When I was invited to participate in the Blogger’s Seasonal Harvest Tour, I didn’t have any idea what I would share.
A whole house tour was out of the question. By the time I cleaned and decorated, Christmas would be here. So I didn’t give that idea a passing thought.
I could have dug through my junk stash and looked for something to repurpose for fall, but to tell the truth, my heart just wasn’t in it.
I keep things pretty simple in my home for fall, so I decided to keep things simple for this event by sharing a quick stenciled place mat project and some thoughts on how being thankful in everything has new meaning for me this year.
I’m not gonna sugarcoat it – between losing my husband’s mom in January, losing my dad in March, and my mom getting cancer … it’s been a tough year.
But I’m a firm believer that there is always something to be thankful for, and I also believe it is possible to give thanks in everything.
I’m thankful to have had a mother-in-law who dearly, dearly, dearly loved her grandchildren.
Many children don’t know the true love of a grandmother, and my children have been blessed to have two grandmothers who lavished love on them.
Although my dad wasn’t a perfect dad (because there is no such thing as a perfect dad), he was the hardest working man I’ve ever known, he instilled a love of nature and country life in my sister and I, and because of him, my sister and I can both sing the lyrics to any Rogers and Hammerstein musical (Oklahoma, The Sound of Music, and The King and I, to name a few) … we can’t sing them on key, but we can sing them! 🙂
And my mom’s cancer?
Okay, I’ll admit it’s not easy to give thanks for it.
But I’m incredibly grateful that my mom and I have an extremely close relationship and that I was able to be with her when my dad passed away and earlier in September when she was getting one of her rounds of chemo.
I pray that God will grant her many more years with her kids and grandkids and that she’ll get to see her grandkids get married and have children of their own.
To me, being thankful means treasuring every moment God blesses us with … even those moments that break our hearts.
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Vaya con Dios,