Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I have so much to be thankful for...

It's the day before Thanksgiving and I have so much that I am thankful for. But this year, I'm especially thankful for my mother.  She has always believed in me, loved me in spite of my headstrong and even sometimes defiant attitudes, and never gave up on me.  She brought us to church when we were children and made sure that we were there every time the church doors were open.  She had a lot of problems in her life, issues, hang-ups, quirks, attitudes - don't we ALL?  But she has ALWAYS been there for me and kept on trusting in God no matter what.  Thank You God, that You chose HER to be MY mother.  Here she is with both of my sons at Tony's wedding this past summer.    
Tony, mom, and Aaron

Anyway, I'm so grateful for all of my family and just wanted to take a few minutes to say so.  We don't normally get together on Thanksgiving day because my sister and her family go to Canton to see her husband's family and my son Tony and his wife and children go to her side of the family for the actual turkey day.  So, for the last 5 or 10 years or so, we have been getting together either on Friday or Saturday after Thanksgiving.  It's not that big of a deal to me - because it's all about being with family and loved ones anyways - so I would much rather wait until they can all be there rather than try to rush through dinner, or have someone now show up at all.

Last year on Thanksgiving day, mother invited me to come and have dinner with her!  She cooked a big spread and it was just her and I.  We had such a nice time just talking the afternoon away.  We might do it again this year - except that she has a touch of the flu or something and is not sure that I should come there.

Families are very special and we take them for granted - don't we?  We never know when a holiday season with a loved one might be our last - so we shouldn't take anything for granted.  Take time this Thanksgiving to tell the people in YOUR family how thankful you are and how much they mean to you.  

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Well, it's official!  I have my own place.  I'm moving in about 3 weeks to an apartment in the north end of Columbus.  It's time.  My roommate has been terrific, and we get along GREAT, but it's time for me to be back in my own place.

     These next 3 weeks are going to be a blur - I'm moving the weekend of Dec 10th and then right after that (Dec 14th) I have my Ohio State Medical Board Licensure Exam (yes, that's a Tuesday!).  My roommate will be in and out of town with her travels and helping her mother move to Florida - so we will barely catch each other coming and going over the next 23 days - but I can't wait.  Just please PRAY that that week-end in December will be VERY MILD so that I can move my jungle of houseplants to the new place without all of them dying!

     My family also gets together in December to bake Christmas cookies, and although I'm really not feeling it this year (yet), I know that the grandchildren all look forward to it and have to find time for that in December as well.  I can't believe that Thanksgiving is next week and Christmas is a little over a month away!  Wow.

     For Thanksgiving, I'm going to my son and daughter-in-law's home in Newark.  They are the only ones that have a home big enough to hold all of us.  We don't really get together (the entire family) any other time of year, so this time is very special for me.  Plus, it seems like the "kick-off" for the holiday season and we talk about how we are going to decorate and when we are going to get together to bake cookies, etc.  The women in my family get together the first or second week of December to bake Christmas cookies with the children.  We all try to make 1 or 2 dozen of something different and then we "exchange" with each other so that we have a wide variety of cookies to take home.

     This year I am going to start a NEW TRADITION.  I have a World Vision Catalog, and on Thanksgiving Day, when the whole family is together, we are going to look through the catalog and decide (as a family) what we want to "give" to a needy family in another country for Christmas.  We can purchase a pig or a goat or 2 bunnies or 2 chicks or a combination or variety of animals to give to a family in a less-fortunate country. 

~~ Check out World Visions website to make a one-time donation for the holidays ~~

So, what are YOU doing for Thanksgiving this year?  Are you traveling or having family to your house?  Let me know!