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Tuesday, 09 October 2012 12:35

Thanksgiving

On Thursday, January 31 of 1957, the Canadian Parliament proclaimed Canadian Thanksgiving  "A Day of General Thanksgiving to Almighty God for the bountiful harvest with which Canada has been blessed - to be observed on the 2nd Monday in October".

For most people today, Thanksgiving has little or no religious association or connotation, but despite everything that has happened this year, I would like to thank God...

(Sappy post alert...)

1. For my husband. I know that 'finding your soulmate' is not something you can plan.  There is no formula that guarantees you will find 'that person' who will make you happy for the rest of your life - so I can't give myself any credit for Brian.  We found each other through no effort of our own, and I am so lucky that I have a man who loves me unconditionally, cooks and cleans for me, adores our daughter and is a perfectly hands-on Dad to her.  When I am with him, I truly feel like I'm with my best friend, and I can't imagine life without him.

2. My daughter(s). As a 'motherless' child, I envied my friends' relationships with their Moms and always wondered what it would be like to have a mother who loved you, taught you how to cook and do your hair, and took you shopping.  I promised myself that someday I would have a daughter and that I would BE her mother... and now I have that chance - twice!

3. My family.  I wish I could have kept my Dad longer, but I am thankful for the 27 years I did have with him, and for the incredible Dad he was despite having had no 'mother' to help him raise me.  I'm thankful for my Grandparents and Aunts and Uncles who did step in to help, and ended up being more like parents and siblings to me anyway, and for my Mom who married Dad when I was 8 and put up with me when it took me almost a decade to really accept her place as truly my 'Mom'.  For my 'little' brother, who I met when he was 4 and I was 8, and although we are very different and may never be close - I have so many great memories of having a sibling for at least part of my childhood. 

4. My church. We found our church family about 5 years ago, and I have never felt so at home and among family anywhere else.  Our church experienced vandalism in the form of a building fire this summer, and we are in the process of going forward and will be a bit 'uprooted' for awhile - but I'm so excited and encouraged by how this family has and will hold together to get through this.

5. My home. I'm thankful I live in a (mostly) safe country, with freedoms to speak and believe what I want to - with no fear of being jailed or worse for voicing my views.  I'm thankful that I have a house to live in, and that we have jobs that pay our bills.  I'm thankful that all of our issues and struggles can really be summed up as 'first world problems', and that our lives really are easy in comparison to many. 

I could probably go on and on, but I'll stop there.  I missed my friends - sorry guys - you fit into both the 'Family' and 'Church' categories... and I'm so thankful for all of you also!

We celebrated 'Thanksgiving' this weekend by eating a few traditional 'Turkey Dinners', and I don't remember anyone saying a word about actually being Thankful for anything... sometimes the 'point' of these things get missed in all of the shuffle - it didn't really cross my mind until today.  My prayer is that I don't forget to take these opportunities to teach my children about more than just gorging themselves on yummy turkey and pie!

Do you have any Thanksgiving (or any holiday) traditions that are about more than just food? Food is great, of course, but are there ways to make these things more meaningful for ourselves?

Happy (Late) Thanksgiving, Canada!

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