When the leaves change, I know it is time to sit down and think about all that I have, and all that I have to give.  Thanksgiving is a unique holiday, one we celebrate in and out of our homes, in many different ways.

Today I will drop food and clothing off to the local shelter and hope that it helps those in need.  Tomorrow I will go to my daughter’s Thanksgiving presentation at our shul’s pre-school.  On Thursday we will head to my Mom’s house and enjoy being together for the holiday, and hope to catch Hannah and Her Sisters on TV.  We will eat too much turkey and retell the same family stories.  And we will be grateful for each other’s company and familiarity.

This Thanksgiving, I am especially thankful for my synagogue and extended community, which has provided me with immeasurable support and kindness throughout the past year. I am grateful for and love my  husband, children, mom, brother, new sister-in-law, extended family, and friends. And of course, I am appreciative of my new friends and colleagues at   You have taught me so much, and I appreciate you welcoming me into your fold.

That being said, I also am beholden to my web friends and resources, who have provided me with wonderful advice, recipes, and humor.  Many thank you’s are due to these folks who have given me so much, including:

Happy Thanksgiving all.

What are you thankful for this year?  Add a comment and tell me about it.

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One Response to “Gratitude”

  1. Hannah Lee Says:

    I give thanks for purposeful work. Earlier this year, I became an American Friend for HIAS and was matched with a refugee family from Myanmar. Working with them and the other refugees remind me of our blessings in living in a free and democratic country, whose people are secure from persecution, whether religious, political or ethnic in nature.

    I made eight new dishes this Thanksgiving. I’ve been enamored by Ree Drummond’s new cookbook, The Pioneer Woman Cooks (whose recipes have been tested by cowboys and picky eaters!; her rich mashed potato recipe was our hands-down favorite new dish) and Levana Kirschenbaum’s Levana Cooks Dairy-Free: Natural and Delicious Recipes for Your Favorite Forbidden Foods, which I like because she’s successfully found pareve substitutes for butter and milk that are healthy and tasty (no non-dairy creamer or partially-hydrogenated margarine for her!).

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