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“Thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year because it reminds us to give thanks and to count our blessings. Suddenly, so many things become so little when we realize how blessed and lucky we are.” Joyce Giraud

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. William Blake
I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual. Henry David Thoreau
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. Oprah Winfrey

What Are You Thankful For?  Around this time last year, I was battling a nasty cold that ended up turning into pneumonia and almost killed me. I spent a week in the hospital and needed intravenous fluids because I was dehydrated from not breathing in enough oxygen to keep my organs fully functioning. The scary part is that I thought I had a manageable cold that over the counter meds could handle. I was wrong; my kids saved my life by telling me I sounded a lot worse than I intimated and that I needed to get to the hospital ASAP.  My point is that this is the season to be super careful about our health and those pesky colds. Don’t take them lightly. EVER! That said, I  am thankful/grateful for the gift of life. Everything begins and ends with it. The flu/cold season is upon us and we must make sure that we take the best care of our bodies and encourage loved ones to do same.

As Thanksgiving Day beckons, I am reminded to express joy for the simplest things that make me thankful for each breath I take. I look around me and see the sparkle in people’s eyes and the hopefulness shared by others for a happy event. I look out my living room window and see some snowfall from last Thursday’s terrible sudden snowstorm and I marvel at how we all survived it. There are many colorful leaves that have fallen off the trees in my yard. The white, purple, red and orange/gold hues pull me in and, for a moment, I am swept away to a place of deep joy and gratitude. As we all prepare to enjoy our thanksgiving meals , let’s not forget these important Thanksgiving Tips: Share our Thanksgiving History/Heritage, Give thanks/Be grateful, Practice food safety, and Gather informative, helpful travel tips. Practice patience, gratitude and forgiveness and Have a Happy Thanksgiving week ahead!

READ: 10 Tips: Cultivating An Attitude Of Gratitude & Thanksgiving
Musings: Have A Happy Thanksgiving!
Inspiration: A Thanksgiving Memory…

 

WHAT AM I THANKFUL FOR?
My recipe of thanks will have …
A vat full of love,
Endless cups of life,
Pounds and ounces of friends,
100 ladles of family,
9 tablespoons of health,
1 teaspoon from home,
Sprinkles from everyone,
Bowls of everything that uplifts humanity,
Carefully fold in scoops of our pets,
Mix in the power of prayer and
Add God’s immutable grace…
Stir with gusto and enjoy! from Elizabeth & Family

 

 

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” William Arthur Ward

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

I’m thankful for every moment. Al Green
Some memories are unforgettable, remaining ever vivid and heartwarming! Joseph B. Wirthlin
Thanksgiving Day is a good day to recommit our energies to giving thanks and just giving. Amy Grant

How are YOU planning to celebrate Thanksgiving? Each year, we participate in volunteer opportunities that provide food and aid to the homeless. This can be a very trying time for folks who have no loved ones around, and it can also be a time of heightened depression for others who have lost dear ones. So, why not use this time to reach out to anyone we know who is hurting and spread some love and cheer. How else can we be of service during this joyful season? We can start by thinking of our troops, the sick, the destitute, our friends and family who are traveling or are away. We can start by reaching out to others who are alone during this time of celebration.We can volunteer our time to helping out where a need is greatest and spread some of our heartfelt message of love and goodwill.

Seize Each Moment to say THANK YOU! Last week, we honored our servicemen/women and all who have made our lives comfortable and safe by saying THANK YOU. We should seize the  opportunity to say Thank YOU at every moment we get.  A week or so before 9/11, I was driving up to Hunter College to teach one of my classes. As I made a turn to head to the east side from midtown Manhattan, I saw a group of firemen gathered in front of an apartment building. They were holding a ladder and, perhaps, were on their way to rescue something or someone. My heart surged with admiration for those members of New York’s bravest, and I felt this sudden urge to pull over and run over and say “Hey, thank you for saving lives every day!”

As I maneuvered my car in traffic, looking for a spot to pull over, my brain kicked in: “What!? Are you mad? Do you think they have time for such rubbish? Keep on driving!” Again, a gentle voice within said, “Go for it. Why not? Make them smile. How many times do drivers pull over in midtown, hop out of their car to just say Thank you!?”  As I went back and forth in my head, I panicked, lost my mojo, and debated myself out of a spontaneous act of goodwill and gratitude. A few days later, 9/11 happened and I was devastated. Till this day, I wonder if any of the firemen I saw that late fall afternoon were lost in that horrific act of violence against humanity. Say THANK YOU! today. Now. Every day. Honor loved ones and service providers by being grateful, by offering help to others in need, by remembering the sick, weak and suffering in our daily reflections, and by showing our gratitude through verbal expressions and acts of selfless love. A simple THANK YOU goes a long way.

