Before you sit down to eat turkey today, or whatever your traditional food is for Thanksgiving, stop and give thanks for what you have. If your crops were battered all season long, it may seem like a tough thing to do, but there are always things to be thankful for.
Here are a few on my list.
My wife and family, and extended family, so that we can gather together and rejoice as we eat food together
Oh yes, and oyster dressing. I love either oyster dressing, or scalloped oysters. You didn't think this was going to be a 100% serious list did you?
Of course not. One of the things I'm thankful for is a sense of humor, to laugh even when things aren't all going my way.
Football games to watch- more specifically, that the Detroit Lions aren't terrible this year, so the game might be decent.
That the Colts aren't playing today. It might be tough to watch them and eat a big meal at the same time.
That some of my ewes are bred, or at least the vet thinks so. I wish more were bred, but sheep don't like 23 days in a row of 90 degree F or higher temperatures. We'll take what we get.
A good job I enjoy. If I haven't been to your farm yet, I hope I can get there soon. Maybe next year will be the year that we meet.
The ability to keep the lights on and stomachs full- not everyone in these tough times can say that, oh and I like a warm house, too
I should add the ability to buy feed for pigs and sheep-they aren't giving that stuff away these days, but animals, especially pigs, don't understand high feed prices.
A good Church family. They pitched in this year, along with other friends, when we've had some health issues
My grandson- he's only two, but he enjoys rides in the yard with grandpa on the garden tractor, and yes, I make sure the mower is turned off when I take him for rides.
A gracious creator- what more could anyone want. We live this day and everyday by faith. Otherwise, it wouldn't be worth getting up in the morning.
And last but not least, leftovers- I love turkey on Thanksgiving- I like it on Friday- it's Ok on Saturday, by Sunday- let's hit the local restaurant in town for anything but turkey!