All posts tagged: thanksgiving

Twas The Night Before Blogging…

‘Twas the night before Fabulous Blogging, when all through the HomeOnDeranged Every bloppy was blogging, even time-zoned Lizzi (not that she’s deranged) Pen Paper Pad laid on the desk with care In hopes that Hasty Words would soon be there Carrie Anne Foster and TwinDaddy nestled all snug in their beds (not together) While visions of Enchanted Seashells danced in the rain – I mean danced in their heads (it was the weather) Gunmetal Geisha with Sand in Her Toes, and Aussa Lorens and her wonderfully unkempt locks, Rattled their brains against the muted voice of writer’s block. When out in Our Land there arose such a clatter, I summoned my Left Brain Buddha before seeing what was the matter Off to social media I flew like an indiebutterfly Threw open all tabs, and let out a sigh. Words of deliciousness and musings on motherhood Gave a lustre of calculated chaos out in the bloggerhood. And what to my wrinkled mommy eyes should appear But closet confessionals from a recovering pessimist! Elleroy was here? Like an honest mom with some bitch and some wine,   I knew in …

Please and Thank You…Say It With Me

From a young age, we are taught to say please and thank you. Over and over, we are told to use our manners, thanking someone for inviting us over for a playdate, thanking someone when we are given a compliment. We are encouraged to say thank you when a treat is bestowed upon us and we are expected to say thank you when we are given a gift. And yet, as we grow into adults focused on getting through a busy day, we throw out “thank yous” without truly meaning them. We often go through the motions, rushing to the next appointment, meeting, deadline without really seeing all the little moments we have to be thankful for, the little gems throughout our day, our week. We fling a thank you in the general direction of the person wishing us a good day, throw out a quick thank you to the one who paused to hold the door open for us. The slightest smile when we’re having a rough morning can change our mood if we allow …

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A Reflection Of Thanks – Photo Friday

This year I found a way to keep the act of being thankful going all month in our home. November 1st, I pulled out a set of dry erase markers, gathered the family around our hall mirror and asked them to write one thing they were thankful for that day. After a couple of (Mom has lost her marbles again) looks, they each wrote something. The beauty of this activity as the month progressed was in the moments I came upon one of my children, standing before the mirror, deep in thought, reflecting upon what they were thankful for that day. And, while early on they had to give it some thought, later in the month they had a couple of items a day they wanted to add which made my heart smile. The mirror became not only a reflection of thanks in words, but in images and memories. If you look closely at what is reflected in this great big hall mirror covered in words of thanks, you will all see what I am …

How Much Stuff Do We Really Need?

Every year we kick off the holiday season with Thanksgiving, a day when we stuff the turkey, stuff ourselves and give thanks for all the people and stuff in our lives. We’ve barely had time to digest the Turkey before we’re out the door to be the first ones in line to get more stuff to place under the Christmas tree for our family and friends, more stuff to ensure we are the most decorated house on the block, more stuff to find a place for, more stuff to dust, and more stuff to ultimately ignore. When is it enough? When is it too much? In this video, Father Scott J. Brown references a family in Ethiopia who seems content with twenty-eight possessions in a 360 square foot hut, a very different picture from the average 2500 square foot American household. At what point do we have enough stuff in our lives? Scott J. Brown is also a children’s author. His latest book, a must read, tells the story of three kings who face the dilemma of …