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Friday, December 6, 2013

Gratitude Part 3

Took me a while but I got it together. Here is the Grande Finale!

Day 25: The Christmas Season
I wish I didn't have to wait until after Thanksgiving to "start" Christmas. I told my kids maybe we should be like the rest of the world so we could jump straight from Halloween to Christmas! Why wait, right? This picture is from last year. This year we've put the tree up in a different spot. It's less intrusive, I think.

Day 26: The pup, Ellie-Mae Claire
I wrote before about how I had to re-home my beloved dachshund and about a year ago our only other dog ran away. We are a dog family and have always had a dog. Since we are renting I thought we were going to be a dogless family until we got into our own home again, but when a friend posted that she had these lab mix pups I mentioned it to Superman and we checked them out. HE fell in love with this beauty and she's been ours since June. She is part of our family like no other dog has been (not even my Bailey, I am sad to say) since Hubs and I were newlyweds! Haha!

Day 27: Baking, my one true "talent"

I have a lot of things I like to do. I used to do a lot of cross-stitch. Sometimes I knit. I sew a little, but not well enough to show you anything. (Not like my mother!) One thing I can do is bake. I like to bake! It's been a while since I've really put time and effort in but every year I make these Sweet Potato Crescents (apparently since 2000!) and they are always my contribution to Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner!

Day 28: Happy Thanksgivukkah!

This year I joined my BFF, Gypsy, and her family for a Thanksgiving/Chanukkah celebration. It was awesome. We had a fried turkey, latkes as well as traditional Thanksgiving fare (I made the mashed potatoes, a ton!), but mostly it was the celebration with friends. Superman went to visit his sister for Thanksgiving and I was happy to spare him (this one time). My parents came also and we had a great day! 

Day 29: Lazy Days
(Our Black Friday)
 I don't do "Black Friday." It's way over-rated and my "personal space" issues don't allow for big crowds and mean people. We did go to Target for a bit and to see "Catching Fire" (Awesome! but I cried through the whole thing) and out to eat, but then we came home and relaxed. It was great!

Day 30: Jesus Christ
I have already mentioned reading my scriptures, my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and going to church. Bottom line though is my belief in Jesus Christ. He is the reason I do all the other things. I am beyond grateful for my Faith. I believe it is a gift to believe in God and more. I believe that all the other good things in my life have come because of this faith and it is also the reason I can endure the not so great things. 

I don't think I will be doing this kind of gratitude posting again, but I will probably come up with another way to show my gratitude. Although I love jumping to Christmas, I am grateful for the time I spend being grateful and recognizing the good in my life. 

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