https://reclaiminghopewellness.comHappy Friday everyone! It’s been a busy week, and I didn’t have a single blog post ready to post this week. Do you ever find that some weeks are just like that?  We may have good intentions of getting lots done, but then the reality of juggling everything we have to do gets in the way….

Yesterday was Thanksgiving, and like lots of other folks, I spent the week grocery-shopping, cooking, traveling, and celebrating (oh, and let’s not forget eating waaayyy too much).

My Mom and I divided up the cooking, which works out great – we have double the kitchen space and half the work of preparing the Thanksgiving meal – and yesterday my hubby and I packed up the coolers and headed down for our family gathering. I hate for my Mom to have to do any cooking at all; I’d rather her be able to just relax and enjoy her Thanksgiving meal. The problem is that she probably wouldn’t enjoy it if she didn’t help make it. She loves to cook, even though it’s hard on her.

Several years ago, a very dear lady gave me an invaluable piece of advice: “Let her do as much as she can for as long as she can. The day will come when she’s not able to do any of it, and it will break her heart.” This sweet lady went on to tell me how hard it was for her not to be able to do things and to have to depend on others to do them for her. She has since gone home to Heaven, but her words have remained with me.

As we did all our shopping, prepping and cooking I reflected on just how much we had to be grateful for this year. The list is way too long to mention everything, but here are just a few things I’m thankful for:

  • We were able to celebrate Thanksgiving with my parents, two of my brothers, and my cousin this year.
  • My Mom hit her 5 years cancer-free mark last month.
  • We survived a tornado and had minimal damage to our property.
  • My husband has recovered from his pericarditis and is regaining his previous strength levels.
  • Our son and my in-laws survived a devastating hurricane, and not only were they okay, their homes weren’t damaged.
  • Although I’m having some increased pain issues right now, I’m stronger than I was last year at this time.
  • I’ve met lots of new, wonderful people through this adventure of blogging — yes, I’m talking about YOU, dear friend!

Thanksgiving is the time of year that we talk a lot about what we’re grateful for, but cultivating an ‘attitude of gratitude’ year-round can be beneficial both mentally and physically. For our next Wellness Wednesday we’ll be looking at what research says about the effect of gratitude on our health. I hope you’ll join me!

What do you have to be grateful for this year? Please share!




  1. Sounds like a very busy time indeed. I’m sad we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving here, but then again it would probably bring similar stresses to what we get at Christmas so maybe it’s just as well we don’t! I think it’s lovely you all divvied up the cooking and then enjoyed a family gathering. I love your grateful list. Happy 5 year anniversary to your mom being cancer-free, and it’s wonderful to hear your husband is now doing much better in his recovery. I’m sorry you’ve got increased pain, and being busy will add to stress, but you’re right in saying you’re stronger for everything you’ve been through. You are one tough cookie, Terri. This has also made me think about sitting down to go through my own grateful list, as well as a review of the year to process everything that’s happened. Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!  ♥
    Caz xx

    1. Thanks so much Caz! I have so much to be grateful for – this list was just a small sampling.😊 I love that you’re thinking of doing your own grateful list and reviewing the year to process everything. I know this has been a tough year for you, and I hope you realize just what an inspiration you are. You handle every obstacle with grace and style, and the strength and grit you show at such a young age is incredible. I hope you end up with a very long list of things to be grateful for. Sending love and hugs your way!

  2. Glad you had a good Thanksgiving, Terri. Do what you need to do to honour yourself, and we’ll still be here. Not sure what is going to happen to my postings as we head out midweek and likely won’t have internet until we land.

    1. Thank you V.J.! Wow, your departure is just days away now….. I’m excited for you and looking forward to hearing all about your travels. I enjoyed living vicariously through your posts last winter, and I’m hoping I might be able to put on my big girl britches and join you for a couple of days next year.😊 Wishing you guys safe, stress-Free travels! Hugs!

    1. Thank you so much Heather! I really appreciate your kind words. Sending hugs to you and Dizzy!❤️

  3. Wow Terry what a challenging list! I’m so glad you have so much to be grateful for and are aware of all the positives. So many people miss out on the many positives by focusing on the inevitable negatives that pepper every life.

    1. Thanks so much Marie! I really do feel blessed – we have a lot to be grateful for. As you said, negatives are inevitable, but there are lots of blessings along the way as well. Hope you’re doing well, sweet friend. Hugs!

      1. It really is a case of half full or half empty and I much prefer when I can see half full! I hope you are doing ok too Terri. I look forward to your regular visits and enjoyable conversations! Xx

      2. I always enjoy our conversations too. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Well you did amazingly well on your post for not having a post ready Terri!
    Yes, I have those weeks too 😀
    We don’t have a Thanksgiving celebration here in Australia but I love the concept!
    I am thankful for the journey of being…

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer! I’m glad to know I’m not alone in not getting everything done all the time. 😁 I hope all is well on your side of the world and you’re feeling as well as possible. Sending hugs your way!

    1. Oh Ellie, you are far too kind!!! Thank you so much for your sweet words and for your encouragement. I feel so blessed to be counted among great bloggers like you. Sending hugs your way!

  5. You have posts ready in advance! That kind of organization is impressive. I’m glad you had a good Thanksgiving and shared the work with your mom. Even our simple meal (by Thanksgiving standards) took two days to get ready.

    1. Ha ha, thanks George! I always aim to have posts completely done in advance, but what usually happens is that I have a discombobulated draft written ahead of time that I clean up and try to make presentable on the day I publish it.😁 I would love to be that person that has 5 or 6 posts ready to go at any time, but suspect that will never happen. I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Hugs to you and Sandy!

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