11/24/11

thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! 

I hope you are all enjoying your holiday - cooking, eating, watching football, or whatever else makes up this day for you. We have had an absolutely wonderful day here. We slept in, made a fort in the living room, and watched the beginning of the Macy's parade. Then we went to the gym and had a nice long work out while Sawyer played in the childcare. We made spaghetti for lunch, and now Sawyer is taking a looong nap. No turkey for us, no traveling, no stress. It has been glorious. We celebrated Thanksgiving last weekend so I guess you could say we are off the hook today. I do believe that this is the way to go. It has been the most peaceful, idealistic family day that I can imagine. Just us three.

Even though we are not celebrating Thanksgiving in a traditional way, I do believe that there is so much value in the idea behind it. Although I strive to be thankful every day, today I am especially thinking about all the things I have to be grateful for.

Like piles and piles of laundry.
Because it means we have plenty of clothes to keep us warm and dry and comfortable. 

And even though I hate washing them, I am thankful for the never ending parade of dirty dishes. 
 Because it means we have an abundance of food and a clean place to prepare it in. 

Even though I think dreadful things when I trip over one of the many toys that litter the floor, I am thankful for this playroom. 
Because it means Sawyer has somewhere all his own to play and learn and make a mess and just be a kid. (Plus it means no toys in my living room. Yay!)

I am so SO thankful for this messy place all my own.
Because even though it is never clean and always cluttered, it means I have an overflow of things to keep my creative mind busy. It means I have a husband who has graciously carved out this space in our home. 
 
Of course I am thankful for so much. So very much. I have a lovely home, a healthy child, a good job, the best husband.... I could just go on and on. There is so much to be thankful for, even in the always-there-messes and the chaos and the stress of life. There is always something good. 

Happy Thanksgiving. 
I hope you all have so much to be thankful for today. 

Did you write a thanksgiving post? Leave a link in the comments. I would love to see.

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6 comments:

  1. What a wonderful post, makes me appreciate things in a whole new way. Thanks.
    http://anartfilledlife.blogspot.com/2011/11/thanksgiving.html

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  2. Sorry, I still can't figure out how to link up etc... I am a work in progress.

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  3. this is such a lovely post! xo so glad you're having a wonderful thanksgiving!

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  4. Such a great post! It's nice to see your studio is just as messy as mine...and all that means is there's lots of fun stuff in progress! Glad you had a relaxing Thanksgiving.

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  5. I was thinking of those same things to be thankful for! I try to explain that to my 5 year old son as well. This is a tough age, when he is starting to be so influenced by advertising and all the things he thinks he "needs"!

    http://laurascraftylife.blogspot.com/2011/11/happy-thanksgiving-2011.html

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  6. Allison,
    I really needed to read this! Thank you for changing my perspective :)

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