Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving-TurkeyThis week is Thanksgiving and I’m really looking forward to it. I’m ready for turkey and dressing with all the trimmings. Although I’m going to try real hard not to let my eyes get bigger than my stomach, I’m sure I’ll do like always. It’s a losing battle. I’ll start talking and laughing with family and before I know it, I’ll be stuffed.

Never fails. *sigh*

Thanksgiving should be more about naming blessings than food though. I have a lot of things to be grateful for. Here are five things on my list:

  1. Having someone to belong to is at the top. Family means as much to me as it does my Bachelor brothers. It would be really sad to be all alone.
  1. My health. You can never underestimate good health. While it’s not perfect, other people are in far worse shape. I celebrate my ability to live by myself.
  1. Having a roof over my head and food in my stomach is very important to me. I’m too old to live under a bridge. During the Depression, my parents went through periods when they had no place to lay their head or anything to eat. Today, the huge homeless population is seeing a spike in numbers. Breaks my heart.
  1. My writing career. I thank God that I have a reason to get out of the bed in the mornings. Everyone needs a purpose and I love what I do.
  1. Dear friends. I’m really glad for my friends. They pick me up when I stumble and fall, laugh with me or cry, lend a shoulder when I need one and make everything brighter.

CornucopiaMy list is very long and I don’t have enough room for everything. The bottom line is that My heart is brimming with thankfulness that the dear Lord has seen fit to give me all the things that make life worth living. Sure I’d like more, after all I’m human. But I have enough and that’s all that matters.

On Thursday, I’ll drive down to spend Thanksgiving with my children and grandchildren. I’ll have fun and eat until I pop. Guarantee it.

How about you? What’s on your list? How are you going to spend the holiday?

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About LindaBroday

I'm a NY Times and USA Today bestselling author of western historical romance. I love stories of the old West and the people who once lived there. I haunt libraries and museums and can hang out in them for hours. To tell all the stories that are in my head would take a lifetime.


Giving Thanks — 11 Comments

  1. I love your list, Linda! You have all my top reasons to be grateful. I grew up in a place that was very cold and snowy in the winter, but now I live in a relatively mild location. So I’ll add the weather to my list of gratitude. The snow can be beautiful but it’s also challenging. I still have clear memories of harrowing times driving. Keep safe all you winter drivers and walkers out there.

    • Hi Jacqui……Glad to see you today. Thank you for coming. I can see why you add the weather to your list of gratitude. I hate driving on snow and ice! Too harrowing. I like snow as long as I’m looking at it through the window. Ha! I can’t add weather to my list because winters here are really cold and we get quite a bit of snow usually at this higher elevation. Another thing that adds to our weather woes is that we live on the downslope of the Rockies. Wind swoops down (at breakneck speed sometimes) and makes me want to move to the desert. Almost. For the most part I do love living here.

      You have a wonderful day, my dear! I know you’ve already celebrated Thanksgiving in Canada, but many blessings to you!

  2. I am very thankful for my faith, family, friends, & health. Thursday depending on the icy weather we are to receive, I’ll either be at home with my husband cooking or we will travel down to Guymon, OK to spend it with his family. May you all have a Blessed Thanksgiving and a very safe one too.

    • Dearest Tonya……I feel truly blessed to have you in my life. How did I get along without you? I’m not exactly sure. Wherever you spend Thanksgiving it’ll be great with your smiling face across the table. But if we do get the ice and snow, please be careful. I’m certainly not looking forward to traveling on Thursday. Even if the snow and ice misses us, it’s going to be frigid. At least I’m not going all that far. If I can drive the speed limit it’ll take me a little over 2 hours. If the weather is bad, I’ll probably spend another night down there.

      May you find joy wherever you go. Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Dearest BN……..Thank you for stopping by. I deeply appreciate the well wishes for Thanksgiving. Wherever you are with family and whatever you do to celebrate, I wish you joy and many blessings. I’m glad you won’t be alone.

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving with your family! I will also be with all of my family on that day.

    I have too many blessings to list. I thank God every day for all that he has bestowed on me.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all who visit here. 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl…….Thanks for coming by. I’m always thrilled to see you. I’m glad you spent Thanksgiving with your family. I hope you had as good a time as I did. When our bunch gets together, there’s lots of laughing.

      I’m adding one more thing to be grateful for and that’s you. I’m really blessed to have you for a friend and fan.

  4. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving Linda. I will be going to my mother in laws on Thanksgiving day and will have my family over the Saturday after Thanksgiving for dinner.I am thankful for my family, friends and health that I have now.

    • Hi Quilt Lady……..Thanks for taking time from your busy week to come and leave a comment. I hope your day with your mother-in-law was really great and that you had lots of wonderful food and good conversation. I had the best time with my kids and grandkids. We had tons of delicious food and laughter. No shopping for me though. I don’t do Black Friday. Nope. Just not gonna.

      I’m blessed to have you as a friend and fan of my books. Enjoy your dinner on Saturday. Sending Texas-sized HUGS!

  5. Don’t see my thank you comment. tHank you again. I feel honored to been the first winner. Cathy