Thanksgiving is definitely one of my favourite annual celebrations! I absolutely love everything about it. The Autumn season is just beginning to show itself in the beautiful colours that surrounds us, it usually means spending time with family and of course turkey dinner is my absolute favourite tradition.
Growing up, I don’t ever remember having any set thanksgiving traditions. We always visited some family but since my family lives all over Ontario, it was always a different crowd, which I did really appreciate. A “typical” thanksgiving and the ones that I guess did become a little more traditional were the ones spent at our camp on Onaping Lake. My Grandma Tuula and Mom would make dinner while my sister and I would either help or more often just play outside and explore. We’d have turkey, never ham, (there’s nothing wrong with ham! But, at thanksgiving, you want a turkey! Right?!) and my grandma would make this turnip casserole that was delicious and root veggies, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries and of course the most important dish… stuffing!
Last year was the first year that I was married and therefore get to have three thanksgiving dinners! Being able to celebrate with my new relatives was so special to me since being married just means more people to love and love you.
This year, I am even more excited since we are heading down to Windsor this weekend! My sister, Vangie, moved to Windsor last year to begin culinary school. My mom has a lot of relatives who are also in Windsor and so Vangie has been staying with my Aunt and Uncle who have been such a huge blessing to her. I only have the one sibling and I miss her so much. Being able to celebrate my favourite holiday with her is going to be so special for me (especially since she’s in culinary school… which means this girl is going to be eating good! Hehe).
Aside from the food and the beautiful leaves and the family that make thanksgiving so special, this holiday traditionally celebrates the harvest season and blessing that the food will bring in the coming months. It’s a time where we are to be reminded of the things that God has blessed us with and a reminder to have thankful hearts. This year, as well as every year, I have so much to be thankful for.
The first and biggest blessing in my life is my husband, Eythan. I Haven’t tooted his horn too much on my blog but man oh man, does he ever deserve it. I’m so proud of the man he is and is becoming. He works so hard to provide for our family. I really admire his work ethic and drive to pursue health and help others do so too. I know he loves me like crazy and continually shows me compassionate love. I’m so thankful to have a husband who also strives to lead our family in the direction of Christ daily. Ok, ok he isn’t perfect! He leaves his socks all over our house 😉 , but I am so truly thankful that I get to have him by my side. I love him more than words can express.
Speaking of how great my husband is, he also made one of the best decisions of his life last year (I’m not even talking about marrying me!) and got me a dog! Lacey has become my daily companion and I couldn’t imagine our home without that crazy, weirdo of a mutt. To some people a dog is just a pet but not to me. I spend a lot of time at home and without her around I know that I’d have a much more difficult time. She keeps me entertained and comforted throughout the day and never fails to make me feel better. She has developed this hilarious little personality that makes me laugh all day long. I think I’m a little too in love with my dog but that that’s ok because God knew I needed her in my life.
Those are two big things that I am thankful for this season and thank God for every day. It’s easy to thank him for the big things that are always present and evident in your life but It’s also so important to continually have this attitude of thanksgiving at all times of the year, and for all the little things too. This morning, as I write this, I am thankful for the fireplace that I am currently sitting next to. And the delicious tea that’s making me feel very cozy. I’m thankful for the family members in my life who love me and who I have great relationships with. I’m thankful for jigsaw puzzles and essential oils and Advil. I’m thankful for my dishwasher… yup, I love that thing.
This week, it was my great aunt’s 81st birthday and I went with my grandmother to celebrate with all my other great aunts. One of my aunts was saying how she has been trying lately to find something in her day that is amazing. Amazing things don’t have to be extravagant but when we acknowledge these things we become grateful for their presence in our lives. I think this is such a good practise and have tried to do so as well this week which has only brought my attention more to the Lord and his awesomeness.
Today, I feel good. That’s a huge victory and God has blessed me this week in that way. There is ALWAYS something in your life that God has graciously blessed you with. Every good thing comes from Him. Let this holiday of Thanksgiving be a reminder to be thankful in this season but let your heart be reminded daily of the amazing things that God has put into your life.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!