I’m the only one up. I’m in tears. My day did not go exactly as I envisioned it should yesterday. When I get grumpy the whole house gets grumpy. I came downstairs to this note.

  
I used to make the kids make thankful trees. I’ve been thinking it was something we could do today before or after we stuff ourselves. Arleigh beat me to it. 

  
Ignore the messy Thanksgiving dinner in progress and check out the cards taped to my cabinets.

  
They read 

  • I am thankful for Mom’s phenomenal cooking.
  • I am thankful for my family.
  • I am thankful for Tucker and Haole.
  • I am thankful for Dad’s meat skills.
  • I am thankful for Grandma’s tremendously wonderful cooking.
  • I am thankful for Grandma’s loud snores.
  • I am thankful for the Arleigh I was named after.
  • I am thankful for our big beautiful home.
  • I am thankful for my saxophone.
  • I am thankful for our cars.
  • I am thankful for the trees.
  • I am thankful for years of piano lessons.
  • I am thankful for our tvs.
  • I am thankful for Nana’s hearing aids.
  • I am thankful for papa’s appetite.
  • I am thankful for papa’s home cooked breakfast.
  • I am thankful for “da bus.”
  • I am thankful for hugs and kisses.
  • I am thankful for God.
  • I am thankful for 5SOS.
  • I am thankful for our time in Hawaii.
  • I am thankful for Jack’s Infinity skills.
  • I am thankful for Hanan’s art and singing talents.
  • I am thankful for Jack’s adoption.
  • I am thankful for all of the laughs we have had.
  • I am thankful for Nana Bonnie’s humor.
  • I am thankful for my parents’ love and support.
  • I am thankful for kitties.
  • I am thankful for my Dad’s service…on land and sea.
  • I am thankful for Bria’s soccer skills.
  • I am thankful for the ocean.
  • I am thankful for Dad’s smelly farts.
  • I am thankful for school. (Sometimes)
  • I am thankful for all the ups and downs.
  • I am thankful for Hanan’s acting career.
  • I am thankful for my clothes.
  • I am thankful for One Direction.
  • I am thankful for Dad’s love of ice cream.
  • I am thankful for all of the birthdays I got to celebrate.
  • I am thankful for Mimmi and DayDay’s good sense of style.
  • I am thankful for Jesus and His sacrifice.
  • I am thankful for Aunt Glenda’s Witt.
  • I am thankful for my mom’s great listening skills.
  • I am thankful for mom and dad’s strong, I breakable marriage.
  • I am thankful for the beautiful women and girls I’m surrounded by.
  • I am thankful for shots that keep us healthy.
  • I am thankful for all the mistakes I have learned from.
  • I am thankful for peace love and happiness.
  • I am thankful for medicine.
  • I am thankful for all the guilty pleasures.
  • I am thankful for tea.
  • I am thankful for my chance to live all over the world.
  • I am thankful for makeup.
  • I am thankful for the knowledge of God, something others do not have.

Ditto Arleigh. I’m also thankful for the strong courageous woman you are becoming. I am thankful for all of my kids and the lessons they continue to teach me. 

Love you Arleigh!!!