READ: Happy Thanksgiving: Recipe For A Special Thank You…
Motivation Mondays: THANKSGIVING
Motivation Mondays: Happy Thanksgiving #mondaymotivation

 

“Thanksgiving Observance” by Author Unknown
Count your blessings instead of your crosses;
Count your gains instead of your losses.
Count your joys instead of your woes;
Count your friends instead of your foes.
Count your smiles instead of your tears;
Count your courage instead of your fears.
Count your full years instead of your lean;
Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.
Count your health instead of your wealth;
Count on God instead of yourself. via poemofquotes

 

 

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OCT

10/01   –  01 Nigeria Independence Day, International Coffee Day
10/07   –  08 Columbus Day
10/14  –  16 World Food Day
10/21   –  21 World Mission Day, 24 UNO Day
10/28 –    28 National Chocolate Day, 31 Halloween

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11/01   –  01 All Saint’s Day, 02 All Soul’s Day,
11/04   –  04 Daylight Saving Time  ends USA, 06 Election Day, 07 Diwali
11/11  –  11 Veterans Day, 13 World Kindness Day, 14 World Diabetes Day, 16 International Day for Tolerance
11/18   –  19 International Men’s Day, 20 Universal Children’s Day, 21 World Hello & TV Day, 22 Thanksgiving Day
11/25 –    26 Cyber Monday, 27 Giving Tuesday,  30 St Andrew

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“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.” Henry Van Dyke

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

Motivation Mondays: Thanksgiving Wishes

Thanksgiving is a time of togetherness and gratitude. Nigel Hamilton
Over and over I marvel at the blessings of my life: Each year has grown better than the last. Lawrence Welk
If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get. Frank A. Clark

What does Thanksgiving Mean to YOU? Whether you’ve had a prosperous, abundant year or a challenging year, one thing is certain, this is the season of Thanksgiving! It is a special time to pull ourselves and our loved ones close together and give thanks for the good we have seen and enjoyed around us. Thanksgiving is, for me, a time of reflection and reevaluation of what truly matters in our lives. It is a time to take stock of our successes and foibles and find a path to healing old wounds. Part of the history of this special holiday revolves around the gathering of the best harvested foods and sharing a meal with family, friends, and even foes. It is a time to show appreciation to our neighbors; this includes our global human family. So, this Happy Thanksgiving season can be a time to set aside old battles, make peace in your heart with those who have wronged us and move on. Of course, we must also remember that an important part of the holiday is to make it a time to share what we have by giving to those who have less.
Don’t Forget to say Thank You!  Every year, I stop to contemplate what each Thanksgiving year has given me, and I am grateful for the good and the harsh lessons too. I reflect on the good/bad of the months before and on the blessings in the months to come and I say my thanks to my Creator and all the people who’ve contributed good to my life.  I’d love to say Thank You to my readers, to all who stop by to comment or just read this blog, to friends and family online and off, to my fellow bloggers, various Sponsors, WordPress staffers and happiness engineers, my social media and Facebook groups friends, friends in various communities, and everyone out there. Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to everyone!

READ: Inspiration: Have A Happy Thanksgiving…
Haiku: Happy Thanksgiving In Ten Takes…

 

Thanksgiving by Edgar Albert Guest
Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,
Buildin’ the old family circle again;
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.
Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.
Father’s a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.
Here we are back at the table again
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men.

Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.
Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.

Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers via famouspoetsandpoems

 

 

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Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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165 Comments leave one →
  1. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    19/11/2018 12:13 pm

    I am thankful for every sunrise. The first thing I do after I wake up is to thank God for giving me one more day to live and bask in the blessings He has given me. I have a roof over my head, food on the table and clothes to wear. I am blessed. I am thankful.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      22/11/2018 1:27 pm

      That is so beautiful… Thank you!

  2. StressedMum (@stressedmum01) permalink
    19/11/2018 12:57 pm

    What a lovely post, I love this time of year of family and enjoying being with your family

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      22/11/2018 1:28 pm

      It is a great time for reflection

  3. Di Hickman permalink
    19/11/2018 3:50 pm

    What a great post! Loved all the thngs to be thankful for and appreciated the quotes and poems! We’re not big into celebrating thanksigiving as immigrants to america but we definitely use it as a time of gratitude

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      22/11/2018 1:28 pm

      Great… that is important.

  4. dalleynedvm permalink
    19/11/2018 4:17 pm

    Our Sunday morning sermons in church talked about gratitude. So this year for thanksgiving I will be thinking more specific of what I need ot be thankful for.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      22/11/2018 1:29 pm

      We all need to do some thinking fr sure. 🙂

  5. Jeannette permalink
    19/11/2018 4:36 pm

    You are very welcome; I am both your reader, and a Veteran! I love Edgar’s poem! I know it is cliche to start contemplating on all the things we are grateful for, but November has it’s way of just bringing that about. It is pretty cool to just look at loved ones all around and really “get” why we should be thankful! OK, holiday emotional rant over. I needed this Motivation Monday, THANKS!

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      22/11/2018 1:30 pm

      Hahaha. THANK YOU Jeannette! You have served this country well. <3

  6. mamabee1981 permalink
    19/11/2018 5:19 pm

    I hate to hear that you were sick. It’s no fun getting that sick. I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday, I am thankful to simply be alive.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      30/11/2018 10:56 am

      Thank you so much…much love to you and yours!

  7. Melissa permalink
    19/11/2018 7:12 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! I love this holiday! A day set aside to thank the Lord for all He has given us! Hope you have a great holiday.

