Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving from Growing Up Naturally In Home Child Care!

Thanksgiving is a beautiful time of the year for showing gratitude towards others and being grateful for what you have. It is also a time to spend with family or with those that are like family to you. Our Thanksgiving plans changed less than a week before Thanksgiving but that is not a bad thing. I am grateful because it opened up another door which is to allow us to visit with my foster mom - a woman who opened her doors to me as a child. A woman whom I can never repay for her kindness. I have not seen her in almost 14 years. She has not met our children although she has met my husband a couple of times back when we were dating. We lost touch with one another and got back in touch a couple of months ago. When she learned that our plans fell through, we were invited to join her and her husband and his family. (Thank goodness, as her home is much further than his family's home so the drive won't be as long for either of us!) My children are so excited to meet this wonderful, joyful, hilarious woman that they have heard so many wacky tales about. They don't yet fully understand why I needed a foster mom, but they know what foster parents are for since we were foster parents at one point as well. 

This year, while you gather around the table with those you love, be grateful for them. Enjoy them because you never know how much longer you have. My aunt went home on hospice last week after it was found that she has pancreatic cancer. There is nothing more that can be done at this point for her except to help her be comfortable. She is a fantastic woman who never married or had children of her own, but she loved us all like we were hers. She will not be at the Thanksgiving table next year. In fact, she probably won't be at the Christmas table this year either. Tell your family how much you love them. You never know when it may be the last time.

Enjoy the bountiful food that graces your table. You should not only be grateful for the people in your lives, but for healthy, hearty, life sustaining food! Eat whole foods and be well!