Happy Thanksgiving week, dear Internet peeps! I’m truly thankful for each of you as you’ve come along this journey with me. Blogging has sure been an exciting ride for me, and I thank you for sticking with me as my precious little boy has slightly altered my time commitment to ya’ll. Some days, let me be honest, I wish that weren’t so. But at the same time, I wouldn’t trade it for anything. My journaling has waned throughout the last seven years, but since Brennan was born, I’ve been journaling my favorite moments with him during the day, special moments of his development, and heartfelt cries on the days that are rough in the trenches. All to say, a breath of new life has come to my journaling because of the one I wouldn’t trade for anything. In fact, I’ll need a new one soon (if any family member needs an idea for a Christmas gift). <wink>
My folks came into town this past weekend to celebrate my momma’s birthday. After two weeks of colds being passed along in our household, Brennan finally got it. I took him to the doctor this morning to be sure he didn’t have an ear infection, and sure enough, a doozy of one is in his right ear…his first one! We’re pumping him with meds and praying for the little guy to feel ok during our flights tomorrow. How can a sick little guy still be this happy? At least he seemed to enjoy the piece of dog kibble he ate today. And the leaf that I found in his mouth last week didn’t seem to bother him all that much either…he even slept through a nap with it. I finally discovered it before he started eating his dinner. His momma needs to be more watchful!
So this weekend ended up being quite restful and low key as we pigged out on some scrumptious Mexican food, hot turkey sandwiches with a Gruyere cheese sauce, and German chocolate cake. It’s a grand way to usher in the holiday season. Matt and I are trying to lose 10 lbs. each, and why we think we can start this weight loss regime, which has no specific plan to it except for quality (for me) and quantity (for him) control, during the holidays, is simply nonsensical. But we’ll try.
My momma came to the rescue this weekend big time! For Thanksgiving, I am in charge of a pecan pie and some good ol’ southern cornbread dressing from a recipe past down through my family for generations. Screw the weight loss plan. <grin> It was my first time making the stuffing and I did some prep work on it this weekend. At the grocery store, I was supposed to get turkey neck to boil. Don’t ask me why, oh why, I thought that “gizzards” were just another name for turkey neck. So on Saturday morning, I boiled gizzards for four hours. When I told Momma I wasn’t sure if they turned out right because they looked kinda funny, she went over to take a peak. She nearly vomited. Ok, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but no wonder I couldn’t “shred the meat” of the gizzards! You’re not supposed to shred organs! When Matt told his family I was busy boiling gizzards, their reply was “Oh, she puts those in the dressing, too?”. They’ll be very relieved to know my momma stepped in to rescue the dressing from going in a direction that certainly wouldn’t be as appetizing. And guess what…the neck looks like a neck: long and neck-like!
Here are some things I’m thankful for this year:
- A hubby who has stuck with me throughout all of my emotional ups and downs this year, who is a committed teammate who cheers me on, who helps me every step of the way, who is an incredible Daddy, and who works so hard to take care of us.
- A baby who has brightened up my life immeasurably more than what I can put into words.
- My God who has been so gracious and tender to me as I stepped into this new role of mommy hood. The ways I’ve seen His faithfulness to me are numerous. He has been “the stability of my times, a wealth of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge.” (Isaiah 33:6)
- The gift of laughter.
- Friends. Friends whom I can be completely myself around and they still love me.
- Being able to stay home with Brennan.
- My Molly who is such a comfort to me, who allows me to snuggle up to her and get lost in her silkiness.
- A God who is constant, unchanging, and completely good...no matter what is going on in life. As Beth Moore poignantly wrote today, our lives are like “…a wild concoction of joy, laughter, pain, and bewilderment. Our one true unmovable thing is Jesus. He continues to be the uncontested center of life around here. Even when we waver, wander, or stumble, He remains steadfast and faithful.” Amen.
- A roof over my head. Running water. A heater to turn on when it’s cold outside. An A/C to run 24/7 when it’s hot as blazes. Food on the table.
- A family who is incredibly supportive, encouraging, and so much fun to be with.
- A safe and pretty neighborhood to take our daily walks.
- That I’m loved.
- That we can go the doctor when we need to, with easy access to medicine, and for the good health that we’re in.
- That we won’t be eating an assortment of turkey organs in our stuffing this year.
What are some things you’re thankful for this year? I hope you have a most memorable and special Thanksgiving! Again, I’m thankful for ya’ll, too, and it’s a joy to share life with you, in all of its “wild concoctions”. Blessings, friends.