  8. 19/11/2018 7:32 pm

    I seriously luved tha hardwork and beautiful post of Thanksgiving to a person who we love..You have created very beautifully..

  9. rhianwestbury permalink
    19/11/2018 10:04 pm

    I’m sorry to hear that you suffered last year, definitely thankful for life this year. Happy Thanksgiving for this week x

  10. Sania permalink
    19/11/2018 11:59 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too, it is a must to be grateful to all those people who are responsible for what we are today.

  11. Sarah Stockley permalink
    20/11/2018 12:02 am

    Living in England we don’t have Thanksgiving but I love the idea of it. My best friend is from Chicago and now lives here so she celebrates and I would love to go round one day and experience it.

  12. Silent Scream permalink
    20/11/2018 2:02 am

    Blessed are those who give back.
    Just like you, I am planning to give out food to homeless children. It is my advocacy yearly.
    WHAT DOES THANKSGIVING MEAN TO ME? – Giving back.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  13. Joanna permalink
    20/11/2018 4:50 am

    Thanksgiving is not celebrated in my country and I believe it’s an American tradition only. However, I believe that we should thank the people around us more often, not only one day a year. We should also give and appreciate more often, not on specific days only.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/11/2018 11:16 am

      I agree but it doesn’t hurt to celebrate it as an occasion.

  14. Geraline Batarra permalink
    20/11/2018 7:02 am

    I always love to celebrate Thanksgiving day not only because of those delicious food but also you are having a chance to spend your day with your family and aside from that you are able to give or offer a deep Thanksgiving to the provider of everything that we have.

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/11/2018 11:10 am

      I agree…. for those who never stop to to think about being grateful for what is,this is a great opportunity

  15. Zoe permalink
    20/11/2018 10:22 am

    I love that you are grateful for the harsh lessons too. Every experience shapes us and it’s good to see the positives in that x

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      20/11/2018 11:10 am

      Indeed… sometimes, it is the harsh lessons that teach us about humanity and trust and the lack thereof…

  16. Linda Kasabian permalink
    20/11/2018 11:45 am

    I dont celebrate Thanksgiving in my country (Spain) but I think it’s a nice celebration to be sincere with each others and being grateful for what we have in our life. But would be amazing being like this the whole year, not only one day.

  17. Neely Moldovan (@Neelykins) permalink
    20/11/2018 12:14 pm

    I think stopping to think about what you are thankful for is so important!

  18. ashleynicolerice permalink
    20/11/2018 1:39 pm

    This is so needed right now. I am needing to change my views on Thanksgiving. It hasn’t been a day of thanks in the past.

  19. Ana Ojha permalink
    20/11/2018 3:50 pm

    Hi Liz, hope you get better soon! I’m grateful for my family, friends and my accomplishments! Wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  20. Taryn permalink
    20/11/2018 4:47 pm

    Nice poem about things to be thankful for. I really think we should all practice gratitude on a daily basis. I am thankful for the friends, family, health, and talents I am blessed to enjoy and employ on a daily basis. Thanks for the words of inspiration.

  21. The Momnipresent Mother permalink
    20/11/2018 6:09 pm

    I love your “recipe”. We try hard in this house to show and voice what we are thankful for on a daily basis, but Thanksgiving is always a good time to serve as a reminder that we have so much to be thankful for. I also love that you are thankful for the harsher lessons and not just the simple things. You can learn so much from the hard things in our life.

  22. wayfarerkate permalink
    20/11/2018 7:10 pm

    Beautiful. It’s so important to practice gratitude. I’ve started a daily gratitude journal and it’s really helping to create positivity in my life.

  23. Fatima D Torres permalink
    20/11/2018 8:08 pm

    I love your idea of Recipe of Thanks. Sometimes we forget to throw in love during the holidays. Just appreciating each other’s company is enough.

  24. Adriana permalink
    20/11/2018 8:42 pm

    I love how we call come together during the holidays, like thanksgiving to share how thankful we are for eachother.

  25. thebusyboymama permalink
    20/11/2018 8:44 pm

    I’m thankful for sprinkles from everyone too! You made me hungry for thanksgiving food though!

  26. Faith Still permalink
    20/11/2018 9:48 pm

    Wow. Your story about 9/11 and remembering to say thank you is a huge reminder to us all.

  27. Jeannette permalink
    20/11/2018 10:11 pm

    This was my motivation Monday on a Wednesday! Life is full of struggles that can help us turn towards a grateful heart. Thank you for writing to us. I am sure you will write to people who you will never know you effect. Gracias!

  28. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    21/11/2018 1:11 am

    Thanksgiving is such a blessed holiday. I really like it’s theme and emotions. Surely we should be thankful for what we have all year round but it’s better than nothing to have a special time of the year. My culture has none and it is obviously needed,

  29. Noor permalink
    21/11/2018 1:36 am

    Your thoughts about Thanksgiving even though we don’t celebrate it as muslim I can relate to it. Indeed we have to be grateful even to each and every little things we have. Even if it’s a problem or struggle you’re experiencing because this will lead to a change of your life and who knows it’s for the better and if not there maybe something else is there. Be positive always.

