With Thanks to Jane Austen…and to You! — 12 Comments

  1. Thank you, Marilyn for the lovely posting. For so many of us Thanksgiving is just a day off work and a reason to eat. It is good to be reminded that being Thankful on this day, or anyother, is in itself a blessing and something to to rejoice in. We miss so much joy by not noticing those things that do bring us joy.
    Here is my list for this minute and not in any particular order:
    1. Being able to watch my grandson’s face as we had dinner together. It’s beautiful even though 10 year old boys aren’t supposed to be beautiful.
    2. Seeing my husband walk-in the door after a week apart and a 12 hour drive (for him)
    3. Listening to my granddaughter laugh while I tried to teach her to knit…too giggly right now
    4. My gas stove at home
    5. Coconut, cream cheese, pecan pound cake.
    6. Reading Sherlock Holmes together on the sofa. One page I read and he reads the next.
    7. Being able to all talk to my beautiful daughter and “Mommy” on the phone as a group…gets confusing but a conversation anyway.
    9. The Knitting shop
    10. Being able to read this blog at 5:30 in the morning while the house is quiet.

    Thanks again Marilyn for the lovely early morning read.

    • Oh, Maggie, what a beautiful list!
      Thank you so, so much for sharing it and for giving us all a little peek into the joys of your world 😉 .
      And I love that you joint read Sherlock Holmes and spend such precious time with your grandchildren. That is the best gift — not just for you, but for them!!
      Wishing you a wonderful holiday season~

  2. Beautiful Post, Marilyn. Thanks to you and all of the JAFF authors who continue to give us wonderful stories and much gratitude for the many cyber sisters that have come into my life through JAFF. Have a blessed Thanksgiving! Jen Red

    • Jen,
      Thank YOU!!
      I’ve loved reading your comments over the years — here, on other blogs, on FB, too — and always appreciate your kindness and support. Cyber Sisters indeed!! Love that 🙂 .

  3. I occasionally attempt a gratitude journal but it always ends up sounding trite. Perhaps I need to take a page from your book and just keep going hoping the bigger picture will come into focus for me. Thanks for the insight and Happy November to you and your family!

    And on a side note, I love the book, though I’m only about half way through!

    • Lynn,
      I’m so thrilled that you are enjoying the book! Thank you!!
      As for the gratitude journal, I gave up the hope of my posts sounding profound years ago, LOL. There are days when I’m just as thankful for chocolate chips as I am for the roof over my head 😀 . To me, all gratitude is good…xo

  4. Love this post, Marilyn! Ann Voskamp put me on the path to the “attitude of gratitude” with her lovely and poignant book, *One Thousand Gifts* and her incredible blog *Holy Experience* long before the book came out. So I’ve kept gratitude journals over the years and the women of our church have created a gratitude Facebook page for us to post our thanks in and thus share them with others.

    Here are a few of my givings-of-thanks this morning:

    1. For fragrant and piping hot tea on a brisk autumn morning
    2. For quiet mornings with family all at home
    3. For pen, paper, and the magic of candlelight
    4. For food in the cupboard and wood in the woodpile
    5. For the warmth of our fire by which we heat our home
    6. For the beautiful village in which we live, nestled against boulder-strewnmountains
    7. For all things bright, beautiful, and British
    8. For the power of the written word
    9. For dear friends here and online
    10. For work to do and the ability and strength to do it.

    Thank you for this lovely reminder, Marilyn, to be thankful in all things. 🙂

    Susanne 🙂

    • Susanne, thank you so much!!
      What a treat it is to read your list of blessings — so many beautiful ones! I read your #3 over a few times, savoring it — “For pen, paper, and the magic of candlelight.” *happy sigh* I just love that!
      Wishing you a joyous November 😉 .

  5. It was so good to read your lovely post on ‘gratitude’. I honestly feel we are not thankful enough nor respectful enough anymore. I do believe that the more grateful and thankful we are, our lives are more fulfilled. I am grateful and thankful for:
    1. The health of myself and my family
    2. The love of my husband
    3. The joy in my grandchildren’s faces when I see them
    4. My sisters
    5. JAFF authors who write such wonderful stories
    6. Getting up each morning and enjoying my cup of coffee
    7. The beauty of nature around me
    8. Working out with a great group of ladies
    9. My home
    10. My grown children are employed

    Thank you for making me actually write them down. We are definitely blessed for where we live too.
    Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving. I will be spending it with my sister and her family in the U.S.

    • Carole,
      I loved being given the opportunity to read the things you’re most thankful for today! What a wonderful list of blessings 😉 . And thank YOU for being one of those readers who gives writers like me a reason to keep drafting new stories!
      Have a safe and very happy trip to see your sister, and all the best for the holiday season ahead!! xo

  6. I enjoyed this post Marilyn…..As for 10 things I appreciate (not necessarily in this order):
    1. The gift of life
    2. The well being of my family
    3. Health
    4. My son and husband
    5. sunrise
    6. Birds singing and music
    7. Nature
    8.. The senses that give me the ability to enjoy everything around me
    9. my creator
    10. books

    • Deborah,
      What a wonderful list of blessings you have there!!
      Thank you so much for sharing it and for reminding me to appreciate the “sunrise” 🙂 .
      Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

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