Giving Thanks

13 Nov

We have a lot to be thankful for this year. In less than two weeks, we’ll be celebrating the first Thanksgiving in our new house complete with turkey, stuffing and all the trimmings.  Our travels for the year are over (except for a trip to the North Pole up north to chop down our Christmas tree) and we’re finally settling in to this desert abode of ours.

As we look back on this whirlwind of a year and look forward to the holiday season and year ahead, it seemed appropriate that we pause to reflect on a few things we are thankful for. I bookmarked this link last year (since Pinterest wasn’t around yet) and bought a pretty glass hurricane jar and some autumn-colored scrapbook paper this week.

The idea is that we write down one thing we are thankful for every day leading up to Thanksgiving. We started on Thursday, which means we’ll have 15 notes each (30 total) to read on Turkey Day. The burnt orange and fiery red papers look so festive in there that we’re considering making it part of our Thanksgiving table centerpiece.

We’re hoping to make this a tradition in our new home, archiving the notes of gratitude each year. It should be a neat way to look back on years past and something fun that future kiddos can participate in.

We’ve promised each other that there won’t be any peeking till Turkey Day, but I have a feeling we were both thankful for the same thing yesterday.

On an otherwise cloudy day, we brought home this little ray of sunshine. His name is Garfield and he LOVES belly rubs. He’s a little shy, but we have a feeling we’ll coax him out of his shell. Right now, he’s most comfortable on the first step of the top of our stairs, which is where we took this picture. Last night, it was hard to distinguish between the pitter patter of the rain and the pitter patter of Garfield prowling around house (at least the upstairs part).

We think that he’s going to enjoy the smell of turkey roasting in the oven in a couple of weeks. And for that we are thankful.

Psst: You can read a few of the notes we included in our Thanks Jar here.

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3 Responses to “Giving Thanks”

  1. Cleo November 14, 2011 at 10:56 am #

    I’m thrilled to have a “kitty cousin”! He looks like he’s just the right color for The Desert Abode. If he hasn’t already, in a few days he’ll have his humans purrfectly trained. Welcome cousin Garfield!

    P.S. If he needs any pointers on clawing and scratching technique, I’m always available for consult.

  2. Janelle November 14, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    I love pinterest! My roommate just introduced me to it, but it’s quickly becoming an addiction.

    And I’m so happy to be a kitty aunt! Welcome to the family, Garfield :-)

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