Thankful Memories

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." John Fitzgerald Kennedy
"At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person.Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us." Albert Schweitzer
"Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others." Cicero
"Every good gift and every perfect giftis from above..." James 1:17 KJV

Today, most of us are probably enjoying time and a meal with family and friends. Some will watch football, parades, holiday movies and the like.

I, for one, am grateful to God.

For friends, for family, for love, for life.

Today's 300th Post Giveaway celebrates gratitude. It is two parts--one is a lovely journal. Yes, an actual pen and paper journal. Odd, I know, but there is still something about physically WRITING one's thoughts. The second part is a long-lost art as well--stationery. Specifically, some beautiful thank you notes from English Tea Paperie. I won them in a silent auction we had, and I already have loads of Chloe's stationery, so I thought I'd include these in our giveaway.

Leave a comment telling what YOU are grateful for! Today's giveaway will merge into tomorrow's, and we'll be picking TWO winners after midnight on Friday!

I'm grateful for you, all of my bloggy friends! Happy Thanksgiving!


georgie said...

I am Thankful/Grateful for so many things...

I am praying for all those affected by the attacks in India

Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving

Jenners said...

I'm cheating a little bit as I'm pasting in what I wrote on my own blog today. I'm thankful for:

* my husband and son -- without them I'd be a lonely and unhappy little lady. They are the center of my world.

* chocolate -- never met a piece of dark chocolate I didn't like. One of the supreme pleasures of life, followed closely by...

* warm bread and butter -- another of my main pleasures in life. Nothing better than really good bread with loads of dripping butter. And how about those Chesapeake Bay biscuits from Red Lobster? I don't even like seafood that much but I'll eat there just for those biscuits!

* good friends -- don't be upset that I put you after chocolate and bread, I'm a little hungry while I'm writing this so they came to mind first. Your humor, support and willingness to be there when needed makes all the difference in life. I'm talking to you Nina, Colleen, Kay, Beth, Denise, Rhonda, Donna and Becky! (I know you are lurking out there somewhere!) (If I forgot someone, I am so embarrassed and ashamed. I feel like Hilary Swank when she forgot to mention her husband at the Oscars. Of course, they did get divorced later but... hey, I'm rambling now...)

* blogging -- although this is something new for me, I didn't realize how much I needed this type of creative outlet. I used to publish a zine when I was just out of college but stopped a long time ago to pursue a career (albeit a less than shining and rewarding career) and then motherhood. As a stay-at-home mom, I needed a creative outlet, and blogging has been so rewarding and fun. And there is nothing like a comment to add some sunshine to your day! I'm thankful for the new people I am finding through blogging; it is fun to share your life and invite you into mine!

* my house -- I love that I'm fortunate enough to live in a house that I love and a neighborhood that is alive with children and has tall trees. I love that the house is in good shape -- unlike our previous house, which was falling down around our ears.

* my son's school and teacher -- it was so hard to put him into school when he was so used to being with me every hour of the day, but he LOVES going to school now and has made several good friends. It is such a joy to see how excited he is to go to school and hear about all the different types of things he is learning. He has a really terrific teacher this year who is bringing out all kinds of amazing things from my son. Plus I treasure the time he is at school (as selfish as that may sound). Without his time in school, I don't think I'd be as good a mom to him as I could be.

* books -- my whole life I've been a reader and I'm thankful for all the great books I've read and the ones I have yet to discover. Books have taken me on so many wonderful journeys and transported me out of my mundane and sometimes difficult life so often that I don't know what I would do without them.

* my parents -- now that I am a parent myself, I realize that you did a really good job raising me (despite all my claims to the contrary). I'm glad you are now able to enjoy your retirement, and I hope you realize you "done good" with us kids.

Happy Thanksgiving, ElleBee. I am also grateful for making a connection with you and your blog!

C. Beth said...

Where do I start?

My family, both "real" and church. My God, who is faithful whether or not I am. That's a start.

I'd keep going but I told my beautiful little girl I'd play with her.

heather said...

I'm thankful for you, of course! Love you!

sunrae said...

Happy Turkey Day!!!

I am thankful for my healty happy Family, My wonderful friends, and grateful for all the luxries that I do have. when I when I sit down and think how many people in this world don't even have a quarter of what my family and I have.

Sandra said...

Your 300th post? That is definitely something to be celebrated. I'm impressed.

I am thankful for all the normal things, God, family, country, friends, but I guess the thankful that comes to mind right now is that I'm thankful for a day that encourages us to remember to be thankful!

Jenners said...


I had left a comment here yesterday but see it didn't show up! I had linked to my "I'm thankful for" post but I guess I did something wrong!

Anyway, one of the things I said was I'm thankful for the new friends I am meeting through blogging ... like you! Hope you had a great holiday!