Thursday, November 22, 2007


Even when you get to spend lots of time doing something you love, it often involves doing things you don’t like very much. Like today. We would love to be with our families and friends, enjoying their company, telling or listening to the same old stories that still make us laugh, watching football (OK, only one of us would rather be doing that), sharing hugs, and heaping plates of our family favorite dishes (‘I really shouldn’t, but I’ll have a teensy more macaroni and cheese, and maybe some stuffing. . .’).

But this year, because of a fast approaching deadline and the hope that we can be done in time to fully participate in the joys of Christmas, we have chosen to work on Thanksgiving.

People often think that when you work for yourself, you get to take as much time as you want. And while it’s true, there is often flexibility in our schedule, just as often we run into ‘now or never’ situations. This is not the first time we’ve worked through a holiday. On other occasions through the years we have had to forego weekends (that’s pretty regular), holidays, even celebrating our own birthdays. Sometimes it’s tough, but we count our blessings.

We are thankful for many things in our lives.
We are thankful for our families and friends whose love and support we cherish.
We are thankful for good health and the good health of our loved ones.
We are thankful for the gifts we have been given and the privilege of sharing them with others.
We are thankful for the shelter that protects us and the food that nourishes our bodies.
We are thankful for all the material things that we have been fortunate enough to gather in our lives.
We are thankful for whatever we have in our bank accounts.
We are thankful for being able to travel and visit some far away places.
We are thankful for the success and happiness that the people we care about have achieved.
We are thankful for each other’s friendship.
We are thankful for the grace of The Creator, whose blessings we feel every day.

Later today we’ll take a break and enjoy some Thanksgiving steak (Virginia has a Delmonico. Donna prefers New York Strip), mashed sweet potatoes and string beans, but as we sit at the computer on this Thanksgiving, we are thankful to have the opportunity to share our stories and thankful for those who enjoy reading them. Have a joyful and Happy Thanksgiving!
posted by DeBerry and Grant at 9:17 AM


Blogger Carleen Brice said...

How inspirational! I cooked all day long and am too pooped to do any writing...but I was thinking about my story all day. Hopefully, it'll come back tomorrow morning. Good luck on your deadline and Happy Thanksgiving!

10:07 PM  

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