This year we find ourselves in Washoe Valley for Thanksgiving with Timm's brother and his family. This is the first time I can ever remember traveling to spend this holiday with family. Most of Timm's family and almost all of my family are located in Las Vegas. Just a few of the immediate family are living elsewhere. So it is a treat to spend time with John and his gang for Turkey Day. My family is spread out this holiday. Mom, Dad and my brother are in Chino Valley at my cousin's harvest celebration along with her sister and family. Both my sisters are home in Vegas but with other sides of their families. I'm thinking next year we'll have Thanksgiving at my house for eveyone that would like to attend.
We all have so much to be thankful for each and every day but it is this day that really brings it all into focus for us all. In today's world, we all lead such busy lives that it is difficult to spend time with loved ones that live in our own town, let alone across the state and beyond. It's nice to slow down (if that's what you call the holiday season) and spend time with family and friends, enjoy a meal together, share in some much needed bonding moments, and more.
I am so thankful for my health, even though I don't take care of myself the way I should. I appreciate the doctors that follow up and ask what I can do better without beating me up over it. Timm hasn't gotten bronchitus in the last year or two, for that I am most thankful. The kids were both lost their jobs this year, Scott has found a new job (although it is considered temporary), Chris is still looking for work. I am thankful they have been able to make ends meet with a little side work now and then along with unemployment. I am thankful we have been able to help out when needed and still manage a couple of weekend camping trips this year. Although Timm has been with Martin Harris 32 years, he still is concerned about his job. We are thankful he has been busy enough to not lose any hours. Lifestyles for everyone have changed...and maybe that is what we all needed to some degree. I know we all take much less for granted these days.
I wish each of my friends, family, and you a Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you spend it with family and friends blessed with a bountiful meal and a good heaping portion of kindness and love. Share you blessings with others, give of yourself, your time, and your bounty. So many need a little extra help this season and the littlest things can mean so much. Lord, bless us all, keep us in your care.