Just a week til Thanksgiving Day! I am thankful that we have been blessed and are able to look forward to a Thanksgiving dinner with family. I've already bought the turkey and many of the fixings for the dinner. Need to get my recipe folder out with my holiday recipes, to see what else I need to buy.
My husband has told me not to over do, there aren't that many of us, but I try to fix a favorite dish for everyone. How can I choose to leave something out?
Sometimes it is hard to be thankful, when you are in a situation you can't always find the good. When my husband and I married he was in the Army. He was stationed at Ft. Devens, Mass. which seemed a world away to me. It was hard and there were many lonely days but I think it made our marriage stronger since we learned to count on each other. There was no running home to mom and dad. We lived in Leominster, Mass for the first year then we moved on base. Over the years we have been able to look back at our time there and enjoy the memories. We had one of those moments over the weekend when cleaning out a bookshelf. I found Albert's Almanac we had saved from 1988. Dick Albert was the weather man on WCVB TV in Boston while we were living up North. We lived in Mass. for 3 years.
November 14, 1981, thirty years ago today my grandfather died. He was a man of few words, calm. We always knew he loved us, he would pinch you and smile and wink.
My grandmother died just 8 months before him, they were married almost 65 years. He missed her so much. He had several small strokes and his mind wasn't clear at times. He would ask my mom "When is you mom coming back home?" He asked if they had put up the tombstone for my grandmother and mom and I took him to see the tombstone. He seemed happy to know this had been done. He had a stroke the end of October and was in the hospital for 2 weeks before he died.
We took turns staying with him at the hospital. Mom stopped in the gift shop at the hospital several times to pick up something needed. She saw a set of turkey salt and pepper shakers in the gift shop.
Dad was with her and knew she liked them so he bought them for her. At Thanksgiving we always stop and remember where they came from and think about my grandfather.
I am thankful to have memories of two wonderful grandparents, John and Hattie Ziegler.
I'm so thankful that we (daughter,husband and I) were able to get some furniture moved Saturday. We have some home improvements coming up after the first of the year and it requires the living room be free of lots of furniture and clutter. We emptied a large bookshelf and move it downstairs. It has been so much fun going through all the things that have gathered on that shelf in the 20 years it has been in our house. I am finding that most of the stuff will be kept.
I have also discovered the bookshelf looks better downstairs and I like the smaller table in the living room.
I am thankful my husband and my children encouraged me to get on Facebook! Through Facebook I have connected with family and friends. I found my next door neighbor way back when we were kids, she and her mother are both on Facebook. We've had a lot of fun reminiscing. I found another girl who lived up the street for a couple of years we were good friends but lost contact since her family moved around the country. Sadly I found a friend from high school but didn't send her a friend request at the time, a few months later on a memorial page for our high school, I discovered she died Dec. 2010. I had not heard from her in many years.
Many of my cousins are on Facebook and I am friends with them, it is a great way to stay in touch. A group of Kelley cousins have connected through Facebook. We have a Kelley Family group page which has been so much fun, we have shared pictures and stories about the family. Many of the cousins have posted pictures of their families now. Most of us in the group are great grandchildren of Hiram and Nancy Kelley. We had an online family reunion during the month of September and many of us posted pictures.
My dad has been dead 10 years and I often wonder what he would think about me connecting with all of these cousins. He would probably think it was neat! He would be giving me names of others to search for. It is a wonderful time to be doing family research.
I am thankful today for starting this blog and for the Many people who I have come to know online because of this blog. Most of the people have genealogy blogs but not all.
I would like to thank Lisa at Are You My Cousin for the link on her Friday Follow post. Thanks to Teena at Teena In Toronto for reminding me of my Blogoversary on Friday. I can't believe I forgot. It has now been 3 years, WOW!
I hope this next year I'll have more time and will be able to improve on my blog.
I'm thankful for the beautiful fall colors. The leaves have been gorgeous this year and the weather has been nice. We haven't been out to the mountains to see the leaves but I try to enjoy the leaves around me.
Today I am thankful for my home! My house isn't new, or big, or fancy. It is old, built in 1968, just an average size house for that time period, and it is as some would say plain. But it is a home, my husband and I feel like it is and hopefully our children do also. There is a difference between a house and a home. To me it has always been more important to have a home. Our house is filled with STUFF as we are all pack rats and we have lived here for 21 years. Our home is filled with memories!!
I have to say it again I am thankful for my home!!
November 4, 2011, I am thankful for my two fantastic children. They put up with mom dragging them off to an old church and cemetery. I think they do kinda enjoy seeing where their ancestors lived. At different times, we have pictures made of my great aunt, mom, me, my children on the steps of this church.
On this the second day of November, I am thankful for my wonderful mother. She is 87 years old, can't get around very good, can't do all the things she once did but she is still the most wonderful mother. I love her very much. Thank you for being such a Great mother.
My blog has been pushed to the side this year, I can't believe it is November already and I have only 29 post for the entire year! Today on Facebook I saw where one of my friends Margaret Ann Tull had a post 30 Days of Thanks. This got me to thinking, it is always good to find something to be thankful for and this might help me to post on my blog for the month of November, so here goes 30 days of thanks!
Today is T1Day with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation you can find out more information here http://www.jdrf.org/ .
I changed my profile picture in an effort to raise awareness to Type 1 Diabetes. The JDRF asked people to change their profile picture and in your status tell "Who's your #one?" My number one is my daughter and son who both have Type 1 diabetes. My daughter since she was 26 months, for 18 years now and my son who has had diabetes 10 years the 30th of Oct. He was 8 years old. There is no cure, insulin only treats diabetes.
Since I'm starting a month to be thankful on the Type1Day, 11-1-11 my first things to be thankful for would be insulin, meters to check blood sugar, and the insulin pump. All the things that keep my sweet children alive.