  30. happyandbusy permalink
    21/11/2018 6:11 am

    I am always a fan of your motivational monday posts. Keep on doing this!

  31. Kemi permalink
    21/11/2018 7:53 am

    Everyday is thanksgiving for me and I don’t need a commercial holiday for that. Everyday should be thanksgiving for us all as we’ve made it this far in the year and our lives.

  32. Jayne SMABL permalink
    21/11/2018 11:30 am

    What a lovely post full of things to be thankful for. I am thankful for our donor and their family who gifted my husband with a new heart and saved his life. 🙂

  33. Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com permalink
    21/11/2018 11:31 am

    We don’t have a Thanksgiving tradition in my home country and my knowledge of the holiday comes from the media. What we do have is a tradition of giving thanks daily to our Creator for the good and the bad in our lives. I think it’s good to have a day of focussed thanks for the people who impact our lives and make it better, so tomorrow I will remember to show gratitude and thankfulness to them.

  34. sihle permalink
    21/11/2018 1:07 pm

    I always strive to be thankful at whatever happens to me.Thankfulness helps us to be appreciative of every moment in life and hence we remain positive despite our circumstances…

  35. Luci permalink
    21/11/2018 1:15 pm

    This is an outstanding collection of thoughts, images and quotes. I’m thankful for all the “food for thought” you have given me!
    xx Luci

  36. GladysNava permalink
    21/11/2018 5:21 pm

    I wish that Thanksgiving is in there in my country because sometimes or maybe not give thank for the person who does the good for us. And really love about this article! Happy Thanksgiving!

  37. Catherine Santiago Jose permalink
    21/11/2018 5:43 pm

    Aside from my kids birthday, Thanksgiving is my most favorite day to celebrate because I was able to have a one full day of spending time with my family and offering Thanksgiving to God for all the blessing that received for the whole year.

  38. Christa Anne permalink
    21/11/2018 6:30 pm

    I’m so glad you recovered from your pneumonia. My health is something I am grateful for everyday. I am thankful for you and all of the positive energy you put into the world.

  39. Surekha Busa permalink
    21/11/2018 7:04 pm

    This is a special time for us to give and show gratitude not only to those people who made good things with us but most especially to God who made it all possible.

  40. Alexandra permalink
    21/11/2018 9:30 pm

    Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays! I love to get together with my family and enjoy good food while we count our blessings! It also marks the start to the most wonderful time of the year! 🙂

  41. Stuart Brazell permalink
    21/11/2018 9:33 pm

    We all have so much to be thankful. Wishing you such a wonderful holiday my dear!

  42. rhianwestbury permalink
    21/11/2018 9:38 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving for today! Hope you have a fantastic day x

  43. Melissa Bradbury permalink
    21/11/2018 10:38 pm

    I don’t know too much about thanksgiving so this has been a real insight, thank you.

  44. maartjevansandwijk permalink
    22/11/2018 1:59 am

    We don’t actually celebrate thanksgiving in the UK but it’s so important to think about what you’re thankful for. I’m thankful for my host family, my actual family and all the people I’ve met over the years.

  45. Rose A (@mail4rosey) permalink
    22/11/2018 4:18 am

    This is the first year we haven’t helped homeless people on Thanksgiving. We will for Christmas. We will miss helping this year too, things are just a bit different than usual. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  46. cleverlychanging permalink
    22/11/2018 5:50 am

    This Thanksgiving season I am most grateful for the health of my family. No one had a hospital stay and everyone is feeling well. That’s like a breath of fresh air to me overall.

  47. Chad permalink
    22/11/2018 6:20 am

    I love your motivation mondays posts! I am so thankful for many many blessings but especially being surrounded by amazing people. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones.

    Chad

  48. Gervin Khan permalink
    22/11/2018 6:42 am

    I love how Nigel Hamilton define the Thanksgiving and I agree with what he said that Thanksgiving is the time of togetherness and gratitude. Togetherness because family and friends are reunited and showing their gratitude for what you have and even the simple things.

  49. Laura Dove permalink
    22/11/2018 6:54 am

    Ah I think we should all be grateful for the events in our life, good and bad. I am so sad at the hard times I have been through but I am grateful for the lessons they taught me.

  50. Subhashish Roy permalink
    22/11/2018 8:19 am

    Your articles are so very enlightening. And this one too. In these busy times such thoughts make you sit back and look at the purpose of our life.

  51. Stephanie permalink
    22/11/2018 8:21 am

    We celebrate Thanksgiving with family. It doesn’t matter where we are, as long as we are with family. This year, we met my parents in the Florida Panhandle at a condo to spend the week together.

  52. slpowell permalink
    22/11/2018 8:56 am

    We are heading off to my dad’s today for Thanksgiving. I am so thankful to have my family to share holidays with, even though it always makes for a challenging conversation or two. (Yay, politics)

  53. fashionandstylepolice permalink
    22/11/2018 9:28 am

    What a lovely post. Happy Thanksgiving. I am thankful for life and all it brings. Enjoy the season.

