This is probably the first time in all our 26 years of marriage that we spent Thanksgiving by ourselves. If we didn't go to someone's home (family or friends) then we had someone that didn't have family near by, to come and join us. This year was different, Amy, John and Angie had John's family in town and spent most of their time with that side of the family and since my surgery we haven't done much cooking AT ALL. A dear friend of ours called us up last week and said "Lynn, I am going to bring your Thanksgiving dinner to you is that ok?" What could I say, just the thought of staying up and in the kitchen for hours with Jeff and the kids to make Thanksgiving dinner made me tired. How grateful we were today ,when she and her sister-in-law and her sweet niece brought our whole Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. I wondered if we seemed awkward? It felt that way, I have always believed in the saying THAT IT IS BETTER TO GIVE THAN RECIEVE, at least I know it is easier. I didn't know how to thank them for such a generous gift and yet at the same time it was all we could do not to ask them to stay and eat it with us. It was a wonderful dinner but a lonely one. We have received so much lately from family and friends that it is a bit hard to take. How I wish that I was in the position to do the same things for others. We have been many times, but lately it seems like all we have done is receive, and that is harder than it looks!
I hope each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and had the time to reflect on how blessed we all are. I will close tonight with one of my favorite quotes on GRATITUDE!
"GRATITUDE IS A MARK OF A NOBLE SOUL AND A REFINED CHARACTER.
WE LIKE TO BE AROUND THOSE WHO ARE GRATEFUL.
THEY TEND TO BRIGHTEN ALL AROUND THEM.
THEY MAKE OTHERS FEEL BETTER ABOUT THEMSELVES.
THEY TEND TO BE MORE HUMBLE, MORE JOYFUL, MORE LIKABLE."
Thanks so much for being such a wonderful and important part of our lives!
Lynn, Jeff , Lauren and Lee