Saturday, December 31st, 2011
I’m thankful for the moments that have brought me to this moment.
Thankful for being raised by my parents, loved by my grandparents, befriended by my friends, taught by my teachers. Thankful for Latin homework and choir practice and going to skating-rink birthday parties and playing on the tennis team. For vibrant, giggly college dorm life and a lonely grad school apartment. For moving trucks and paychecks and bosses and co-workers and battles and working with ideas. For fresh starts and faithful churches and bumbling breakups. For tension and tears and prayers and acceptance and commitment and the settling of married life.
For a job that led me to a friend. For seeing that friend’s listing of things she was thankful for. For the prompting to try it myself and the glimpse of joy that propelled me to commit to 365 days. For the money to buy a domain name. For my husband’s help in booting up this blog. For God’s whisperings and opening my eyes to all of these posts and more.
For the changes this exercise has caused in my outlook and the days when others have voiced their thankfulness. For the friends and family members I’ve written about and those I haven’t. For the challenge of trying not to repeat a post, and looking that much harder for something new each day.
For the winter day on which I write this final post in the Year of Yay. And for the year of opportunities to come.
May every year be lived thankfully.
Monday, December 26th, 2011
Friday, December 23rd, 2011
We’re at my parents’ house for Christmas. I grew up in this house, so it evokes lots of memories of Christmas traditions. My mom used to have a candy bowl each year stocked with Hershey’s kisses and Rolo. We would play music from Mannheim Steamroller, Julie Andrews, Evie, and Glad while we made sweet potato delight, ambrosia, cookies and pecan pie. I usually received Turtles and film (how antiquated!) in my stocking.
What are some of your favorite traditions, past or present?
Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Today is my Daddy’s birthday. I have to thank him for being okay with the fact that I was born the day before his birthday, thereby overshadowing his birthday forever.
I am thankful for all the ways he has taught me, challenged me, and loved my mother and me. For all those op-eds he read to me as I grew up, blinking sleepily across the breakfast table (I know, that explains a lot, doesn’t it?). He is a big dreamer, a plot-hatcher, a wild innovator. Happy birthday, Daddy!
Saturday, November 26th, 2011
I am totally cheating and being thankful again for my nephews (ages 9 and 1). I am so blessed to have married into a family with lots of siblings so that I can be an aunt! It’s a very cool relationship.
Friday, November 25th, 2011
What is it that makes competition so fun and enlivening? My husband’s family is very competitive, and whenever we get together, we play lots of games. From ping-pong to poker, Jenga to Jeopardy, everyone wants to win – and that makes it lots of fun. (It also helps that I’m much better at losing than I was when I was a kid.)
Thursday, November 17th, 2011
Every organization has them. Every family has them. The humble grandmother who single-handedly feeds a teeming horde at Thanksgiving. The event planner who’s never going to take the stage, but makes sure everything happens on time.
Today is the birthday of such a person – one of my editing colleagues. His name is known only by a few, compared to many of our colleagues with frequent TV appearances and bylines. He’s also one of those who doesn’t like any fuss made about his birthday. But his daily contributions here are highly valued by a lot of people.
Who in your life gets stuff done and doesn’t ask for any fanfare?
Monday, November 14th, 2011
Having guests is the perfect opportunity to hit up some restaurants that we love but rarely visit. After dining at the Cheesecake Factory and a great hibachi place with my parents over the weekend, I’m already disappointed in whatever I’m going to eat this week!
Saturday, November 12th, 2011
We had a mild weather day today and took advantage of it by playing minigolf! My parents are serious forces when it comes to minigolf, and my husband and I are very competitive. It was really fun to have that opportunity!
Thursday, November 10th, 2011
My parents are driving up to visit me – from Georgia to Virginia. It’s a long drive, and probably wouldn’t be possible without interstates. I’m glad they can get from there to here without having to brake through every town along the way!