomachs.

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My sister-n-law/cousin, Marti and I, cooking Thanksgiving dinner

“Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not a coincidence.” -Erma Bombeck

Thanksgiving Day is a day to join together. No matter if it is only you and your children, your extended family or friends for a Friendsgiving. Be together. Laugh and enjoy each other.

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“Thanksgiving is the front door to all the holidays.”-Dedra Davis

I said last year in a blog post that ‘Thanksgiving is the front door to the holidays’ -Christmas and New Year’s. It is the less-stressful get-together that allows us to love each other and celebrate the wonderful-ness in our lives.

Read last years Thanksgiving post here.

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Long, communal table at Flora Springs, in Napa

We gather around a table and eat and drink together making new memories every year. It is a time to reflect upon the year and the blessings that were given to you. Even if the year has not been a particularly good one, you can always find something to be thankful for. It is a day to delight in all God has given you, in the relationships that you have nourished and the food that has been prepared.

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In-law’s, niece, nephew and brother-n-law with my kids. Where is Mark?

Like all years, I am always grateful for my family. My husband. My children. My parents and my in-laws. I am always grateful for my two brothers and my sister, for Mark’s brother, Dave and his wife, Marti. I am very thankful for my nieces and nephews that I have been blessed with. And aunts and uncles. Family!

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Last Christmas at Sundance Square, in Fort Worth, with my parents

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. – W. J. Cameron

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action. - W. J. Cameron #thanksgivingday Click To Tweet

I am always thankful for my grandparents and the memories I cherish. They are all in heaven, at a long Thanksgiving table looking down on us.

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Thanksgiving from long ago, with my grandparents aunt and my father

Being thankful for my friends and our relationships, is always a must. We are constantly making new memories of love, travel and lots of laughter and together.

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We were blessed to travel several times this year. This was Napa.

My writing makes me extremely grateful. For finally finding the will, the courage, the ability and opportunity. And I am always thankful for those that read my ramblings. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I appreciate the time you take to read.

I am always grateful for the simple pleasures, the joys and delights throughout the year. I am thankful that even on a gloomy day outside (and sometimes a gloomy day in my heart) I can see joy;I can see God. I feel that is a gift and is why I am a cheery soul more days than not.

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Thankful for my pups-Jemma and the weenteam-Charli and Marta!

It is gratitude that makes Thanksgiving Day a holiday. Not the food, although the food is a major character at the table. Gratitude warms the table, warms the heart and warms the relationships.

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My precious family, Cameron, Danni, Mark, and Alex

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. – Cicero

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues. – Cicero #thanksgiving Click To Tweet

I hope for you a Thanksgiving Day that is Thanksgiving-full of family, love, laughter and too many blessings to count. Oh, ya, and food. I hope you get Thanksgiving-full!

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my family, circa 1988 (I was pregnant with Danni)

Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” Thessalonians 5:10

Love and blessings~dd

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