Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Another holiday season is upon us.  Turkeys and mistletoe, cranberry sauce and fruitcakes, pilgrims and Santa Claus.  Ahhhh, the sights and sounds of the season.  The day after tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I'm looking forward to a feast!  I know many of you are too, plus football and long naps.

But, you know, it isn't called THANKSgiving for nothing.  Besides the pecan pies and pigskins, it is a time to reflect on how we've been blessed.  Sooooo, here's my feeble attempt.  But, before I go too far, I have to make a deal with you.  If you read my list, I want you to do me a favor and post ONE comment... (okay more if you really want)... one comment about something YOU are thankful for.  You can leave it anonomously if you prefer, but I like comments and I want to read what you have to say.

Before the list, a story:

A few years ago, I tried to establish a tradition in our home where we would go around the table and share about one thing each of us was thankful for before we ate our Thanksgiving feast.  I think I'm the only one who had much enthusiasm for the idea.  It could be because when we're trying to do that there's a hot, delicious, crispy bird with all the fixin's sitting right under our noses. 

I will tell you one story though.  It was funny to us...maybe it could be for you too.  We were all gathered in our living room, my family and my nephew's family.  We were going around the circle sharing what we were each thankful for, and when the turn came for my nephew's oldest boy to share (he was in about sixth grade or so), I could have sworn that he said:  "I'm thankful for violence."

Huh!  What?!  We all turned and looked at him like he was some sort of giant fruitcake.

"What did you say?" I asked as calmly as I could.

"I said I was thankful for violins."

Giant sigh of relief.  He's not a psychopath...he just appreciates classical music.  Well, when you grew up on the south side of Muncie, that could seem pretty crazy too, but we were all feeling much better about his thoughts anyway.

Enough with the stories, and on with my list:

I am thankful for...

1.  Nancy Elaine DeCamp--A wonderful wife, an amazing mother, and a close friend.
2.  Angela DeCamp--A beautiful young woman with a brilliant mind and an even more brilliant talent  for art.
3.  Andrea DeCamp--Another beautiful young woman with a heart that knows no bounds in its love and loyalty.
4.  My employer--It keeps us under a roof, clothed, fed, warm, and is a company with integrity.
5.  My church family--They have embraced my family, given me new depth, and put me to work.
6.  God--His patience with my faults, His Grace in forgiving me, His willingness to make me useful.
7.  My fellow elders at Southeastern--They are all very different from one another, but seem to complement one another nicely.  I think our Father has assembled us for a very good reason.  They sometimes frustrate me, but mostly they humble me and support me,...and sometimes give me a good-natured hard time.
8.  Dale Robinson--We became fast friends about five years ago, and I always enjoy spending time with him.
9.  Greg York--This friendship was slower to develop, but has recently been a real joy to me.  (Thanks for the long talks after our meetings!)
10.  Physical Health--Last year, I tore my Achilles Tendon and at Thanksgiving I was in a cast and on crutches.  Over the last few years, I've herniated a disc in my neck, had a stress fracture in my foot, and torn the Achilles.  Each of those events has made it more and more clear to me just how precious physical ability is.  I am way out of shape right now, but I'm on the mend and will soon be back in the action.

I could go on and on...my boss, other friends, folks I work on committees with.  I have much to be thankful for.  I guess I should also say that I'm thankful for Google Blogger.  It's given me a nice outlet.

How about you?  Share one for me please.


  1. I am thankful for my husband and great kids. They bring me so much joy day in and day out and my life would be utterly empty without them. My husband who breaks his back everyday, no matter how cold it is outside (I know you Indiana family are laughing at that one) and sometimes no matter how sick he is (and should stay home) and goes to work so he can provide for his family. My daughter Austin who does everything I ask when I ask but challenges me mentally everyday, she is a tough one, takes after someone, not sure who. Then my other daughter Madison who won't do one thing I ask, makes me chase her to brush her teeth, put on clothes, or basically anything I want her to do besides take a bath! But she can give me that million dollar smile and giggle and take the anger right out of my throat in half a second, that girl is going to get away with murder some day. My most awesome mom who is always there when I need her and always does more for me than even asked. A mom that babysits so I can have a date night out with my husband, and then while she is babysitting actually puts my chitlins to bed (in there PJ's) before I get home and cleans my house??? What kind of miracle is that??? She is amazing in so many ways, her faith is never waivering, her generosity everflowing, she goes and goes and goes, Energizer Bunny! And my sisters Bonnie and Johnette, and Debbie from afar, and extended familys that surround me, either in the neighborhood (Grandma Tita) and my inlaws, or online if they live too far away (Uncle Mike and family, Cousin David and family, Cousin Krista and family, Aunt Kay and family, Carol and family, and on and on). I have so many wonderful family members and feel so blessed to have you all. My dance family, work family (my Kevin Lou Lou that is my best work BFF ever), and the families. My friends... wow I have it all. My god, with his mercy and grace for me, always foriving my trespassings and mistakes. Thank you for believing in me when I could not. My dog Cheyenne, my cat Crush and my Bun Bun. I have so much to be thankful for, it is hard to put it all into words.... but hopefully I mentioned the tip of the iceberg :) I love you Uncle Mike!!!!

  2. Awwww! I am thankful for my Uncle Mike who is such a great writer and wonderful person! I love you! We also go around the table at Thanksgiving and say whatever we are thankful for and every year it seems to get longer and more tears because we are so blessed. It is the best part of the meal. ;0) Big cuddles and hug-a-roni's to you and the entire fam! LOVE YOUS! Warm wishes from CAlifornia, Bonnie & The Fowler Tribe (Kev, Jarrett & Blakey)

  3. Bonnie Fowler - continued.... ;0) he heNovember 25, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    This year I am especially thankful for quitting smoking and getting certified to teach Zumba, my new Zumba family and to being healthy and to Mumzie also getting so healthy and the 100lbs we have lost togeza between her, me and Kev. Woot! Woot! What a fab year! Next year is gonna be even better! Muah!!!!