  54. Eileen Mendoza Loya permalink
    22/11/2018 11:01 am

    I am thankful for the life that was given me. It is not perfect, but at least I have the most wonderful family and we face our challenges together. On Thanksgiving, we prefer to celebrate simply. Togetherness is more important, whether we are sharing a simple meal or a feast.

  55. Lex permalink
    22/11/2018 11:05 am

    Always good to have something and be thankful. Moments to be thankful for all we have and praying hoping for more. Happy Holidays and festivities to you and your.

  56. Preet permalink
    22/11/2018 1:51 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. This is the most especial day I have been waiting for each year aside from Christmas and New year. It is really a great day to celebrate together with our family.

  57. Sondra Barker permalink
    22/11/2018 5:06 pm

    I’m thankful for my loving friends and family. For all the abilities, opportunities and blessings that God has gifted me with!

  58. Peter permalink
    22/11/2018 5:19 pm

    I give thanks for everyone I love, and every opportunity that the world’s given me. I’m grateful for what I’m going to accomplish! Thanksgiving is a great time 🙂

  59. Melissa Sanchez permalink
    22/11/2018 5:38 pm

    When I start feeling down – there is nothing like counting my blessings and giving thanks for what I do have to make me realize, just how blessed I am. love the post, what a great reminder!

  60. nmgilb permalink
    22/11/2018 6:19 pm

    This was my first year hosting my in-laws for Thanksgiving. I’ve hosted friendsgiving for years but I felt like this year I moved up to the big leagues.

  61. Chloé Hamard permalink
    22/11/2018 10:15 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving. We all have loads of things to be grateful for and we should express gratitude every single day

  62. Akamatra permalink
    22/11/2018 10:32 pm

    I live a blessed life with health and I am extremely thankful for my family! My daughter and husband make my life full and my passions give it spice.

  63. Kristine Nicole Alessandra permalink
    22/11/2018 11:11 pm

    I believe giving thanks should be done everyday. We are blessed with God’s graces everyday but we fail to see it. I am forever thankful for the love and guidance He provides and for blessing me with a family who loves me despite my flaws.

  64. Diana Tidswell permalink
    23/11/2018 12:11 am

    I have a lot of things that I need to be thankful and one of them is for the life that I have everyday. On this Thanksgiving I am wishing to have peace and harmony in everyone’s heart and in this world.

  65. Diana Tidswell permalink
    23/11/2018 3:00 am

    I am so grateful not only for all the good things but also to those bad things happened because of that it makes me strong and brave everyday.

  66. FoodyFoodie permalink
    23/11/2018 3:28 am

    Seize the moment, be thankful to everything you possess.Everyday can be my thanksgiving day.

  67. Brittany Srawbridge permalink
    23/11/2018 4:24 am

    This is such a very important day of my life because this is the day were family comes together to offer their Thanksgiving to God and to their love ones.

  68. Clare Minall permalink
    23/11/2018 4:48 am

    We don’t celebrate thanksgiving but I already experience how to celebrate it when I travel in the US 2 years ago. I love the tradition and how it made each family complete.

  69. Daphbe permalink
    23/11/2018 4:48 am

    I literally love thanksgiving. I love the gratefulness that pours around and I love the family and the I love the food.

  70. scrapbookadventures365 permalink
    23/11/2018 6:20 am

    Gratitude and Thanksgiving is so important and a lovely idea, I wish we did it more in the UK. I hope you had a lovely celebration.

  71. EBONI + IVORY permalink
    23/11/2018 8:18 am

    I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, but I love being reminded to give thanks. I am thankful for small things like being loved and appreciated, being alive, living in London and the roof over my head.

  72. Rhea Evangelista permalink
    23/11/2018 8:23 am

    I joyfully share my blessings & prayers.. I am forever grateful for my family and husband, and of course good health. Happy thanksgiving!

  73. Tasha at Lady Boss Studio permalink
    23/11/2018 8:29 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I absolutely agree that we should be thankful for all of the lessons we learn, even the harsh ones. Those lessons help us grow and evolve.

  74. Bree permalink
    23/11/2018 8:44 am

    Seize each moment to say thank you is my favorite here. We need to have a reminder to be grateful especially around holidays!

  75. Sophia permalink
    23/11/2018 9:34 am

    Gratitude should be an everyday thing. Being thankful is so very important in our lives.

  76. Lakshmi permalink
    23/11/2018 10:11 am

    Such a lovely blog.. I have come from a place where we do not follow thanksgiving tradition and this is one festival i totally love with… such lovely thing to feel thankful and and spend time with family..

  77. alittlechinwag permalink
    23/11/2018 10:48 am

    WOWEE! So good! We thank God for your life. Thanksgiving is such a good time to reflect and see how far you’ve come. Wishing you and your family a happy thanksgiving!!!!! 🙂

  78. Miljana permalink
    23/11/2018 11:57 am

    I bet that “the gift of life” shook a brain. We all need to appreciate ourselves because that is the only way to stay happy and healthy.

  79. ehdesignmn permalink
    23/11/2018 1:47 pm

    I’m thankful for my family! I’m thankful for their happiness and their health! I love Thanksgiving!

