Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving ...and being truly THANKFUL.

Dear Friends of Tales from Bloggeritaville,

I wanted to take this moment to wish you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving. I hope that this holiday will allow you to reflect on the many blessings that God has given. I will not be posting this week, instead I will be spending some time with my family and I hope that you too will find yourself surrounded by loved ones.

We learned today that my husbands grandfather passed away at the long ripened age of 95. Grandpa was such a joy in my life. I never had a grandpa, mine had passed on well before my birth. Grandpa seemed to adopt me as his own. He was one who created and planted and would want to fix anything I would pose to him. I wrote a specific story a few years ago about his fruit picker: Click HERE for FRUIT. As well as one about his GREEN THUMB.

(My son "Bama" and Grandpa cira 1996)

In an unrelated story, My father in law (Ernie) is expected to pass at any moment as well. As I told my mother in law today, through love of course, "Ernie is well past his expiration date by several years". Seven to be exact. He is a man of great conviction and grace. I wrote about Ernie's long illness and his faith Here and Ernie's LIFE stories HERE.

(Ernie cira 2007)

These are two dear and precious men that I will forever be shaped by and reflect fondly upon. What blessings that have been to me and my family. We will celebrate them and the lives they lead. There is no sadness, only for missing them, but their lives here were long and well spent. I can only hope the same fate one day.

Its a bittersweet holiday, but one that will be relected on with fond memories with loved ones.

I invite you to join me on Monday, November 28th. Tales from Bloggeritaville will then have it's holiday look and music. I hope you will join me for the holiday celebrations, as well as the return of Thrifty Thursday.

For comments, I would LOVE to know what you are thankful for, and what Thanksgiving traditions you have.
To see mine, you can click here.

Until then, Safe Travels, Many Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!

All my love,
Leigh

10 comments:

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Blessings to you and your love ones this Thanksgiving..Hugs and smiles Gloria

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Leigh - I am sorry to read of your family's loss. (((hugs)))
Despite some things that have happened over the last year, I have much to be thankful for.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Mari said...

I'm sorry to hear of this loss. What a blessing to have both of those men in your life!
Praying your thanksgiving is blessed this year, even with the sadness that comes from this loss.

Miss Kitty said...

Yes, that is a real testament that you spoke of these fine men that their lives were "long and well-spent". I'm having a bittersweet Thanksgiving too this year...I need to keep a good attitude like you and count my many blessings.

Laura said...

Hugs to you on this bittersweet family gathering day.
I understand the living past one's expectations. We are dealing with this presently as well. I am headed off to spend this Thanksgiving at a care facility. Controlled meal proportions for all of us. Better for the waistline.

Catherine said...

I am sorry to hear about your family's loss and expected loss. Sending light and love your way.

xo
Catherine

HEWY said...

Happy Thanksgiving!

Justabeachkat said...

Hi sweet friend. The "circle of life" isn't easy. I'm so sorry for your loss...and the one that might be soon. So hard, especially during the holidays.

I hope your Thanksgiving was good.

Hugs,
Kat

Tardevil said...

So sorry for your family's loss. (((Hugs)))

Tammy said...

So sorry for your family's losses. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.