Wednesday, November 23, 2011

From our home to yours...Happy Thanksgiving!

  Tomorrow afternoon, when left-over turkey hits rubbermaid containers, I will likely breathe a sigh of relief and revel in a refrigerator full of leftovers and and a home filled with love.  It is indeed a favorite holiday, full of tasty anticipation and reflection, and a time to stuff ourselves in preparation for the exhausting holiday work and fun ahead. 

 So, what will remain as my most thankful memories?   Well. a little bit of everything - from the peeling of the carrots with my parents, to the potatoes boiling over on the stove, burning the bottom of the rolls and the cranberry centerpiece that will undoubtedly leak onto my Belgian linen table cloth. The kids will have opened up to us and filled us in on their lives over the workout we will all endure  in breaking down a mammoth blue Hubbard squash. We will have all laughed about forgetting eggs to make the pumpkin pie, and we will remember fondly the takeout nachos we will order because there is just no room on the counters to prepare dinner and nary a spot in the fridge for even the milk.  Our home, like many others, will bubble over with the aroma of turkey and all the trimmings and we will ease ourselves to the couch to digest: not only the food, but also the past 11 months and the joys that the next month is sure to hold.

But really, what a very blessed lifestyle as I let my thoughts reflect on 2011.  Thanks to my readers, my dear friends, my partners, and my parents.  My delightfully wonderful wife, our happy, healthy and adjusted grown children, my pets both here and passed on.  I will remember the many things (both people and circumstances) which have given me pause and comfort - and all the comfort that insulates and protects me.  I am thankful for the words of wisdom, the kinds thoughts, the many emails and thoughtful notes that come to me everyday and give me wonderful inspiration to continue all of the endeavors.  I have discovered that GRATEFUL means being mindful... taking the time to reflect and thoughtfully count all of those things that support me now and in my past and future.  In essence, I
will cherish it: every moment, all of the ups and downs, the roller coaster ride that entertaining can be. And I will engage it all, love every moment, and look forward to delving into the fridge with my family for those morsels of leftovers that help to represent the joy of the holidays and kick off the start to the season.

Many blessing to you and yours, 

Matthew, Jenny and family and the Holiday team!

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  1. a very inspiring post prompting both great memories and great reasons to give thanks. this is truly my favorite day

  2. Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the leftovers (I LOVE leftovers!) Take care, Leena


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