I use the month of November to be thankful. A few years ago we started the tradition of the Thankfulness tree (although altered slightly) and this year it was bigger than ever. Every guest that visits writes what they are thankful for – we get one-word answers or epic poems – and hangs it on the tree. It’s heartwarming to to see an empty branch fill with positive and hopeful messages from the people we love.

Earlier this month we had Friendsgiving; Mr. B and Ed came over on Wednesday;Danny, Cory and B continued their Lions game Thanksgiving Day tradition and we went to our cousins for a perfect holiday gathering; and we had people over on Friday.

Since we did a double header on meals by hosting on Friday, I made a slightly less traditional menu and recommend it – I served roasted chicken instead of turkey and variations of Brussels sprouts, sweet potatoes and stuffing/dressing that were all well received. I also made my favorite pie to kick off another stretch of sugar free living.

It’s no surprise that what I’m most thankful for this year is Lucas, he’s absolute perfection. I’m thankful for Danny, he’s made me the happy person I am most days and stands by me on the days when I’m not so cheerful. I’m thankful for our house, it’s everything we wanted and only possible because one of my Dad’s last acts was to have insurance for us kids. I’m thankful for my Mom who has been so much help this year with Lucas, I feel for anyone who doesn’t have a grandma within a 5 minute drive. I’m thankful for B who is unbelievably generous and looks out for my family. I’m thankful for my amazing friends and family who are always supportive of my passions and there when I need them. I’m thankful for all the women and men who have fought and sacrificed so that I can live as comfortably as I do and I will do my very best to pay it forward.






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