November 30, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!

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!


COTD_Girl said...

Happy birthday, Jason!

And, I just wanted to add an "Amen!" to your thoughts on Thanksgiving and the sad Black Friday event. I think that the best gift we could give Jesus for his birthday is to stay home on Black Friday, spend frugally through the holiday season, and share what we are so blessed to receive with someone truly in need.

Melissa said...

Hi Jason and Greta.
I just wanted to say that the kids are adorable! I am in total agreeance with the whole "Black Friday" issue as well...
On a different note, I have been trying to figure out how to add a slideshow to my blog, but can't.
Can you walk me through the process????
My blog is

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed Thanksgiving. I finally realized my dream when Gabbie came in the house and hugged me and said GAMMA!. Although Toys r Us was a mad house, I will always remember Niklas yelling caaaarr, caaaarrr!
These kids are so much fun and I love them very much.


Anonymous said...

We did the coolest thing on Thanksgiving on the way to the parade (church was on Wed. evening)...We started at our house and I told everyone to say something they were thankful for till we got to I-94. Well, we sure weren't done till we were quite a ways along on the expressway - and even then we kept saying things that came to our minds. It is so good to have a day to remember to do that. Those kids of yours are so incredibly cute!!! Thank you for sharing all the pictures! Lisa Davis