Why I’m Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday today surrounded by family and friends. I am very thankful for the opportunity to spend today cherishing the ones I love.

We started the day with Thanksgiving lunch with my family. I’m especially thankful to have one person at the Thanksgiving table this year, my Papa. He has had a really rough year healthwise, and honestly a few months ago none of us expected to celebrate another Thanksgiving or Christmas with him. I am thankful he pulled through such a dire situation, and at the happy young age of 80, I am grateful he is still with us.

My only wish is that we could have spent more time at my family’s lunch, but we had to cut our time short. We hosted my in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner this year, so I spent the afternoon cooking. We took a shortcut with the turkey and ordered a smoked turkey during a fundraiser for one of the local high school clubs. It was well worth every penny and one of the most delicious turkeys I have ever eaten. I’m already contemplating all the recipes I want to make with the leftovers!

After dinner, we enjoyed the time we all had to relax from our busy schedules and catch up. The girls were so happy to spend time with their aunt and were bouncing off the walls. Okay, maybe the cherry yum yum had a little something to do with it, but I did cut the sugar in half this year! They were so worn out from all the excitement both girls crashed shortly after our family left.

After the girls were in bed I wanted to do what I would normally do, retreat to the kitchen to clean up the mess left behind from our festivities. Instead, I decided the dishes can wait. I made coffee and curled up on the couch with my wonderful husband and enjoyed the rest of our evening together before he had to retreat to bed for another day of work tomorrow. I’m thankful I have enjoyed another year by his side, a year without cancer clouding us. I’m thankful for his unconditional love, his support in my newest business venture, and I’m thankful that he works hard for our family every day. The dishes can always wait. We never know when our time with our loved ones will come to an end, and I’m thankful for every moment I have to share with them.

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Jenn is from Upstate, SC, and loves that she gets to work from home to be with her two little girls. Jenn has been happily married to her very own Superman, Ben, for over a decade, and spends her time reading, writing short stories, doing freelance work and blogging, crafting, riding motorcycles, watching Clemson football, and enjoying life with her family.

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