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Friday Potluck & Gratitude…

A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.
For those of you not in the U.S., I’m wishing you a day filled with joy and gratitude.

You may have noticed I’ve been a little bit absent the last couple of weeks. You may not have noticed; I was a prolific scheduler for the times when I was out of town. Suffice it to say though, that there’s a lot going on in my personal life, some good, some that I’m less excited about, but I haven’t had the time to devote to cooking, let alone writing about it.

With some less than exciting things coming up in my life between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’ve been focusing on being positive and thankful for what I do have in my life. I’ve been spending time looking for quotes to help bolster a positive attitude, and in the spirit of tomorrow’s holiday would like to share some with you.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” ~ Melody Beattie

If you have the opportunity to check out some of Melody Beattie’s writings, I encourage you to do so. I love what she has to say and her attitude about just about everything. I really love this quote on gratitude because it talks about gratitude as a way of being rather than an obligation. I could sit and read it over and over and find some new application to my life every time.

I can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses. It’s all how you look at it.” ~ J. Kenfield Morley

This is incredibly telling in my life right now; I share with new Army wives about to experience their first deployment that perception is everything. There are ways to find a positive in almost every situation, including the prospect of facing time away from loved ones. For example, my house will stay clean for the next year: I won’t find random dirty socks everywhere, empty glasses on all tables, Army stuff everywhere, or have every flat surface covered in stuff. Of course, the price is that I don’t see or talk to K every day, which would be preferable, but I have to look for the roses in the thorn bush to keep my sanity.

I have an amazing, loving husband, and though he’s about to head halfway around the world, I’m very fortunate to have him in my life, and in fact, sitting across the living room from me looking handsome as ever. I’m thankful for my incredible family and friends, near and far, who make up my support and hugs network. I’m thankful for Lucy the wonder-dog, who is always so excited to see me, even if I’ve only gone out to the car to get another load of groceries. I’m also thankful for a roof over my head, a fantastic job, and the opportunity to live in one of the most amazing places in the world – Alaska!

What are you thankful for?

This week, it feels strange to not be cooking. My parents instructed me to bring nothing, but myself, my husband, my dog and coffee creamer to Thanksgiving this weekend. Of course, I can’t come empty-handed, but it’s still odd. I will be back soon with more recipes, including some great veggie recipes.  Full Circle Farm has given me the opportunity to try out their new delivery options for a few weeks, I just got my first “Sprout” box delivered to my house tonight and am currently munching on a D’anjou pear; I can’t wait to share the bounty with you.

Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with love, gratitude and family.
 Looking forward to the recipes you link up.

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7 Responses

  1. Little Mommy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! Great post – hope your weekend is memorable and relaxing.

  2. Kate says:

    I’m so sorry to hear you’re facing a deployment! Between the two of us, my husband and I have deployed 6 times in the 6 years we’ve known each other… It’s not fun, but it makes you so much stronger as a couple! Good luck, and know that I am sending lots of hugs your way!

  3. MM says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for hosting! It’s all how you look at it…I should pay attention to this, you know?!

  4. Dr.oracle says:

    really likes the two quotes you posted here.. theres a lot of good thing that happened to me this year, too bad i paid too much attention at the bad ones.. happy thanksgiving!

  5. Donna says:

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving, Erin! My thoughts are with you and sending you lots of good thoughts heading into these next months!

  6. Ms Bibi says:

    Happy Thanksgiving weekend….hope you get to spend some special time with your hubby before he has to leave.

    Thank you so much for hosting. I am linking up my Peppers Ricotta Sausage Casserole.

  7. The Chef says:

    I love your perspective and quotes, Erin. Not linking any recipes this week… haven’t been able to party much lately, but wanted to leave you a comment. I hope the deployment goes by quickly and it feels like “no time” until he’s back. Thank you to you and your sweet hubby for the sacrifices you make for the rest of us! 🙂

    ~The Lucky Wife @ The Saturday Evening Pot, via The Chef

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