Thursday, November 22, 2007

Thanksgiving Day

Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Going to church this morning was really wonderful. I was concerned that my prayer partners wouldn't be there - it is easy to forget that today is Thursday, and I need to be at church at 5 a.m., even though it is Thanksgiving. But I was there, and they were there, and the people who are there from 4 to 5 were there, and the people who come at 6 and stay till 7 came.

I am now going to go back to bed for an hour or so. My children will be over at 9! We are having brunch here - then they will go to their dad's. Although I would like for them to stay here - I am so very grateful for the changes that have happened in my family in the last year.

A year ago my son was in Iraq. That is a special kind of heartache I wouldn't wish on anyone. I am so grateful he is home.

A year ago one of my daughters was using meth. She had just gotten into a car accident with my unrestrained, sitting in the front seat, 7 year old granddaughter -- who got an airbag in the face. She only had scrapes on her face, thank God, but she got to watch her mother being handcuffed and taken away. My daughter had a broken sternum and got to recouperate in jail.

A year ago, my "other" daughter and I were quite lonely for our family. This year we have them back. Praise God.

I may go down to the club later and have a Thanksgiving dinner... and I may not. I am going to just relax and do whatever I feel like. And that is a good thing.

Thank God I am sober today. I thank God you are sober today too. I thank God for the wonderful people I have come to know through blogging. I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving.

"How much better it would have been had I felt gratitude rather than self-satisfaction - gratitude that I had once suffered the pains of alcoholism, gratitude that a miracle of recovery had been worked upon me from above, gratitude for the privilege of serving my fellow alcoholics, and gratitude for those fraternal ties which bound me ever closer to them in a comradeship such as few societies of men have ever known." -- As Bill Sees It, p. 133


Scott W said...

Giving thanks is life affirming. I am grateful to have discovered the power of an attitude of gratitude. I am grateful to have beaten down enough that I surrendered so I could have a new life.

dAAve said...

Enjoy whatever pilgrammage you undertake today.

Banana Girl said...

You are so amazing that words betray my full emotion. I am most thankful today for the privelege of your words, your experience, your hope, your faith and especially your friendship. Have a blessed and wonderful day!

Pam said...

I loved seeing the wonderful changes in my family today also. At one point today, I came around the corner towards the den, and saw all 3 of my children in a group hug...for no was a beautiful sight for this mama.
Happy Thanksgiving sweet potato.

Anonymous said...

Happy Thanksgiving :)

Enjoy your snow... you lucky person you.

Syd said...

MC, your day sounds full of love and happiness. That's all that we can ever hope for.