Thursday, November 25, 2010

pumpkin pie, turkey, stuffing...and oh yes, pumpkin pie!!



it's so easy to get wrapped up with the craziness of life - or maybe the mundane of it - and forget about the many blessing we get every single day. i know i get trapped in that bubble of ungratefulness. it's easy to want and to complain, thinking that life is greener on the other side when really we have so much more to be grateful for. if only, we had that perspective on a daily basis.

and actually my little sister, ashley, (oh wise one) pointed how interesting it is that we celebrate thanksgiving and the next day, we are all immediately buying and craving and lusting over more things - whether it be during black friday sales or writing mile-long wish lists. (15 years old are wiser than you realize, people!). such a contrast. i think it's definitely something to remember this season! 

so what are you most grateful for, friend?

i've said this every year but i mean it more than ever before (and i hope this turns to be a continued trend as i get older), i am so grateful for my family. i'm grateful to be home with them for this season. i'm grateful for the constant support and love we have for one another. i'm grateful to call them some of my best friends...that we can laugh our heads off at the dumbest things that no one else in the world understands. i'm grateful for "the ryans" who are a part of my family (peyton and dad did need more men in the house). 

i'm especially grateful that i'm spending thanksgiving with my family this year. having lived in chicago for 8 years, it was hard (or too expensive) to get a ticket so close to Christmas break, so i normally spent thanksgiving with friends. mom, ashley and i each have a part of the meal to contribute - and it's 50/50 american and filipino dishes...so we plan to eat good! (kristine, we are not not thinking of you. we are missing you every second that you are not here. but girl, you'll be here before you know it! december is just around the corner, sis!)
 

other things i'm thankful for: 
my relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ who has given me true life. without Him, i am nothing. because of Him, i am even able to be grateful. for my fiance and best friend, ryan. i love you so much. also thankful for my best friends you know who you are. thanks for the texts, the emails and the phone calls. praise God for technology. you know i miss you. and you can't forget the obvious things...such as pumpkin pie, stuffing, turkey and all that yummy goodness that thanksgiving brings.

[happy thanksgiving, friend!]

26 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving girl! You are truly blessed...with a lovely family and the ability to recognize all you have! :)

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  2. Happy thanksgiving this what is all about thanks for sharing !!

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  3. What a beautiful post lady! And such true words :) So glad you get to be with your family this year :)

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  4. happy thanksgiving friend!! i am soo thankful that WE MET and became such great friends!! :)

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  5. happy Thanksgiving darling, have a great day xoxo

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  6. Such a beautiful post! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, honey! xoxo

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  7. i hope your day is wonderful. i'm thankful that the Lord's plans are better than my own. His thoughts & ways are not mine. Thank goodness! haha

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  8. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Have a great day!

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  9. happy thanksgiving dear :)
    wanna follow each other? if you dont mind :)

    diva,
    little geek madame

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  10. Happy Thanksgiving!

    http://ashleyanderic.blogspot.com

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  11. I just feel like shouting "Amen!" after reading what you're thankful for! Preach it, girl. Have a happy day!

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  12. Great post! I'm thankful for my family, my friends (who are like my family) and really just for being alive in this beautiful world. :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    xo, MOUSEVOX

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  13. You truly have the most beautiful smile. Happy, Happy Thanksgiving, my love!! :)

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  14. happy thanksgiving! we've got so much to be thankful for! :)

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  15. I wish I did a better job of cultivating an "attitude of gratitude" in my everyday life...but Thanksgiving is an awesome reminder of how many blessings I really have!

    Happy Thanksgiving, Ilene! Hope your day is just lovely. :)

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  16. happpy thanksgiving! its interesting coz in canada thanksgiving was in october. i loved it; made a whole meal for my family :)

    thankful for christmas! (im so excited!)

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  17. Your little sister is pretty wise indeed, no doubt something to do with her big sister--that seems to be the way things go.
    Hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving :D

    Xoxo
    Sarah

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  18. what wonderful things to be thankful for! i am thankful for all the little things that make my life so great! happy thanksgiving!

    (and your wise sister is indeed wise...i've never really got that!)

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  19. This was a lovely post! Have a fabulous (late haha) Thanksgiving!

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  20. Love this list! Hope you're having a wonderful day with your family!

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  21. Amazing post and list!! Hope your weekend is utterly amazing!!

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  22. Happy Thanksgiving!:D

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  23. happy thanksgiving hun... i dont celebrate thanksgiving but i am thankful for my really patient BF who puts up with my bad temper & my sometimes unreasonable requests and my family of course, for always being there for me, no matter what happens :)

    i read ur proposal story, it's so heartwarming! ur partner's really such a sweet romantic guy~~ u both look so perfect together! oh n the ring IS gorgeous :) congrats dear, wish both happiness!

    love, mica
    http://babylovebabylove.blogspot.com

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  24. btw, u're so lucky to have lived in japan previously! was it for work or studies? im really addicted to their food, snacks, and their kawaii stuff, i think i'd go crazzzzzy in japan with all the grocery hauls and might most probably shop til i drop too *laughs*


    love, mica

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  25. I'm thankful for my supportive and loging family, my wonderful boyfriend, and my expensive and amazing education :)

    I really liked this post. It gave me that warm fuzzy feeling!

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