I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is my second all time favorite holiday. I have smelled turkey cooking for the past three days … at the office … where no one is even cooking! Go Figure! At any rate I’m looking forward to the Thanksgiving feast tomorrow and the opportunity to spend the day with those I love.

I try to keep myself on the positive side and not allow my thoughts to linger too long on the things that changed this past year. There are certain things I miss greatly. But in missing those things I have also found a small peace of mind that allows me to truly enjoy the things I have to be thankful for.

This past year the Lord has blessed my life in many ways. I have a beautiful new grandson who is simply out of this world. I still have Lil Man with me and the reassurance that no one is going to be able to come in and rip him out of my life. (My attorney assures me that Lil Man won’t be going anywhere and I trust that!). I have a new home. I have never been without a roof over my head but in my adult years I have never had a roof over my head that I loved enough to actually call home … it was always a house … now I have a home. Somewhere I enjoy going and something I can be proud of. It’s real and it’s beautiful and it’s spacious … it’s home … it is filled with God’s love and spirit. That is what makes it a home.

I will kick off this Thanksgiving holiday, not by cooking all night as I have done in the past, but by taking Lil Man over to Asheville, NC to see Disney on Ice – Finding Nemo.  He is so excited and I can not wait to see his little face lite up when he finally gets to see Mickey Mouse! Oh the joy that little man will bring to my heart tonight by simply being allowed to watch the excitement on his face.  I may not be able to tell you one thing about the show but I’m sure I will be able to tell you ever experssion that little boy shares. I’m ubber excited!

Thanksgiving morning I will rise early to snuggle with Lil Bit while everyone else sleeps in. He starts his day around 5:30am and those early morning smiles, giggles, and snuggles with that precious little boy is better than any cup of latte I could ask for. (I just hope he is feeling better by tomorrow … right now he is one sick little boy … found out yesterday he has pneumonia but we are staying positive that the antibiotics and breathing treatments will kick in fast and he’ll be back to his usual loving little self real soon)

I plan to sit cuddled on the sofa with both Lil Bit and Lil Man and watch the Macy’s Day Parade in it’s entirety. I haven’t watched every minute of that parade in over 20 years.  I’m always busy cooking and baking and preparing for company. NOT this year.  I’m going to my sister’s this year. I’ll make a couple of easy dishes to take along but I’m not doing the BIG cooking this year.

Well … not until Saturday … Saturday I will be making the BIG meal … to celebrate Thanksgiving in my new home. Hopefully with both of my daughters sitting at the table … hopefully … praying … maybe the one who strayed will find her way home … at least for Thanksgiving dinner.

May you and your family be blessed this holiday season and may your Thanksgiving be filled with love, memories, and the spirit of Jesus Christ in your lives.

God Bless you all


He Also Steals My Heart


Brady Halloween 2009, originally uploaded by NC_Belle36.

This is the other little boy that I love to no end. He, like Lil Man lives in my home and I have him to look forward to every evening when I go home from work and every morning when I first wake up. He’s precious and the personality he is developing is brighter than any star I have seen in the sky … well almost … there is one star shining brightly that I will get to meet one day.

This is my Brady bug. We call him Buster Brown. I’m not really sure why but it just seems to fit. It is amazing to realize how much this little boy has grown in the past eight months. It is equally hard to believe he is crawling, pulling up, and starting to contemplate taking that first step. I pray I don’t miss his first ventures of walking. Lil Man decided he wanted to go from first steps to full blown walking while I was out of town on business.

Yes … this little boy is my pride and joy. Just like Lil Man he holds a special place in my heart that was made just for him.

See our other Halloween Photos! We went to the Fall Festival at our Church where kids were asked to dress as Biblical Characters.  Lil Man was David. He would tell people he killed a giant with his sling shot and a rock. So Cute!!  Brady Bug was Moses. The basket we used belongs to his Mama. Her grandmother (my Mama) made if  for her about 22 years ago. He was precious!