Someday soon, I'll post about Halloween and about the kids' crazy-and-now-finished Cross Country and Volleyball seasons and about our fun family trip to Arches for fall break. I've got posts half-done. But as you can tell, I haven't had time to blog much lately! There are so many beautiful and not-so-beautiful little things that happen every day and that I want to capture so Instagram has been great for that. If you want more than this slowed-down blog can give, you can always check out what we're up to at Instagram - photos most every day at http://instagram.com/sarenloosli
I LOVE Thanksgiving. So I wrote a whole post about it on Power of Moms - sharing 9 fun and simple ways to focus the whole month of November on gratitude and the joy that comes with it. Here's my post: 9 Ways to Fill November with Thanksgiving
And we're doing an instagram gratitude photo contest at Power of Moms this month. All you need to do is post a photo (or one each day if you're ambitious) of something you're grateful for (your baby's cute little toes, your teenagers rare smile, your just-fixed dishwasher, beautiful fall leaves, whatever speaks to your heart . . .) and include #gratitudepowerofmoms plus @powerofmoms in your post to "submit" it. Then the week before Thanksgiving, Power of Moms will pick five winning photos from all those submitted and the posters of those five winning photos will each receive a Power of Moms program worth up to $100.
So post photos of what you're grateful for and you'll feel extra grateful plus you'll maybe win a great prize.
Finally, here's a little guest post from my dad and mom to explain a little giveaway at the end of this post:
In our family, Thanksgiving has always been the "key" holiday. So many of our traditions have centered on Thanksgiving, and we always felt it was the perfect lead-in to Christmas and the perfect harbinger of the holidays. After all, what could be a better precursor to Christmas and to celebrating the birth of Christ than all kinds of gratitude and Thanks-Giving!
Early in our marriage, we decided that rather than get into the Christmas Card frenzy, we would jump the gun a bit and send out a Thanksgiving Card each year. We have done that now for 44 years, and the cards actually tell the story of our family. The pictures that went with the cards each year show the growing up of each child, and the poems we wrote to go with the photos trace the pattern of what had happened each year and where our gratitude was centered.
Finally, as Thanksgiving continued to mean more and more to us, we decided to write a book about gratitude, and about the connections of Thanks-Giving to Joy, to Peace, and to family security and unity. Since much of what we wanted to say was about feelings, we felt the book needed to be as much about pictures as about poetry and prose. Luckily, we have some great photographers in the family, and we were able to use their work to illustrate the book.
As it was finished this fall THE THANKFUL HEART has become not only a how-to book on the ways to enhance and magnify gratitude, but a kind of short hand history of the Eyre family (Eyrealm as we call it) and we could think of no better way to start "getting it out" than on our wonderful daughters' blogs. The publisher has agreed to a little give away where you can comment on this blog and go into a drawing for free copies. And for those who don't win a book (we've never won a drawing in our lives) it is now on sale at Amazon HERE.
The subtitle of the book is a good summary: "How Deliberate Gratitude can Change Every Texture of Our Lives."
And the back cover quote is the essence: "Gratitude does not lead to happiness; gratitude is happiness in its most obtainable form."
Hope you love it, Linda and Richard Eyre
*** I get to give away a copy of this beautiful new book! Share your favorite Thanksgiving tradition or idea for expressing gratitude and I'll randomly select a commenter to receive a free book, shipped right to your door. I'll announce winners on Saturday, November 8th.