A Grateful Goose

Today Mother Goose wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving — a beautifully loving day with your family and friends. Whatever else you are doing today, I wish you hugs, laughter and love.

I am a thankful old goose. I have much to be thankful for — each year I have more and more reason to say “thanks”. Indeed, everyday should be a grateful day. If we wake up with air in our lungs, we can say “thank you” to the Lord, to your God whoever you worship, or if you like to thank the universe for oxygen, that’s all good too.

My dear and special readers, thank you for returning often to this place. I do try to make you smile. Thanks for your sweet and encouraging comments and general remarks…

Thanks to my girlfriends who buy me chai teas and dinners and lunches and nice gifts. Thank you for calling me and texting me and driving all the way to Oak Park to visit me.

To my precious family up north, I love you and wish we could spend everyday together. I wish I lived next door to you all.

And I’m so very thankful to my children who hug me and take care of me and make me laugh and smile. You are such GREAT kiddos, all of you.

A special thanks to Adam and Erik for being so brave and joining the Navy and protecting us all. Sometimes your work is tedious, and the night watches and patrols seems endless, but I am just bursting with pride for you and inspired by your sacrifice. You could be doing anything, but you chose to do your time for Uncle Sam.

Thanks to my dear husband goose who has allowed me to explore who I am as a writer instead of pushing me to work full-time. Thank you for working hard and supporting our family.

Thanks to my supervisor at the “mystery shopping” center who has been kind enough to hire a silly goose.

Thank you, Jesus, for walking along with me on my life journey, and giving me strength when I was weak. Thank you for your grace which is everything!

I am finding it easier to say “thanks” for hard times. I really am learning to trust Him more when I don’t understand, when I can’t fix it myself, when things and life are out of my control but never out of His. I know that He’s not finished with me yet, I’m a work in progress that He’ll never give up on — and for that I can say “thanks”.

Happy Thanksgiving with love from Mother Goose.

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JoJo
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 13:57:54

    Thank You Mother Goose & Happy Thanksgiving to you & your loved ones!!


  2. Kathy
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 14:40:49

    I’m thankful to have such wonderful friends like you in my life. I love your Mother Goose stories. Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family!


  3. jeff noel
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 15:33:57

    Thankful for your heart for service to others. Happy Thanksgiving.


    • Natalie
      Nov 27, 2012 @ 09:04:28

      Jeff, everyday is Thanksgiving, isn’t it! I don’t know if I’d want to eat a crusty old turkey everyday, but the sentiment remains day after day.


  4. Bunn
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 16:11:29

    I am so thankful for you my precious sister who I love and admire sooo much!
    I miss YOUUU!


    • Natalie
      Nov 27, 2012 @ 09:05:11

      Dear Bunn, though we are apart for so many holidays, I’m thankful for our smart phones that keep us close day and night! I miss you toooooo.


  5. Dianna
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 16:23:40

    What a wonderful post, Natalie! I hope you and your family have had a wonderful Thanksgiving day! I’m so glad you and I are blogging friends.


  6. virginiaplantation
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 16:24:14

    Happy Thanksgiving from Belle Grove Plantation in Virginia!

    Brett and Michelle Darnell


    • Natalie
      Nov 27, 2012 @ 09:06:57

      Brett and Michelle, thanks for visiting Mother Goose — your beautiful blog makes me want to jump in the car and head for Virginia! Blessings!


      • virginiaplantation
        Nov 27, 2012 @ 09:22:31

        You are so welcome! We look forward to seeing more of your blog in the future! Just as soon as we get the plantation open we invite you do just that! Thank you for stopping by!

  7. rworking
    Nov 22, 2012 @ 20:01:09

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Natalie.


  8. yearstricken
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 11:45:21

    I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving.


  9. Three Well Beings
    Nov 24, 2012 @ 22:53:14

    Beautiful post, beautiful pie, and wonderful blessings shared! You have such a lovely attitude and perspective. Many blessings going forward, Mother Goose! oxo


    • Natalie
      Nov 27, 2012 @ 09:09:46

      Debra, happy holiday wishes to you and your family. Christmas and Thanksgiving in southern Cali are different than here in the chilly midwest, but the love remains a constant. Blessings!


  10. Linda
    Nov 26, 2012 @ 19:34:41

    I’m a little late reading and we didn’t even touch on the subject of Thanksgiving today, but I see that yours was wonderful. And the pie looks like it was delicious. I’m so very thankful for our friendship Natalie.

    And I love your new hair.


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