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Five Things for Which I Am Thankful

Five Things for Which I Am Thankful

It's Day 28 of 30 Days|FIVE Things and it's Thanksgiving! Thinking beef, turkey, kids and husbands today.

1.  I like turkey as much as the next beef producer, but I am grateful to have grown up in a house where Thanksgiving meant beef. And that it wasn't until I was a teenager when I began to wonder what these "turkey day" traditions were all about. But I am a major fan of the leftover turkey sandwich, and the turkey itself. So there's that.

Image design by Erin Ehnle, of Keeping it Real: Through the Lens of a Farm Girl.

2.  Thanksgivings with family around the table. I know; so obvious. But I will forever remember Thanksgiving 2011 as the last with my children and my parents around the same table. It was the last holiday where Mom was able to sit at the table. She directed operations and I worked the kitchen, and we pulled off a reasonably happy Thanksgiving. It came on the heels of a fall that saw Mom regain strength and independence, before the cancer began to take over again. Christmas was not as good. But that was a good Thanksgiving.

3.  Food. And grocery stores with stocked shelves. And farms full of crops and livestock. We are a blessed nation.

4.  Children who say wonderfully quirky things. Like this ditty from Caroline, 5: "When you feed a bunny, you should always keep your fingers back. And be careful because she can pee on you." Priceless words of wisdom, right there, from the five-year-old rabbit farmer.

5.  John Spangler. (And yes: if you add those in, it makes 45. But let's not do that math.)

Wishing you all the chance to gather 'round the table today with your family and friends, to give thanks for an abundant harvest and a blessed life, no matter the circumstances of the past year. Happiest of Thanksgivings!

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