saying thanks November 25, 2009

Leaf3-2 "For each new morning with its light,
For rest and shelter of the night,
For health and food, for love and friends,
For everything Thy goodness sends."

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's the day before Thanksgiving and I'm writing to you from a hotel room on the way to Louisiana. I'd been racking my brain about how to approach this post. Which links to previous recipes I'd include to encourage you to make them this holiday. How to convince you to make brussels sprouts or pumpkin cheesecake bars my way.

You don't need me for that. It seems like every blog I read is helping you along for the holidays. Go use recipes from Elise or Ree or Zoe. They're foolproof. You won't be disappointed, I promise

My post on this day is about gratitude. It's been a whirlwind few years for me – that's been no secret. I look back at this blog and feel like it's going through a renaissance, much like I am. Just as it was getting off the ground, my mom passed away. Then my dad 2 years later. Add in work stresses and relationship turmoils and, well, this blog went months without having much to say…much like me. It's been just over a year since my dad passed away and the balance is just now being re-established. I now have an enthusiasm for life, writing, and cooking again that I haven't seen in a very long time.  This blog is a mirror for what's going on in my life…and I wouldn't have it any other way (believe me, I've tried to make this place clinical and just about cooking and i just can't).

So today, I'm thankful for all of the people – both in "real life" and through this blog – that have supported me and helped me come to this place. It's been a rough go for several people I know this year…and my hope is that I have even begun to support you the way you have me. Even when I still had my parents around, you all have been my family just as equally. I'm also thankful for the reason I'm on the road again. My relationship makes me feel safe, empowered, inspired, and invincible – even on the days when it's hardest to show it.

This Thanksgiving, I'm thinking of the past not with sadness or bitterness but with an open mind and a warm heart. The things that have happened have allowed me to come to this place. I have the opportunity to forge new traditions and experience the holiday in a way I never have before. I hope those of you out there that read this have the holiday YOU want to have, whether it's re-enacting the same Thanksgiving as the year before…or you make this year it's own. Enjoy old traditions and relish making new ones. I can't wait to see how you all spent your holidays…and I can't wait to share mine. Oh and by all means, please do make the pumpkin cheesecake bars – they're delicious, I swear.


Divina Nov 25, 2009 06:11 am

It’s very well said. I totally agree with you. I try to focus my blog on cooking but sometimes I do post a different topic that relates to my life. I’m sorry for your lost but your blog is now an inspiration. I’m glad you have now an enthusiasm for life. I hope to experience that soon. I lost a father too more than 2 years ago. And yes, I would love to make the cheesecake bars. :D

The Teacher Cooks Nov 25, 2009 06:11 am

This is an inspiration to all. Very well written I must say!

Tartelette Nov 25, 2009 07:11 am

You just made me cry…
I am so happy you are finding your way of being happy as the days go by. I will never forget our conversation in front of the fireplace at the Grove. I can only hope I listened as well as you did and I hope we have many more like this one, maybe a little lighter :)
This yeaar we said “screw it” and packed this house with friends, kids, dogs, laughters and chaos and said “if it’s got to be the last Thanksgiving here then it will be a loud and happy one”. Does wonder for my soul at the moment!!
Hope you and Mike have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Patti Davis Nov 25, 2009 08:11 am

Beautifully said, Tami. I am so grateful for our new friendship – you are becoming a wonderful friend to me and our outings are always an adventure.
Love to both you and Mike. Have a safe and happy holiday and I will see you when you return!

katie Nov 26, 2009 04:11 pm

Happy Thanksgiving to you Tami!

Little Rock Wedding Dec 1, 2009 12:12 am

Thanks to your post..

Trini Dec 4, 2009 03:12 am

Very nice article Tami….thanks

EdibleMarie Dec 14, 2009 05:12 am

I love this photograph.