This is a turkey. He is not, however, one of the three turkeys I tasted today.
Ah, man, I'm full. Two dinners down and more dessert waiting for me in my parents' kitchen, and all I want to do is lie on this couch and sleep until I'm out of my food coma. In fact, my sister's on the other couch doing exactly that, while everyone else is watching some old western movie. I, on the other hand, have decided to write a quick post.

We're back in Virginia for the weekend, and so far it's been beautiful weather and very low-stress (much different from the freezing, semi-hectic weekend that flew by during out Halloween visit). Today's been a picture-perfect Thanksgiving so far: Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on TV to start, followed by a huge and delicious lunch with Brad's side of the family, topped off with family time (indoors and out) and a repeat with my side of the family at dinner time. I'm so happy we get to rest for a little bit, because after all of the food I ate, I have no idea how I'm going to stay up all night shopping early deals for Black Friday. Ooh! Home Alone is on TV now. Motivation to stay awake is now instated.

Amid all of the food and socializing, though, I realize that I haven't taken the time out to do what so many others are doing today, and what's expected of all of us, really--and that's to express how grateful I am for everything I have.

I don't know where I'd be today without my family, my husband, my friends, and all the people who have helped shape me. I am so lucky to have a roof over my head whether I'm here on the east coast or nine hours north near the great lakes, and even though my car needs more money's worth of work done than I paid for it in the first place, it still works and I know that I have a way to get somewhere if I need to. I am thankful for God, who has provided everything for me, for Christmas and the gift it brought to us all. I am in love with this time of year, and I feel so blessed that I live in a country where I can freely live such a great life.

Last, but not least, I want to thank all of you who are reading this right now. I know I'm not a world-renowned writer or well-known anywhere, for that matter. Somehow, though, I've convinced you to visit this site and read at least four and a half paragraphs of something I wrote while you could be doing anything else. Believe me, I notice--and I thank you all.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families. May your food digest, may your Friday shopping (if you choose to do so) be fun and not aggravating, and may you have a beautiful weekend and a wonderful kickoff to the Christmas season. Talk to you soon.