This has to be one of my favorite days of the year. I think it’s really neat that there’s an entire day devoted to remembering and savoring the things we are thankful for – from the past year and before. Unfortunately, between the food and the family and the traveling and the gift guides and the black Fridays and everything else going on this time of year (all great things!), it’s easy to skim right over the point of this special Thursday.
On the place settings at our Friendsgiving table, there were three lines for each person to write down what they were thankful for from the past year. From wine to Charleston to these “grown-up” lives we’re living…I loved going around and toasting to the things we hold onto so dearly in our hearts.
The past year has brought some really high highs and a few really low lows, so when I reflect on the year, I’m deeply grateful for so many things and people. Aside from the truly amazing people in my life (including you, reading this right now), three things stuck out.
- Charleston: a city that has grown me in ways that I never expected. The people, the food, the opportunities – they all add up to one incredible experience and quite possibly the best decision I’ve ever made.
- Little miss #HasellMoon: That girl, as crazy as it sounds, has taught me a lot about responsibility and also a lot about unconditional love. Dogs are really just the best.
- Amazing Grace: In so many more ways than one I’m overwhelmingly, down to my core, out of my mind, more deeply than words can express grateful to have finally tapped into the goodness of God’s grace. I’ve seen it come from him directly and I’ve felt it from the friends and family around me. There’s nothing sweeter in this world than the moment it clicks.
“And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:4
I hope that your Thanksgiving is spent surrounded by the people that you love and that you take just a moment to reflect on the wonderful things you have to be thankful for. And then, dig in to the dressing and apple pie – it is Thanksgiving, after all! Have a happy one. xx
(P.S. I’ll be back tomorrow with the best of the best Black Friday sales! Be sure to check in tomorrow AM to get the good stuff.)