I'm Thankful For Thanksgiving

I'm Thankful For Thanksgiving

I couldn't be more thankful for our family traditions.
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"This stuffing is so good. Can I have the recipe?"

Seems like a pretty normal question to hear at Thanksgiving dinner, right? I'd think so too, except the person who stated it in this particular case just so happens to have been four years old. Also, that little girl just so happens to have been me.

My family has always celebrated Thanksgiving every year at my great aunt Marilyn's house. As long as I can remember, I've thought she was the best cook ever.

Her cooking is so good, I even asked for one of her recipes when I was four years old.

Marilyn's cooking is only one of the many reasons I look forward to Thanksgiving every single year. However, good food isn't the only reason I love this holiday. Just seeing her, and the rest of my family, is another of the things I cherish most.

After eating our Thanksgiving feast, we all bundle up and embark on a walk through the corn fields of my great grandfather's old farm and onto the nearby train tracks. Every time we encounter a bridge, we name it after one of the cousins. By the end, we each have a couple bridges in our possession, knowing they will simply be renamed again next year.

Small traditions such as these are what make Thanksgiving, or any holiday for that matter, so incredibly special.

For this very reason, I find myself looking forward to Thanksgiving not just for the food, but for all the family traditions that are unique to us.

Sure, my aunt is an awesome cook - a quality four year old Emily could certainly attest to. Yet, this isn't the reason I am thankful for Thanksgiving.

I'm thankful for family. I'm thankful for long walks. I'm thankful for train tracks. I'm thankful we've made this holiday our own.

I'm really thankful for Thanksgiving.

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10 Bible Verses For Thanksgiving

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The Thanksgiving season is a time we spend with our loved ones giving thanks for the blessings we are given. Here are 20 Bible verses that remind us of what Thanksgiving is all about:

1) 1 Chronicles 16:34

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

2) Colossians 3:15-17

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

3) Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

4) Psalm 30:12

That my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

5) Isaiah 12:4-5

And you will say in that day: “Give thanks to the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the peoples, proclaim that his name is exalted. “Sing praises to the Lord, for he has done gloriously; let this be made known in all the earth.

6) Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; for our God is a consuming fire.

7) Jonah 2:9

But I will sacrifice to You With the voice of thanksgiving. That which I have vowed I will pay Salvation is from the Lord."

8) 1 Timothy 4:4-5

For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified by means of the word of God and prayer.

9) Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.

10) Psalm 100:4

Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

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42 Fall Activities To Add To Your #PSBL (Pumpkin Spice Bucket List)​

Fall who? Fall is here and here to stay.

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It's easy to get caught up in the fast passed ways of life when things get thrown at us. We get into a routine, create a usual schedule and go from there. Our days are spent waking up, working or going to school, coming home, dreading to finish whatever didn't get done that day, and sleeping what little time we have left only to repeat it all over again.

We always (at least I know I do) complain about not having enough time in a day or not doing anything that's life thrilling, yet very few of us do anything about it.

I feel like any day or any time is as good as any to start new habits and new lifestyles. There's never enough time in a day to do anything, but we're the ones that get to decide what we do with our time.

With that being said, to keep the fall spirits going, I decided to compile a fall-themed bucket list. Basically, here is a grand list of all things fall-worthy that can put you into the festival spirit. Do with it what you wish, of course, most plans are better spent with friends, but always acceptable to do things alone in your own time with your own love.

1. Go to a pumpkin patch.

2. Go apple picking.

3. Visit a corn maze.

4. Carve pumpkins.

5. Roast pumpkin seeds.

6. Bake a pie... or three.

7. Go apple bobbing.

8. Have a scary movie marathon.

9. Jump in a pile of leaves.

10. Do a fall photoshoot outside.

11. Go on a morning hike.

12. Buy new fall-scented candles and décor.

13. Make pumpkin bread, banana bread, or zucchini bread (any kind of bread, basically).

14. Eat candy corn.

15. Make caramel apples.

16. Have a family or friend game night.

17. Go to a haunted house.

18. Make a Halloween costume.

19. Eat corn on the cob.

20. Go camping (even if it's just in your backyard).

21. Try out new festive coffee flavors.

22. Visit a state or festival fair.

23. Finish a whole puzzle.

24. Make leaf-shaped sugar cookies.

25. Create a fall scrapbook of all your fall memories.

26. Make a scarecrow.

27. Attempt to make as many pumpkin flavored recipes as you can.

28. Visit a chocolate factory.

29. Get a new fall wardrobe.

30. Home make a scarf.

31. Go to a football game.

31. Paint pumpkins.

32. Make homemade apple cider.

33. Read a scary book.

34. Go on a hayride or tractor ride.

35. Have a campfire and roast marshmallows.

36. Make your own pumpkin spice latte.

37. Make a fall-themed wreath for your front door or room.

38. Take a family holiday photo (or a "family" photo with your roommates!).

39. Buy your favorite Halloween candy.

40. Collect pinecones and make peanut butter bird feeders.

41. Have a complete self-care and self-love night.

42. ENJOY yourself this fall and remember to take time for the things you want to do!

Alas, the end of another (hopeful) bucket list that we all have desires to finish! Fall is always busy, with going back to school and trying to find a routine again. Sometimes our moods tend to fall because of the gloomy weather and darker days.

It's extra important to make sure you take extra time to take care of yourself today and every day. No matter how old you are and how old you feel, you're never too old to go out and have fun! I challenge you to do at least 10 things on this list, if not all of them.

Happy fall! Happy leaves! Happy colder weather!

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