Wednesday, November 24, 2010

With Thanks

Yesterday a flock of birds stopped in the tree by our garage. Cedar waxwings? They were high up, and back lit. They made short, sweet whistles, a tst tst tst. I am glad I was there to see them stop in our tree, so thankful to have heard them.

Ferris watched parade float activity... twelve! robotics members were here working on the float and decorations. 12!

I am thankful for our space, our resources, our opportunities.

I am thankful for our pets... the cats, rabbits, chickens, the Ratty-rats. I am thankful for Dr. G, our kind veterinarian. I am thankful for fresh eggs, purring, bunny noses, and Pepper's whiskers.

I am thankful for rest, and comfort, for warmth, peace. I am thankful for home, our shelter, and the base from where we can launch our dreams.

I am thankful for the laughter we share, for things we have in common, and the unique things we bring to the mix. I am thankful for love, for my husband, my children.

I am thankful for our good health. I am thankful for what we have learned, where we have been, and for our hopes, for where we may go.

Natalie, tia Rosario, Hans, Abuela Antonia, prima RosaMaria.
Las Tinajas, El Valle.

I am thankful for memories, and heritage, for cool water at the end of long walks. I am thankful for familia.

I am thankful for friends. I am thankful for our community. I am thankful for our neighbors. I am thankful for the kindness of strangers, the friends I have not met yet. I am thankful for the friends I have met here, at Chickenblog.

I am thankful for robots. Real and imagined. I am thankful for God, and science, for math, art, music, inspiration, glitter, glue, and curiosity.

I am thankful for joy... the plentiful joy that inspires smiles and love, and makes each day good. I am thankful for the parts of life and people in our lives that brought us here, to this place and time, where we can reflect and give thanks. Life is messy, and funny, and hard, and beautiful, it knocks me down, makes me cry, it lifts me up and pushes me forward, it is good.

I am thankful for emotional expression, and smiling back at happy pictures.


Jennifer said...

And I, so very truly and completely, am thankful for you.

Jen ( said...

I am thankful that you are thankful. Such beautiful words and photographs. Thank you for sharing.

natalie said...

You have such a great life! Happy Thanksgiving Holidays to you too!

nikkipolani said...

What a wonderful fun list of thankfulnesses! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Natalie!

Cat said...

I am thankful that I read a happy blog like this on a day that I really needed it...

Have a happy Thanksgiving!


dewatobay said...

I'm thankful to have discovered a generous spirit such as yourself, who is willing to share the richness of your life with the rest of us!
love & hugs, maria

Miriam said...

It sounds like you're on your way to a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration - I hope it is the best one yet!

Golden West said...

It's been a delight making you acquaintance, Natalie, and stopping by your "neighborhood" to see what you're up to. Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

We had a flock af Cedar Waxwings here in our garden about the 14th November, they rarely come to the UK. Happy Thanksgiving.