When this coming Thursday rolls around, I'll join the rest of the nation in acknowledging Thanksgiving Day. I'll be mindful all day long of expressing gratitude for my family and for the many other blessings in my life. As for the Thanksgiving feast, we did that part today.
My younger daughter and her husband have a blended family. They have five children between them, and the three older ones have significant others of their own. Between two sets of parents each, plus future in-laws, it takes a lot of planning and flexibility for the kids to spend time with all their family members during the holidays. Today, all of them came together for an early Thanksgiving dinner except the oldest boy, who's a U.S. Marine stationed in Virginia. His girlfriend joined us in his absence.
I feel so content right now. My belly is full of turkey and all the trimmings, and the refrigerator is full of leftovers for tomorrow. Most of all, my heart is full of love for these special people who are my family. They're warm and witty, and there's so much laughter when we're all together that a smile stays on my face for hours afterward.
Life is good. One day probably isn't enough for Thanksgiving anyway.