Worship as we choose
Worshiping God as we choose

This weekend is an opportunity for me to remember that for which I am grateful.  We ate with HH’s enormous family yesterday, and my small one comes over this Sunday.  I’ll get to have dressing then because I’m preparing much of the meal, and it will be gluten and casein free.

Following are my top ten reasons for being grateful for this moment in time.

10.  I live in a country where we are still free to worship God as we see Him.  This is a freedom much of the world does not enjoy.

9.  That, although much is made about the food at Thanksgiving, it is an opportunity to break bread and spend time with our friends and families.

8.  That a five-year-old child, my nephew, came to visit and made me remember what it’s like to love fast cars (Hot Wheels), Batman, a soft, green blanket named Silky and Nilla wafers.

In addition to laying mulch & cleaning, let's remember to stop and swing.

7.  That the Blue Jays join the Cardinals in swoops, fits and starts, celebrating the abundance of bird seed in our feeders.

6.  Having a husband who so “gets” me that he lets me keep expanding the gardens.  That he sees the beauty in them too.

5.  Last night’s rain.

4.  Blue skies today.

3.  Not having to go out in the crowds.

2.  The companionship of a good book and hot tea and EnviroKidz Organic Gluten-Free Animal Cookies, Vanilla, 9-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 12).  They aren’t Barnum’s, but they’re good.

1.  My family.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!


  1. Hi Dee, I am happy to be reminded of even more things to be thankful for! I’m glad I stopped by today! Jan

  2. debra says:

    Hi Dee, Happy week-after-Thanksgiving. I am still feeling warm and fuzzy from my holiday of thanks and reading your post reminds me why. We worry so much about what we DON’T have these days. But you remind us of the priceless possessions. All for the better. Fondly, with love, Deb

    debra´s last blog post..Gifts for Gardeners: Hoe, HOE, Hoe

    Happy week after to you too. I know, with the economy, it is very scary out here and there, but our faith sustains us. XOXO~~Dee

  3. David says:

    You dear are one of those people on my list: People I’m grateful for. People I’m richer for knowing.

    Thank you, David. I feel the same about you.~~Dee

  4. rochelle says:

    while cruising I discovered your blog…I commented on my enjoyable visit at


    Hi Rochelle, I’m glad you found me. I hope you keep coming back.~~Dee

  5. Carla says:

    Family is my favorite part. The ones I see often, and ones just on holidays. The nice, boring, hanging out together. I love it!!! I like Thanksgiving best, because there is no ‘gift’ pressure. Sad huh? My list would be very similar to yours. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

    Carla´s last blog post..Bloomin’ Tuesday! 12/02/08

    Beautifully said, my mellow Carla. No, Thanksgiving is all about the gift we’ve already received, although that’s what Christmas should be about too, now that I think about it.~~Dee

  6. Marnie says:

    Dee, that is a great list. Many of mine are there too.

    Hi Marnie, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad we all have a list.~~Dee

  7. Liisa says:


    I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I really enjoyed your top 10 list. : D
    While I try to remind myself each day of the things for which I am grateful, the list has grown considerably this year. It’s wonderful to have a day to celebrate our gratitude with family.
    Thanks for sharing.


    Liisa´s last blog post..Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Hi Liisa, I always love your comments, and I love how your name is spelled. Thanksgiving is a great holiday for us all, isn’t it?~~Dee

  8. Chandramouli says:

    Hi Dee,
    Nice photos and you have a good heart, which I see from your list and also your soothing words at my blog. Thank you sooo much. 🙂

    Chandramouli´s last blog post..At loss of words…

    Thank you, Chandramouli for your kind words.~~Dee

  9. wiseacre says:

    Hope you had a better Holiday with family than you imagined.

    I’m even thankful for my in-laws. Without them I would never have met my better half.

    wiseacre´s last blog post..Black Friday Observations

    Me too. I always think that of my MIL, without her would be no HH.~~Dee

  10. kerri says:

    I love your list, Dee. We are blessed indeed. Number 6 especially made me smile 🙂 My husband has this wonderful quality too 🙂
    I’m glad you had such a happy Thanksgiving celebration. Enjoy your family today…and the gluten free dressing!

    kerri´s last blog post..Snowy Thanksgiving

  11. Pam/Digging says:

    It sounds like a wonderful Thanksgiving, Dee. Enjoy your Sunday feast with family as well.

    Pam/Digging´s last blog post..Book review: Plant-Driven Design

  12. Hi,Dee,I’m glad you are blessed with those two distinct families and have not one but two opportunities to celebrate all you have to be grateful for! Thanks for sharing your lovely world with all of us. 🙂 Kathryn xoxo

  13. CurtissAnn says:

    Envirokiz is definitely the best! Yesterday during computer struggles, I ate half a box of Kinnikinnick animal cookies. 🙂

    CurtissAnn´s last blog post..Book Tag on a Day for Fun

  14. Sounds like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Beautiful piccies and sentiment.

    Come pick up your award at mine!

    Brit’ Gal Sarah´s last blog post..Major Awards catch-up!

  15. Brenda Kula says:

    I was out in the crowds for just a bit yesterday, and I have learned my lesson! You have such a beautiful space to enjoy your own personal brand of tranquility and tea and a good book.

    Brenda Kula´s last blog post..Future In A Gazing Ball?

  16. What great things to celebrate! You are blessed, Dee.

    Mr. McGregor’s Daughter´s last blog post..Why do I garden?

  17. Thank you Dee cause you make this blogging world a beautiful place to be. I share all the things on your list and love that you included a swing too.

    Anna/Flowergardengirl´s last blog post..If You Had A Weathered Fence?

  18. Leslie says:

    I’m grateful for your putting this into words so that I stopped to appreciate the many things in my life for which I am grateful…thank you!

    Leslie´s last blog post..Garden Blogger Bloom Day November 2008

  19. Amy says:

    What a wonderful list of things to be grateful for Dee. It’s good sometimes to stop and think specifically about the good things in our lives. Even the smallest things can be such a blessing.

    I want to let you know that I’m having a Christmas giveaway on my blog this week – a little tree ornament I made. I would love it if you’re able to pop by and enter my contest 🙂


    Amy´s last blog post..Frosting

  20. carolyngail says:

    Wonderful, Dee. It’s the little things that we need to remember and be grateful for. Thanks for this wonderful post.

    carolyngail´s last blog post..END OF SEASON SPECIALS

  21. An excellent list! Hope you continue to have a thankful weekend.

  22. Gail says:


    Beautiful photographs and a wonderful list…we are blessed to be with loving family and friends during the holidays. gail

    Gail´s last blog post..I am truly thankful for you….

  23. Paula says:

    thanks for reminding me…

    Paula´s last blog post..Scarf Done at Long Last

  24. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Dee to you and yours. This is a very good top 10 list.

  25. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for leaving such a nice comment on my blog Dee. 🙂
    I was going to write a similar Thankful post earlier in the week until we all came down with a horrible flu bug. Now I am VERY thankful that we are all feeling much better. 🙂

    Cynthia´s last blog post..One Nasty Bug

  26. joey says:

    I see you have much to be thankful for, Dee. How lucky you are, as am I. Enjoy your Sunday feast!

  27. Nola says:

    Isn’t it wonderful that we have Thanksgiving, so we can slow down and remember why we are so blessed!
    Oh, dear, I see you got rain last night. We are headed to Oklahoma Sunday, I HOPE it’s not cold and rainy! Hubby’s family is near “the City”. From Nov through Feb I am always afraid I’ll get caught in a snowstorm up there!

    Nola´s last blog post..ONE HUNDRED

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