do the Holiday's Mean
is a day set aside to give thanks or to be in gratitude, to
acknowledge all that we have to be thankful for, for the gifts
and the blessings we have received this year.
As a child it was the excitement of family coming
together and seeing cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents and
special family friends. It was a time of feeling loved,
protected and nurtured within the family fold if you will.
We happened to have family that all lived fairly close to one
another, and it was the adults talking politics, the laughter,
the sharing of family stories, the smell of turkey cooking, and
wonderful family favorites to eat!
As I grew up, grew older and was married,
raising my kids I realized the traditions carried on, even if the
loved ones who started them were no longer on the planet, they
were still with us in spirit with the traditions and the food
that we prepared from their recipes.
As my kids grew up it was also
family traditions carried forward, and as they married,
and my son moved to Wisconsin
with his family, Thanksgivings changed. My kids
had inlaws to also be with, and
share time as well as new family traditions with, so we
can't so readily get together but we do have our family phone
calls on that day. The holidays also changed when great
grandparents and grandparents passed away, and the family
dynamics all changed.
Thanksgiving has always been a time to look at our
blessings, give thanks, as well as have gratitude for all that we
are blessed with, including family, friends near and far, health,
jobs, for our homes, our fur family members, and for life itself.
My daughter and I used to go to the beach on Thanskgiving morning while dinner was cooking
in the oven, the beach where my parents ashes we scattered
on two different Thanksgiving mornings years ago, now we visit
that same beach during the year instead and honor my parents in
different ways, and miss them most during this time of year!
No matter your situation you have many things to be
thankful for, and many blessing to have gratitude
about which came to you this year, big and small, list
them, give thanks for them, and be in gratitude for work or
a job if you have them, for your true friends, and for your
family no matter where they are on the planet they do love you!
I feel so blessed and in so much gratitude as we
come in to this Thanks-Giving, with a new home that I am
still moving in to, a growing and thriving business, for all the
new customers who found Earth Song Ranch this year; for my
three wonderful horsey girls, my dogs and cats, and for all of
you over the year who reached out and whose animals have
benefitted from the products we offer, and the support that
we/ I give.
Thank you, richest blessing to you all during this
holiday season, and for the New Year to come!