Final horses sketch for a spread of MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN

Final horses sketch for a spread of MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN

*12 x 12 members: please come back on the 6th for the featured author post. I gave a week extension because of the holiday, but I promise you won’t be disappointed! πŸ™‚

On this Thanksgiving week, I once again look in wonder upon the multitude of blessings in my life. So much so that I took pause earlier this week to reflect upon what the “giving” part of the holiday means and how I can do more.

Usually in these posts, I focus on the small things I’m grateful for, because they are often overlooked. This week I’ve interspersed some of the big things too.

Quotes on Gratitude

β€œRest and be thankful.” — William Wadsworth Longfellow

β€œWe would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction.” — Harry A. Ironside

β€œLife without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road.” — John Henry Jowett

Gratitude list for the week ending November 30th

  1. The health and happiness of my two children. Nothing matters more.
  2. The ability to host family members for a Thanksgiving dinner, abundant with food and warmth and love (and a fire!)
  3. My home. Even when things go “wrong” as they did this week, I know how fortunate we are to have one.
  4. My dog. Despite the fact that he runs off through the neighborhood and drives me crazy. He also flops all 85 pounds of himself on my lap and then looks up at me with pleading eyes so I’ll scratch his chin.
  5. Being able to do what I love to do for a living
  6. Seeing Susan Eaddy’s final sketch for the horses illustration for MY LOVE FOR YOU IS THE SUN
  7. My college-age cousin peeled the potatoes for me on Thanksgiving. I DESPISE peeling potatoes! The fact that I didn’t have to do it was one of the best parts of Thanksgiving – seriously! πŸ™‚
  8. Seeing Catching Fire with my mom. SO. GOOD. !!!
  9. My kids helped clean and decorate the house this week without even being asked. And all was harmonious the whole time.
  10. Michigan played well against Ohio State, even if it was a heartbreaking final 30 seconds.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Family and friends at Thanksgiving, a lovely sunrise from my study window, finishing the Times Crossword (with help from the Thanksgiving guests), seeing the lights in the trees at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA–truly a spectacular sight!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, Julie! I am so thankful for you and all you do for 12 x 12. You are a true inspiration for all of us.

  3. First, I’m grateful my dog, Pepper, is healthy. Without getting nitty gritty, he was having some tummy trouble and he finally is feeling better after a week. My scheduling of his vet appointment for January couldn’t be more important. Pepper’s going on 12 years (70+ in dog years) and no one in my family has had a dog live their long, they either go missing or had to be put down, so I’m grateful Pepper until this year has been as healthy as he has been.

    Like you, Julie, I’m grateful I have a home, even though there are just aspects to it that just plain aren’t functional, through no fault of our own, and it really is like cramming three different universes in one small galaxy….

    Living in a cottage is fine when you’re a hermit or it’s you, a friend or spouse and a pet or two, but three grown adults living in a cottage is like living a “Three Stooges” sketch almost every day, minus the pies to the face,and having made a competent HOMEMADE apple pie that took a lot of effort, would drive me up the wall to have it used for a comedy gag!

    That said, I’m the main cook in the house (Though I mostly cook for myself), and and I personally don’t mind peeling potatoes, since I make a lot of homemade broths and stocks that are a great way to extend to use of vegetable peelings if you don’t make compost for a garden.

    But I hate having to wash a ton of dishes by hand, In my first place (Which I’ll HOPEFULLY move into by this time next year) there MUST be a dishwasher, or room in the kitchen to put one in! It wouldn’t be so bad if I lived by myself with just Pepper, but even when I don’t cook and am eating leftovers, dishes pile up fast!

    Anyway, I’m glad I got to the end of PIBoIdMo 2013 with 30 ideas to show for it, and I narrowed down my top 5 ideas that I’m confident to face the agents with if I win that, but elevator pitches are not my strong suit, but I won’t go there, I’m just grateful I met the initial challenge.

  4. Did Ohio State win? I don’t watch football, but I love Ohio State because I was born in Ohio (lived in PA all my life). I’m rambling. πŸ™‚ Glad you had a great Thanksgiving. I was grateful for my Grandmother and Great-Uncle coming this weekend (they left about 1 hour ago.

  5. Happy for all your happiness, Julie! I am also very thankful for friends in New York who have become as family to me.

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