  80. Jack branson permalink
    23/11/2018 2:34 pm

    Amazing post, probably my favorite quote is the first one which is in the beginning of this post.

  81. Cindy permalink
    23/11/2018 3:11 pm

    I love the poem Thanksgiving Observance! I have so many things to be grateful for and it reminds me to “count my health instead of my wealth and to rely on God instead of myself.” Love it!

  82. lifewithjoshandkristyn permalink
    23/11/2018 3:25 pm

    I love the way you wrote out your recipe of thanks. Being thankful should be an everyday thing no matter how big or small, each day we get to live is already something to always be thankful for.

  83. The Momnipresent Mother permalink
    23/11/2018 3:33 pm

    I thought I had already commented on this post but maybe I forgot to. I love how you say that we should be grateful for the harsh lessons as we often learn much more from them than the easy ones. i know personally I am thankful for the many harsh lessons I have learned from, and still grateful for the easy ones as well. I love this season for how it seems to make everyone think more clearly about what they have to be thankful for.

  84. slpowell permalink
    23/11/2018 4:01 pm

    There are so many times I felt led to do something like stop and thank a first responder and chickened out. Next time, I will not let myself convince myself to walk away. Thank you for this post.

  85. eloise permalink
    23/11/2018 6:58 pm

    Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday and is usually pushed aside quickly for the Xmas time… Giving thanks allows us to reflect on what we have in life and be grateful, it’s the holiday that reminds us ‘hey, what am I thankful for in my life?’ and that’s beautiful and meaningful.
    I LOVE getting together with my entire family, just being together under one roof and sharing time, love, and food is amazing… and I’m thankful for that!

  86. kumamonjeng permalink
    23/11/2018 7:49 pm

    I love the poem of What am I thankful for. The recipe look pretty cute and warm and stir them together you get plenty of happiness in life. The one lesson I get out from this post is “seize every opportunity to thank for”.

  87. nicol permalink
    23/11/2018 11:28 pm

    your recipe of thanks is cute to read. us brits don’t celebrate thanksgiving but we should be thankful everyday

  88. Lyosha Varezhkina (@lyoshathegirl) permalink
    24/11/2018 2:56 am

    Best wished for you for Thankgiving! Your blog is a part of what I am thankful for. I am so glad I can read your inspiration weekly!

  89. Rose A (@mail4rosey) permalink
    24/11/2018 4:40 am

    I totally understand your desire to want to pull over and say thank you to the officers. I bet they would have liked it too. 🙂 It is important to be grateful every single day, in every situation. That last one can stretch us, but I still think it’s true.

  90. Terri Ramsey Beavers permalink
    24/11/2018 4:50 am

    What a beautiful worded Thanksgiving tribute. Every thing we do makes us who we umtimately become so I agree that we should be thankful for everything, not just the good things.

  91. Terri Ramsey Beavers permalink
    24/11/2018 6:18 am

    I’ve never jumped out of my car to say thanks to anyone but I think it’s a great idea. We should always be thankful for everything.

  92. Danielle permalink
    24/11/2018 6:42 am

    I have so many things to be thanful for as well and I think it is important to reflect on that not only this time of year but all year long.

  93. Denni permalink
    24/11/2018 7:19 am

    hope you had a wonderful thanksgiving ! Gratitude is everything

  94. Ellie Plummer permalink
    24/11/2018 7:20 am

    I love that you wrote what you are thankful for like a recipe. It’s so important to remember what we are grateful for, especially when it comes to friends and family.

  95. aisasami permalink
    24/11/2018 8:14 am

    I am thankful for my mom. We might fight a lot but she did so much for me!

  96. toastycritic permalink
    24/11/2018 2:25 pm

    I really love how you put the end of the poem the power of prayer with the immutable grace of God. Such a beautiful thing to be thankful for every day.

  97. Jana permalink
    24/11/2018 3:57 pm

    Wow, that gave me chills reading about how you said thank you to all those people right before 9/11 happened. You never know, so saying thanks and being kind are very important.

  98. Mommy Sigrid permalink
    24/11/2018 6:02 pm

    I had to thank God for my family and the liberty to go around with them. I may not have a happy childhood but I wish to give my children an awesome one.

  99. presiiicom permalink
    24/11/2018 6:10 pm

    I’m thankful for life, thankful that I can breathe without a machine. As I spent thanksgiving taking care of these patients, I thought I should be more thankful for life

  100. kartika nair permalink
    24/11/2018 9:45 pm

    Loving all the thanksgiving quotes . Feels like a motivation Monday festive style 🙂

  101. miljance93mommysup permalink
    25/11/2018 3:12 am

    These wishes look like a poem. 🙂 I love “Pounds and ounces of friends” a lot!

  102. Times With Kai Mommy Blog permalink
    25/11/2018 4:59 am

    we don’t have thanksgiving here, but there’s always something to be thankful for. I am always thankful for the blessings I receive everyday. For my strong relationships, and for this life I have. I have everything I need and more.

  103. aditi permalink
    25/11/2018 6:25 am

    Great post on the true blessings of Thanksgiving and I love the recipe you shared.

