Thanksgiving means many things to all of us. I’m not going to go into details about my life history of Thanksgivings or give a history of the holiday (seriously, you’re not disappointed that I’m not going to rant and rave…). I’m just going to state that I’m extremely excited about Thanksgiving this year. I’m going to be celebrating the wonderful holiday twice, just not on the actual day everyone else is celebrating it. It’s a bonus day off of work for my hubby and me, and this year, I’m going to be thankful without a turkey, or the trimmings. My delight is in being next to my husband for twenty-four full hours!
My husband works for a car company that has been in such high demand, that it recently went to four ten-hour shifts and the workers are on scattered crews working 24/7 in the plant. He works a crazy schedule where he’s working some mornings-afternoons, and other days he works evenings-early mornings. Needless to say, I don’t get to spend as much time as I’d like with him, and we’ve been married just over a year, so I’m still madly in love with him and I miss him terribly.
Yes, I have homework for my degree and my AVON business to keep me busy when the kids aren’t here, but I really love the “curl-up-on-the-couch-and-watch-Mike-and-Molly” days, or the “grab-a-controller-we’re-playing-Black-Ops-on-Xbox-Live-all-day” days…and especially the “let’s-take-Bella-for-a-walk-at-the-lake” days.
My babe and I are like big kids….scratch that, we ARE big kids. Yes, we own a home (thank you, Lord), have two vehicles, two daughters, a dog, full-time jobs and pay bills and taxes. But we never want to grow up. The main thing we had in common was a passion for talking and laughing together. We’re constantly goofing off and it’s something I’ve come to love. It makes me so happy to be in love. It’s such an aphrodisiac, and it’s a great way to connect (and leads to even greater connections)!!
Working opposite shifts has definitely given us something to think about this year, and has made our hearts grow fonder. We were used to coming home from our day jobs at the same time, having dinner together, catching up on the days’ events and planning the next few days before going to sleep at the same time. Going to sleep by myself in our house was an adjustment. I was so used to curling up next to him, resting my head on his chest, he would pull me close and we’d curl our legs around each other. Now, I stretch out (for five glorious hours) while Bella curls up next to me, until she hears the garage door go up at 3:30am. He then slowly sneaks in next to me for an hour before my alarm goes off for work (how am I up before roosters??).
So since my heartache (“kidney-ache” as we’ve come to lovingly call it after reading in the Bible that people historically thought your kidney was your heart) drove me to write this post, I’m simply thankful for a day together, to sleep in with him, to get up and make coffee and breakfast with, and then to not have anything on the schedule until I have to wake up for work on Black Friday. We’ll be celebrating with our girls over the weekend, and my parents in the beginning of December. But just having one day to be still with no schedule/time constraints is blessing enough for me!
I wish all of you, wonderful readers, a blessed Thanksgiving, complete with stress, chaos, family, turkey, trimmings, but most of all, an appreciation for what the craziness brings…love, laughter, hugs and thankful hearts. However you choose to celebrate what our Lord has given you, may you take a moment to enjoy the loudness and noise of the holiday. Family can be stressful, but it means you’re in the company of those who love to spend time with you. May you reflect on the wonderful things this year has brought. There is still much to come. And if you feel so moved, look into helping out at a homeless shelter or food bank. This time of year is wonderful to step out and give of ourselves…volunteering helps those who help others, and the rewards (internal and eternal) will put a smile bigger on your face than a twenty-pound turkey. God’s blessings!!