Yeah, I know Thanksgiving was 3 days ago, but it happens to be one of my favorite holidays. Undoubtedly, Greta and I have so much to be thankful for this year, not the least of which is the miracle documented on this blog. Thanksgiving seems to be a forgotten holiday. It seems the retailers would rather to turn it into a sort of Christmas Junior. To the consumerists, the most important aspect of Thanksgiving is the retail sales of the following day. I guess we can be thankful that they have not yet invented a Turkey Claus who flies around the world delivering garbage from China to all the boys and girls of the world. It's saddening that this Thanksgiving was followed up by people trampling each other to death at a New York Wal-Mart in pursuit of Black Friday trash for Christmas. I not entirely sure that Jesus intended us to go on spending sprees, purchasing crap we don't need, in celebration of his birth each year. Something seems very wrong about this to me.
Thanksgiving should be a time of reflection, of truly giving thanks to God for the gifts we are given. When I start thinking of what I am thankful for, my mind starts to numb up. I am so truly blessed, so fortunate and loved by my family that I cannot begin to explain how thankful I am. I like that there is a day to remind me of it all.
This weekend I also celebrated my 35th birthday, which is a little milestone in itself. A birthday celebrated much differently than the one 14 years ago in which I did a questionable number of shots and proceeded to have an altercation with roommate's pet alligator. Life has changed quite a bit since then. Lately, the kids the have been perfect. They have been so much fun, and have given Greta and I little grief. Below are some pictures from the last week, notice the difference between small, medium and large.
Life is good!