  104. With Love Moni permalink
    25/11/2018 8:19 am

    For me Thanksgiving is day to thank everyone who have given me scars, the one who lied, had been pretentious. I thank them in my mind every year because they are the reason I am here today.

  105. American Travel Geek (@AmerTravelGeek) permalink
    25/11/2018 9:37 am

    Good post. Thanksgiving is important, and should be a daily habit. It is important to instill the habit of gratitude

  106. kattyscreamery permalink
    25/11/2018 1:59 pm

    So much to be thankful for! I especially love the recipe of thanks, so glad you shared.

  107. Nicole Anderson permalink
    25/11/2018 3:28 pm

    For me, I am thankful for health and happiness that is present for most of the time. Friendships are something I am thankful for also and I must admit I am in awe of your family who provide food and aid to the homeless. That is absolutely taking such a wonderful leadership role for Thanksgiving and is something I would also love to do, as well as inspire others to do something similar. The key message behind Thanksgiving is just so important to us all if we truly value life and each other.

  108. Adriana permalink
    25/11/2018 4:52 pm

    I love thanksgiving. it allows us to bring life into perspective with eachother and be grateful. Its just a warm feeling type of holiday were we all gather together and just enjoy eachothers time. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

  109. Stephanie permalink
    25/11/2018 4:55 pm

    Thanksgiving, for me, is all about spending time with family. This year, we met my parents at a condo on the beach halfway between us. We didn’t have a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, but we spent it together, which was all we need!

  110. Flossie permalink
    25/11/2018 5:50 pm

    Thank you for the beautiful reflections on Thanksgiving. I have been sick for the entire past week, so sick I’ve had no appetite and have slept more hours than not – so I’ve been grateful that we spent the holidays at my in-laws’ and I did NOT have to worry about cooking Thanksgiving dinner!

  111. Natasha permalink
    25/11/2018 5:53 pm

    I love spending thanksgiving with my family. It’s a day that helps put in perspective how important family is. I am grateful to be surrounded by such a wonderful family.

  112. Travel with Karla permalink
    25/11/2018 6:30 pm

    Thanksgiving is really a time for reflection. What am I really thankful for? I thank God for his never ending grace!

  113. thestyletune permalink
    25/11/2018 11:14 pm

    We don’t have a thanksgiving day in my culture but other festivals with the same spirit! its so good to be thankful for everything!

  114. ♡Stephanie Stebbins♡ (@stephsteb) permalink
    26/11/2018 12:34 am

    I have so many things in my life that I am thankful for. It’s good to stop and think sometimes about gratitude. I am definitely thankful for all of the lessons in life (good or bad)!

  115. candy permalink
    26/11/2018 3:10 am

    There are always many things to be thankful for everyday. I am a glass is always half full kind of person.

  116. Joshua permalink
    26/11/2018 7:28 am

    I have so much to be grateful for and constantly remind myself everyday. Its important to remember all the good things in life, and not to dwell on the losses

  117. Clarice permalink
    26/11/2018 11:25 am

    Thanksgiving is also one of my favorite holidays. It is one where I really look forward to spend time with family. There are a lot of things we should be thankful for and despite all life’s challenges — I realized that we are all blessed and that being grateful should go beyond Thanksgiving but rather we must be thankful everyday.

  118. Sauumye Chauhan permalink
    26/11/2018 12:40 pm

    This is the best time to be family and I am thankful that I have such a supportive family !!!

  119. Sauumye Chauhan permalink
    26/11/2018 12:42 pm

    This is the best time to be with family and I am thankful for having such a loving and supportive family.

  120. Jack Bransson permalink
    26/11/2018 1:38 pm

    There is a lot to be thankful for this year, I’m thankful for being healthy and have good friends!

  121. sarah camille permalink
    26/11/2018 1:49 pm

    I love the quotes you shared! Practicing gratitude each day can make such a big difference in our happiness and outlooks on life.

  122. laveremis permalink
    26/11/2018 5:14 pm

    What a moving story about your drive to say thank you before 9/11! Such a good reminder for us to take the opportunity to pay a compliment or say thank you when we get the urge. It always matters! Wonderful post Elizabeth!

  123. Coleccion De Fotografia permalink
    26/11/2018 7:00 pm

    I am thankful for a lot of things, for every sunrise and for every sunset. I am thankful for the food on the table and most of all, I am thankful for the gift of life.

  124. Brittany Srawbridge permalink
    26/11/2018 11:10 pm

    This is one of the wonderful day for me to celebration not only because I am so thankful for everything that I have but because it is also the time for me to be with my family on this day.

  125. Blair villanueva permalink
    26/11/2018 11:46 pm

    Here in the Philippines, we dont have a separate day for thanksgiving. Usually, Christmas Day is also our thanksgiving day.
    We are grateful and thankful for all the blessings, important is the family is healthy and happy.

  126. Mahima permalink
    27/11/2018 1:25 am

    That recipe of thanks mentioned in the post is very touching. Truth be told it’s what makes life well rounded and worth every penny.

