Saturday, December 05, 2009

After Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday in which families can take the opportunity to get together to express their gratitude.
Gratitude reawakens our awareness of just how good it is to be alive. All of our life experiences have brought us gifts for which we should give thanks. Granted, some of our life experiences have been bitter and painful. Yet, they, too, have contributed to making us who we are. They have contributed by tempering us with wisdom. They stretch the boundaries of our experience which, then allows us to feel joy and laughter far deeper, maybe even deep enough to awaken our awareness of how closely we are connected to everyone and everything around us.
I am grateful, on this Autumn day, to be alive and aware of just how lucky I am.
I am grateful for the opportunities I am given to be a blessing to all those whom I meet.

The weekend after Thanksgiving, Brett & Jessica brought Baby Olivia to visit her Great Grandmother, Eda Bea, and her Great Aunt, Denise and her Great Uncle Mushroom. She had a great time on her walk to El Dorado Park, where her dad used to play when he was little. Oh wait, Brett was never little. ;-)
Isis took the reins to get Sugar to the park.
Eda Bea was recovering from hand surgery when we all went to the park.
Eda Bea's great grand daughter, Olivia took a nap in the park.
While Tigerboy climbed the tree, sort of.
Jiho, Bonnie, Jessica and Brett enjoyed playing show and tell with their kids.
Brett asks, "Is Uncle Mushroom really a hobbit?"
Bonnie shots a photo while Mushroom shoots her.
Eda leads us all home
Brett, Olivia and Great Grandma Eda Bea rest after going to the park.

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