Grateful for Family

by Melanie Edwards on November 26, 2009 · 2 comments

in life

Thanksgiving Turkey

Today’s the day and I haven’t done one thing to prepare for it. Unlike last year where I was hosting and cooking Thanksgiving dinner at our house, this year my mother will be hosting. So, my contribution is to show up and be hungry. I am bringing an apple pie that baby girl requested we make, though.

Anyway, the important thing is that my daughter will be around extended family and will have fun seeing all the different food, people, and sharing with her family. As she gets older, she’s understanding more and more about the different holidays and what they all mean. In previous years, she was just dragged along for the visit. But, this year, she knows we’re celebrating a special occasion and even understands the overall meaning of Thanksgiving.

When asked what she wanted to do for Thanksgiving she answered, “I want to give someone a BIG turkey!” Another day she came home from preschool with a picture of us she drew and at the bottom the teacher had written:

I’m grateful for…my family!

You can tell they asked each of the kids, as I saw different answers up on their board.

I love that family is her answer. I am so proud of her and am just floored by how much change I can see in her as she grows. It’s interesting that I share her answer, since I too, am grateful this year for the lovely daughter I have. I’m grateful for the family that we’ve become.

I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving! Enjoy your families.

Share with us one thing you’re grateful for this year.

Photo: Coconut Recipes

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Elsa November 26, 2009 at 8:04 pm

I am grateful that after losing my mom in June of this year, my dad didn’t die in the car accident he had in October. I have mixed feelings about the holidays this year due to my mom’s passing but ever so thankful for my dad surviving that wreck.


Melanie (ModernMami) November 29, 2009 at 8:55 am

@Elsa, Oh sweetie. I can imagine the mixed feelings but like you said, it’s great that your dad is doing well after the accident. Glad you got some family time this Thanksgiving.


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