My blogging has been sporadic at best, lately. Even that is somewhat of an understatement. Truth is, if it wasn’t for IBOT, Thankful Thursday, Wordless Wednesday, I’d probably never blog at all.
But I couldn’t miss this week, when the biggest Thankful Thursday of all happens State-side. It’s Thanksgiving!
In the 11 years I spent living in the US, Thanksgiving came to be my very favourite holiday. Unlike Christmas, which has been over-run by commercialism and the main focus of getting gifts, Thanksgiving is a time to get together with family and/or friends, to feast on yummy foods, and to reflect and give thanks for all the blessings in your life. Historically, Thanksgiving started as a celebration of harvest. No presents are exchanged, no great expense is expected. Food is eaten, football is watched, good times are had and thanks is given. If you ask me, every weekend should be Thanksgiving weekend.
I’m thankful for the time I spent living in the US. I became an adult in the US. I had my first “real” job, lived on my own for the first time, bought my first house, had my first pets, and of course, met my husband. It was a long time to be gone, and such a long way to be from family. Now it’s my husband who is paying that price of being so far from family that a visit is rare.
Last week was the 5th Anniversary of us moving back to Australia. I just can’t believe it’s already been that long. We were so fortunate to have things work out how they did, to have sold our house just before the GFC, to get to spend 28 days in Europe prior to leaving, and to move just when I found out I was pregnant. The stars aligned, and we were obviously meant to be here, as I lost my grandma, dad and uncle all within 3 years of coming home. I know I needed to be here for all those things, and the universe made it so.
So this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for “home”, wherever it has been the last 16 years. I’m thankful for the opportunities I (and we) took that led us to this day, this place, with this gorgeous boy of ours, living in paradise. We are truly, truly blessed and I never want to take that for granted.
What are you Thankful for? Link up with the gals at We Heart Life and check out what everyone else is Thankful for, too.