Thanksgiving: The Quiet Holiday


Country MoonThanksgiving is the quiet holiday, tucked between fun-loving Halloween and the reflective days of Christmas. All too often it gets gobbled up – pardon the pun – in early preparations for the holidays. Nevertheless, it is a time to be thankful and also to say thank you.

When I count my blessings I start with the big ones; my family, our health, our dear friends and our good fortune through the years. God saw fit to make me wait until I was nearly 30 years old to bless me with my soul mate and partner of the last 27 years, my husband Jim. It has been nothing short of amazing since day one. A year ago my dear cousin Vicky was battling pancreatic cancer. Through divine help and sheer determination and courage she has become the victor.

Professionally, God has brought me back to writing, a passion that got pushed aside because life got in the way for many years. Now I am engaged in many projects combining writing and photography, my two passions in life. Thanks to GRIT to be able to blog on this site, I have a creative outlet. On larger projects I have found an amazing person and collaborator in Steph. We call ourselves “The Odd Couple” because we are three decades apart in age, have totally different views on many subjects, but work like a fine-tuned machine on creative projects. The best part is I know I have found another friend for life in her.

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Those are the big ones, but I am also thankful for all the small things in my life that bring me joy. I have seen a thousand sunsets, but will still sit for hours and marvel at each new one. I hate spiders, but love their webs. They are so intricate and delicate, and add a few dew drops and each one is a masterpiece. I love the smell of pine, the scent and quiet of the morning, and laughter with friends.

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