Still Thankful

posted on: Monday, November 29, 2010

I've spend the better part of this morning reading about your Thanksgiving. What fun. Some of you cooked a fusion between Japanese and American food. Others did a beautiful tropical center piece and a Thanksgiving feast spiced with some Brazilian flavah. Did no one make a turducken?  Did I even write that correctly?  Speaking of writing I'm in love with Erin because she's in love with her husband. That definitely didn't sound right, but  I don't know how else to put it. Erin Jane's blog just makes me happy and I think it's simply charming how she adores her Conor and creates beautiful things for him, including his Thanksgiving name card.

I'm not above Black Friday or consumption in general, but I do find it ironic how Thanksgiving is a day of pure gratitude and then in less than 24 hours people are waiting outside the doors of big mega stores to buy things. I guess it makes sense to have a Holiday where we can be thankful for our privileged lives.

 Last year I didn't wake up at 4:00am to be in front of Toys'R'Us to buy Enzo a video game that was on sale but I did go to Toys'R'Us after breakfast to buy diapers that normally cost $20 for $5, and a SD card that normally costs $30 for $3. Here is me taking a moment to thank the Toys'R'Us workers.

Thanks you Toys'R'Us workers and thank you people who work in factories to make disposable diapers and SD cards.

Today is Monday and we're having the last of the turkey and mashed potatoes for lunch. After lunch there will be no more trace of Thanksgiving. Fim. But before we move on to Hanukkah and Christmas shopping and New Years (in my case, also Christian's Birthday) I'd like to take a minute to express what I'm thankful for today.

Christian: thank you for driving back to the safeway parking lot just now to try and find Maria's missing  boot.

Enzo: Thank you for loving preschool. It makes my mom guilt drop to almost zero every time I drop you off in the morning.

Baby Maria: Thank you for eating the rest of my soggy cereal. I love your 7 little teeth.

Bloggers: Thanks for writing your blogs. I know how much time it takes and I'm always so impressed with your dedication, your attention to details, and the time you take to share a piece of your life. Your writing inspires me day in and day out.

Readers: Thank you times a million. You are the reason why I come back.

have a lovely Monday.


  1. This is a lovely post! I'm glad you had a great Thanksgiving and that you have a lot to be thankful for! I love reading your blog and I am thankful for you coming to mine!

  2. I agree with you. I feel like so many Americans miss the point of these holidays. Family, friends, being thankful for what we have.

  3. Dear Damaris
    Thank you so much for stopping by my was a pleasure reading your comments and find out that we both have similar backgrounds. I sure enjoyed reading your post...and happy that you had a great Thanksgiving :-)

  4. I know you don't probably do your Monday moments on this blog, but I was properly trained on your other one, so here is what I am thankful for on this Monday after Thanksgiving.
    1. The Gospel of Jesus Christ...without Him, I would be nothing.
    2. My wonderful husband who loves me for me. He is helpful, fun, and we have a great time together whether we are doing something or nothing, we have a nice time.
    3. My great kids who keep me humble, and make me smile and frown every day.
    4. Freedom in this fabulous country. I have lived in many countries (7 of them) and none are better than the good ol' US of A. I am partial, but that is how I feel.
    4. My friends whether they are ones from a long time ago or new ones on the internet, I am grateful for each and every one of them.
    5. Being able to serve my country. It was the best four years of my life. I truly loved every minute of it...except all the running....LOL
    6. Great medical care. I have been saved on several occasions and for that, I am thankful
    7. My ability to play and make music. I love it with my whole soul.
    8. My parents who I love always and still with that I could talk to every day.
    9. Extended family that still calls and writes every few weeks or so, just to stay in touch. I love them so much and enjoy spending time with them when we travel.
    10. My wood stove, my microwave, and my car that takes me where I want to go.

    A lot to be grateful for!

  5. And thank YOU for your blog! It is so good to remind oneself of the small things that matter :-)

  6. I love your blog too! It is pleasing to the eyes and always has a spirit about it.

    Blessings to you.

  7. very true! I try not to get too pulled in to all of the shopping craziness around the holidays.

  8. what a sweet, sweet post, da! i am in total love with the pic of your little guy cheesing it at the end of your table. j'adore!

    many blessings to you & your family this holiday season.

  9. Awww "7 little teeth" that's the cutest thing ever!
    So glad that you had a wonderful thanksgiving. It was my mum's first experience at this American tradition and she waddled home with a full belly and a smile! She'll be back next year for sure!
    xox tash

  10. Da, thank you for YOUR blog. It usually takes my breath away with it's beauty :)

  11. Sounds as though you had a fabulous Thanksgiving. And wonderful things to be thankful for:) I am thankful that I am 3/4's finished with my Christmas shopping! I did some online and some on foot:) Have a great evening!

  12. Everyday should be Thanksgiving! We are so very, very blessed. And if I could eat that way everyday, life would be perfect. But it would be hard to walk.

  13. Aw, we're all thankful to have your blog! It's so amazing... did i already say that ;).. but oh my gosh that's amazing your son loves preschool I bet it makes it so much easier and makes the day go smoother for you.

  14. Glad you had a happy holiday with your precious fam. I had 2 thanksgiving dinners and will have leftovers all week!

    And I've never fully understood Black Fridays either ;)

  15. Can't believe you finished off the leftovers. I am so over leftovers. Times a million. How's that for thankful? I'm such a glutton.
    Usually when I think about being thankful I just end up feeling really guilty.
    I should probably work on that.

  16. What a great post! It's funny - I totally agree with you about the irony of Black Friday coming right after Thanksgiving - I've never quite understood it :) But I'm glad you found some great deals! I've always been too wary to brave the crowds on Black Friday so I end up being more of a Cyber Monday kind of girl :) Glad to hear you had a good holiday!

  17. That was wonderful, especially the soggy cereal bit. :) I still have leftovers in the fridge but after making turkey pasta florentine, turkey noodle soup, and turkey pot pie I can't take any more turkey. So I ordered sushi last night. :)

    Your blog is sooo beautiful. I know I'm going to love coming here.

    Lots of yummy love,
    Alex aka Ma What's For Dinner

  18. THANK YOU!

    what a beautiful post. and that picture of enzo at the table is priceless and may be one of my faves yet :)

  19. This post has made me feel all warm and gooey and has reminded me I must be thankful for all the awesome things in my life. Everyday. Though, my biggest regret is that I lived in the US, twice, and never tasted pumpkin pie. I love pumpkin and I love pie. So why didn`t I eat any??!!

    Man, that Enzo kid is cute. x

  20. lovely post so many things to be thankful for :)

  21. this is such a sweet post :) so true about gratitude verses going shopping the next day!

  22. awww, very sweet post. thank you for reminding us that we should be grateful on a daily basis.


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