Growing up, many of my favorite childhood memories revolved around my grandma's house in Tacoma. Grandma was quite the entertainer--china, tablecloths, silver, and on Thanksgiving, mini-cornucopias that held a small handful of candy corn for us to nibble on.
My cousins and I would play together until dinner was ready, and after we were called to the table, we would all go around and say one thing we were thankful for. As a kid, I'm sure my thanks revolved around something to do with horses, grades, and on occasion, family. My thanks have evolved with my life, but it's still a tradition I have held on to throughout the years, thanks to grandma.
I've been thinking a lot about what I'm thankful for this year, as I have so much to be grateful for.
For instance, I'm married now, and I'm so thankful for my husband and our growing and evolving marriage. We bought a wonderful old home in Seattle, and for that I'm truly thankful.
And of course, I'm thankful for the many friends and family I have in my life (and truly thankful I have an amazing set of in-laws who constantly inspire me to do more and be better). My life would not be as rich, that is certain, without these folks in my life.
Finally, I'm grateful for you, those readers whom I do not know personally, who follow me on Twitter, keep up with me on Facebook, and engage me through comments and links that I might find useful. You keep me posting even when I'm feeling tapped out, and when I have doubts about continuing on this project, invariably, I will receive a comment or a Tweet that makes me smile and recommits me.
If you are preparing Thanksgiving this year, remember, take a moment to be thankful. Pour yourself a glass of wine, take a deep breath, and enjoy this amazing holiday of warmth and family.