Thanksgiving is the perfect time to realize how blessed we are in so many ways and be especially thankful for those new additions to the family. I am so thankful for the wonderful baby I have been blessed with and I am really looking forward to celebrating her second Thanksgiving. My baby’s first Thanksgiving was very low key and I did not even take any pictures. Being only 3 months old, she did not take part in the Thanksgiving festivities much, and spent half the day sleeping.
I wish I had taken a little more time to make her first Thanksgiving special, but I was just so tired I could hardly think straight. So, she slept intermittently in her car seat as family members ooh-ed and aah-ed over her, and we all stuffed our faces with delicious food. This Thanksgiving will be much different though. She will actually get to eat the Thanksgiving food and take part in some festivities. Also, we are doing something a little different for Thanksgiving this year,but I will tell you more about it afterwards.
For now, I think you might enjoy hearing about my last Thanksgiving before baby story. There is not much to tell, it was pretty much the same as every year, except I was pregnant without knowing it. All my family members kept asking when Jonathan and I were planning to have children during the year leading up to that Thanksgiving. My mom had been dropping hints that she was ready to be a Grandma, although I kept telling her she was too young.
So, during that Thanksgiving meal when I was unknowingly pregnant with my baby girl, I stated to my extended family that I did not want children any time soon because I was still establishing my career. I even went into some detail about how having children right now would bring some difficult decisions for me and Jonathan. Ha! Little did I know, I was already about 2 weeks pregnant wit the most wonderful blessing I have ever received, my sweet baby girl Anneliese. For Christmas that year, I got to announce the news to the entire family, and my baby was considered the most wonderful surprise “gift” for Christmas.
Thou who hast given so much to me, give me one more thing – a grateful heart! ~ George Herbert
I am so thankful for the many blessings the Lord has bestowed upon me over the years. Here are a few that I can mention off the top of my head:
- Born and raised in the greatest country in the world- U.S.A.
- Raised in a wonderful, Godly household.
- Never gone hungry.
- Always had a roof over my head.
- A closet full of good clothes.
- An excellent education
- A sound mind and healthy body.
- Married to a wise and faithful man.
- A perfect baby girl.
- A million more blessings that I don’t have time to name.
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. ~ Psalm 100
When was the last time you counted your blessings and gave thanks for all you have? What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?