Thursday, November 22, 2012

Giving Thanks....

We had our Thanksgiving dinner a day early since mom has to work at the hospital on Thanksgiving Day, and we did not want to rush through dinner before she had to leave (and I am very thankful for those people who give up their holidays so that the people in need are not alone).  Mom and Heather and I put together a marvelous feast including all our favorite foods. We gathered around a nicely decorated table, took a picture for posterity (and tradition), and my nephew said Grace.

I had seen on Pinterest (yes, I am one of those... big grin) a neat place card idea. In the original pin, a napkin ring with a clip held a card with the dining guest's name and a Thanksgiving quote. Since we sat in our normal seats, we did not need place cards, but I did create the cards with various Thanksgiving quotes and attached them to the napkin ring clips.

We each read the quote attached to our napkin before we began the meal.  We also then told one (or more) things we were thankful for.  I love quotes that make people think, and thinking about being thankful is an added bonus.  Below are the quotes that I put on the various cards.

“Perhaps it takes a purer faith to praise God for unrealized blessings than for those we once enjoyed or those we enjoy now.”A.W. Tozer 
“Rest and be thankful.”William Wordsworth 
“We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.”Harry A. Ironside 
“Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayer and worn with thanks.”Thomas Goodwin 
“I'm actually muttering to myself, 'Thank you. . .thank you. . . thank you.' It's an odd way to live. But also kind of great and powerful. I've never before been so aware of the thousands of little good things, the thousands of things that go right every day.”A.J. Jacobs 
“This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes.”Elizabeth I Tudor 
“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.”Marcus Aurelius

We were thankful for many things...the food, family, friends, jobs, the military men and women who give up their lives and time with their families to protect us, our country that gives us the freedoms we celebrate, and many more things.

Most of all, we were thankful to be together.

And for the good food.  

But mostly for the together part.