Becoming Kindred Blog


Today, we are on the highway driving past the beautifully changing fall leaves. We are off to find Thanksgiving. I’m feeling a little sardine-like with how we fit in our vehicle now. A glance in the rearview shows Molly’s ears flopping in the wind (yes, she is always tethered carefully with shelter as an option, thank you for asking to all the many concerned people over the years) and she is ecstatic that she was allowed to join us. Other sundry odds and ends in the back include the girls bikes, a bag of apples from the orchard up the road that will become a pie, and 4 pumpkins for pie and hopefully a pumpkin spice latte…oh change that. 3 pumpkins were forgotten on the porch, make that one in the back. Oh and a tree. Aneliese wanted to bring a Thanksgiving tree upon which she intends to hang crab apples where we have written our “thankfuls”. After telling me her plan yesterday, she headed out with a butter knife to choose a tree; her daddy came to the rescue and now we have our little tree.

 Needless to say we are all quite looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with dear friends with an added bonus of being a short walk from the ocean. Thanksgiving is a favorite celebration of mine. Okay so maybe any time that I can share food and friendship with family, new or old friends is a delight. Still, I do like gathering  together in thankfulness for the gifts given. This year, I’m struck with the thought that gifts are not always easy nor as I would choose, but that they hold what I need.

So today I am thankful for:

  • New red shoes (I’ve been needing a good pair for while and red is just the icing)
  • A community of friends
  • 3 blue-eyed sprites who scatter joy
  • A certain handsome artist
  • Hope within doubt
  • Healing
  • Promises

What are you thankful for? Are there hard things this year that you are searching for thankfulness within?