Sunday Gratitude 11.23.14


How was your Saturday, friends? I wasn’t feeling great, so the long list of tasks I intended to accomplish remained untouched. I felt guilty, like I was squandering the day, but Russ assured me it was okay to rest, so I did. The day turned out to be a gift.

This Wednesday Annarose is once again putting on a community Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of people. Last year, Share Thanksgiving was a huge success, and this year we expect it to be even bigger. Word got around that that there was turkey and all the yummy foods that go with it. And homemade pies — lots of pies.

Later this week I’ll have another post from my guest author, Sarah, who is telling her story of being orphaned at 8 and joining a new family. I’ll share her fourth and final post the following week.

The kids will be up in precisely 32 minutes, so I’m going to jump into my Gratitude List.

giving thanks #1531 – 1540

250 lbs. of Idaho potatoes donated by a man who read about Share Thanksgiving in the newspaper 

the WinCo manager who gave Annarose a fantastic deal on 17 turkeys

 folks who have signed up to bake a pie, roast a turkey, cook with us, decorate, serve, and best of all, help us clean up after Share Thanksgiving

Annarose, who has devoted hours upon hours to loving and serving families in need in our community by sharing Thanksgiving dinner 

the ministry of hospitality – of gathering to share a meal around the table

a super fun blog giveaway coming up for all of you this week – I’m excited

the box of old Childhood of Famous Americans books I pulled out of storage, set in front of Eby and Little Man, and suggested they might want to open and look inside

hours passing as they read the books their older brothers and sisters enjoyed years ago

Little Man’s delight at reading the entire story of Teddy Roosevelt

snuggling up on the sofa to watch Tangled with the youngest four

So many good things are happening, I could go on and on giving thanks. Please pray for us over the next few days as we help Annarose prepare for Share Thanksgiving and bless our community.

What are you thankful for today? Take a minute to leave a comment and tell us.

See you all tomorrow.

[This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.]


This post may contain Amazon Affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. ErinH
    November 23, 2014

    My dear hubby got up first this morning and snuck out and grabbed me Statbucks – which I'm enjoying in bed. What a treat! I'm thankful for him!

  2. Laura
    November 23, 2014

    I had no idea she was doing it again this year until you mentioned it Friday when we were talking on the phone—but of course she is feeding the hungry again. Go Annarose!

  3. Tracy Autry
    November 23, 2014

    I am thankful for new friends 🙂
    I am also thankful for sweet reading time (and everyone is still and captivated) reading A Hat for Ivan by Max Lucado. A children's book but I think a message for us big people 🙂 Made me ponder.
    Have an wonderful Thanksgiving serving together as a family. What a gift! Doesn't it bring our Mamma hearts joy when our kiddos serve the Lord by serving others 🙂
    Much love, Tracy


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

I accept the Privacy Policy