Reflecting on this past year and where my heart is and being thankful.
We are just about to Thanksgiving, I’m sure many of you have already celebrated. Are you preparing now or have you already celebrated? We are having ours on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a bit different this year. We actually ordered BBQ. Yep, BBQ!
I guess Smoked Turkey counts, right? Plus we will have Smoked Ham too, so I’m sure it will all work. Then, my mom and I are making side dishes to go with it. It actually simplified a lot of the work and stress of the big feast. I don’t even have to do anything today, all the prep I will do in the morning and it should only take maybe an hour.
Not only that…we are using paper plates. That’s right, let’s have a day without dishes.
I am truly working to simplify my life, letting go of the things that may not hold the value they once did and move forward with what does.
I have noticed that so many things take hold of me personally but probably most of us in our daily life, from the extra activities for school to work that bogs us down. I notice my kids begging for my attention but I’m too busy to stop and fully focus on them. It’s really weighed on me a lot lately, so as we go into Thanksgiving, my hope is that I can really simplify things. I hope that although I’ll be in the kitchen for a bit, most of my time will be spent right there with my family, playing with the kids and enjoying good conversation.
What I’m trying to avoid doing…getting obsessively freaked out about a clean house. Anyone else have this issue? I do obsess over having my house in what my husband calls ‘museum’ quality. This year, I’m cleaning the guest bathroom and dealing with the fact the others were cleaned recently and they can be dealt with later.
Simplify…I may have to force myself to do it but goodness I am going to try!
This year I’m thankful for so many things and one of the biggest for me is my family, and if I am so thankful for them I want to be 100% present for them too. So this Thanksgiving, we scaled back, we have a little help with the main dishes, and I plan to enjoy every second of it!
I am thankful to have my family around the table and praying for those who may not have that. I have so many friends and family dealing with hard life issues and health issues this holiday and my heart goes out to them. I am praying for them and remembering them.
I hope you all enjoy your Thanksgiving and remember to truly be PRESENT! If there is anything I have learned this past year, we never know what tomorrow may bring so enjoy today and be thankful.
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