  127. Bindu Thomas permalink
    27/11/2018 2:03 am

    Thanksgiving is not celebrated in my country. It sounds really amazing! I would like to celebrate it once.

  128. Kim permalink
    27/11/2018 5:46 am

    These are some beautiful words! I am grateful for all of my loved ones and every single day I get to live on this Earth–life is a precious gift.

  129. ashtalk177886949 permalink
    27/11/2018 6:15 am

    I love the way you’ve described the thankfulness of the life.Having such a positive mind is a bliss really.
    Regards
    Ali Ash

  130. Elizabeth Edgar permalink
    27/11/2018 12:13 pm

    Thank you for this post! I enjoyed the quotes and poems! I love this time of the year to reflect on the year and be thankful for the experiences/memories I created with my family.

  131. Amanda Arthur Krill permalink
    27/11/2018 2:27 pm

    Sometimes it’s SO hard to be thankful for the hard stuff – but it all makes us who we are. Love this.

  132. twinspirational permalink
    27/11/2018 8:35 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. We love this holiday and we celebrated with 2 Friendsgivings and concluding with a Thanksgiving.

  133. melissa permalink
    28/11/2018 7:45 am

    such a great post! love how the families get to together during these holidays. We live in such a busy world that we need to make time for family.

  134. Blair permalink
    28/11/2018 5:52 pm

    I have had two accidents that I have been lucky enough to walk away from, not without complications. I able to continue to share my life with my family and experience theirs successes. I’m thankful for them.

  135. The Color Coded Mom permalink
    29/11/2018 10:49 am

    A happy belated Thanksgiving to you! I really love it when people put the emphasis on gratitude rather than gratuitous quantities of food. Our world needs so much more of this!

  136. THE JOYOUS LIVING permalink
    30/11/2018 8:00 am

    i really like your poem. what would we do without our pets right? and God’s grace is truly immutable! Joy

  137. Sue Anderson permalink
    30/11/2018 8:34 am

    That’s a whole lotta gratitude! Isn’t it funny how when we start counting our blessings, the list grows and grows?

  138. Kate Loves Travel permalink
    30/11/2018 10:17 am

    Great post! I think it’s good to take stock every so often and realise how much we have to be thankful for…

  139. Neely Moldovan (@Neelykins) permalink
    30/11/2018 10:17 am

    I am grateful for all lessons harsh or easy! So good to think that way

  140. Stephanie permalink
    30/11/2018 3:59 pm

    Oh my gosh, how scary that a cold got that bad! My sister just brought my nephew to the ER last week because of how he was acting and he had pneumonia but they caught it really early. Also, I’ve done the same thing before, with debating on doing something too long that I miss the opportunity.

  141. Amays Ziing 💋 (@sairdaK) permalink
    30/11/2018 4:50 pm

    I am so thankful that I’m still blessed everyday. although sometimes we encounter ups and downs in life. When I read Your blog it makes me inspired. Love all of your post!

  142. Ally Jones permalink
    30/11/2018 8:23 pm

    Thank you so much for posting this. I find it’s so important now to be thankful for everything you have.

  143. Jennifer Brock permalink
    30/11/2018 9:22 pm

    The biggest thing I was thankful for this year was that my son is healthy! Last year he was dying and this year he is beaming with health and life

    • Eliz@MirthandMotivation permalink*
      02/12/2018 5:58 pm

      Praise God!

  144. Rachel permalink
    01/12/2018 1:37 am

    In the U.K. we don’t celebrate thanksgiving but I think it’s such a lovely celebration. So nice to think about what we are grateful and thankful for and another good excuse to get together with friends and family and be happy.

  145. forkwardthinkingfoodinista permalink
    01/12/2018 3:40 am

    Even though life can be tough at times, you have to try and be thankful for what you have. Great post btw xx

  146. Andrea permalink
    01/12/2018 11:30 am

    I say and send thanks hundred times per day and it makes me feel good. Thanksgiving is a great day to increase these thanks even more, make them sound and feel even more sincere.

  147. Angela Tolsma permalink
    01/12/2018 1:14 pm

    I am glad you listened to your kids and are still here today. I finally dragged my husband and myself to the doctors on Monday and I am glad I did. Being thankful for our lives is important and I don’t take it for granted.

  148. crystalish1 permalink
    02/12/2018 7:14 am

    “Count your kind deeds instead of your mean.” How I love those words! Sometimes I am too harsh on myself and I obsess over what I did wrong instead of what I am doing right.

  149. Anita Mckaney permalink
    03/12/2018 3:08 am

    I just love all the quotes about Thanksgiving. It is my absolute favorite holiday! The proof of that is that my Christmas tree just went up yesterday, lol! I was still celebrating Thanksgiving!

  150. BluKatDesign Upcycled Jewelry permalink
    03/12/2018 7:23 am

    This post is a great reminder to be thankful every day! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  151. amandahrosson permalink
    05/12/2018 9:27 pm

    What a lovely post! There are so many things to be thankful for – I’m so glad we have a day to reflect on those things with loved ones.

  152. Adriana permalink
    06/12/2018 7:49 pm

    Love the quote. I really believe we should count on God more than ourselves.

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