Family, Joy, thanksgiving

Thankful this Thanksgiving

This morning I walked into the kitchen and saw my Turkey platter in the dish rack and the sun shining behind it. How beautiful. I reflected upon the lovely Thanksgiving dinner we had here yesterday. It is my favorite meal and occasion to prepare for.

My Big Turkey Platter

Every holiday that we have turkey, I bring out this platter. I love using our special dishes and such to make the occasion even more festive and enJOYable. My sister-in-law loved this platter so much, I also found one for her 🙂 I love thrift shopping as many of you know. So much JOY!

We make so many happy memories at these get togethers and it is just so good to spend time together and to appreciate each other and to honor who we are and where we came from… that is family. Not everyone makes every holiday but that is okay, we celebrate and enJOY with whoever is able to attend. And sometimes most of us are there. I am so grateful to still have all my siblings here on earth.

As with most families we get some traditions happening. Big Audrey (because there is a little Audrey) or Baba as we call her, always carves the turkey. She is in her 80’s and still gets up there and does this. We all love it. Baba always brings me a useful gift even though I tell her she need not bring anything. One year it was an amazing turkey cutting board with spikes to hold the turkey and a little run way for the juices. Awesome. We now use it on every turkey occasion. Bubba and I both like to thrift shop hee hee. We have many happy discussions around this and often bump into each other our favorite stores. It makes me smile every time. 🙂 🙂 🙂

The cutting board from Baba.. think how many memories have been made through its use. Beautiful!

This year Baba brought an apron to wear and to leave for me when finished. Perfect! One can never have enough aprons, especially with many hands helping in the kitchen. 🙂

The apron Audrey brought me. One of many throughout the years.

With the cooler temperature at this time of year, it makes it even cozier and warming. We even had snow on the ground yesterday. 🙂

Our meal was wonderful of course. We had many laughs, smiles and JOYS. We listened to Uncle John tell his many jokes and I could tell that each one of us appreciated them more than ever. We all know that life is a cycle and what we have now, we will not always, so everything is more enhanced and appreciated.

I am grateful that my family, like myself, gets more and more appreciative of moments like this. In fact, these moments are sacred to me (tears streaming down my face as I type this). I watch and observe that as we get older it means more and I watch and know that my daughter and the youth will one day cherish these times more than any other. These will be the memories that stand out for them.

At the end of the evening, Don, Bubba and myself chatted about how these ARE the most important things in life. There is nothing better than being together at times like this, sharing food, laughter, and memories, with people who are comfortable to share of themselves… to tease, to laugh and to most of all LOVE.

One of the reasons I blog is so that I can share my feelings but also to record these moments for future enJOYment for my offspring and for whoever happens upon them. I hope they will be inspired and will use my sharing and writing to inspire them to have more JOY in their life and to spread more JOY in the world. It always starts around your own kitchen table first. 🙂

Turkey Rock my daughter Sivanna painted. I just LOVE it! #JOY
Family, love

Happy Valentine’s Sivanna

sivanna roses.jpg

This is a picture of my daughter Sivanna on Valentine’s Day. Her Dad calls her “Sivanna Roses” and here she is with a rose and also a rose she made me, her Mom, for Valentine’s Day. 🙂

Sivanna’s Dad wrote her the following poem this year for Valentine’s Day.

Happy Valentine’s Sivanna

You light up my life. You shine like a star wherever you go.

I love spending time with you.

I love our special time together when you make your

special desserts before bedtime.

You will always be my special Valentine and I

will be yours until you find your own special Valentine.

Happy Valentines

Love All Ways,

Dad

February 14, 2019

 

sivanna and dad thyme

Family, Friendship, love, wisdom

A View of The World from Two 12 Year Olds

Today I am sitting here with my 12 year old daughter Sivanna and her friend Robyn. While I was thinking of what I would blog about today, I thought hey why don’t I ask these two wise ones some questions about life.

Question #1
What excites you about the thought of your future?
Sivanna: Finding somebody like a husband or partner and making a family together that’s full of love and stuff.
Robyn: Making her own family with her husband.

Question #2
What makes you feel good?
Robyn: Being with my friends and family.
Sivanna: When I take my probiotics because when I’m not feeling well it makes me feel better.

Question #3
What makes a good friend?
Robyn: When they are like there for you and they are not mean and you have fun with them!
Sivanna: They respect you and your opinions and feelings.

Well I think these were some wise and interesting comments. It sounds to me that health and happiness in life come from loving and enjoying the people in our lives and also by respecting the thoughts and feelings of other people. Thanks girls for your insight and for sharing today.

Maggie Holbik.com is a Certified Life Coach and Nutritionist and a Mom. 🙂 She believes in love, family, and in letting the small stuff go so that the main things can be the main things like LOVE, Laughter, HOPE, Happiness and JOY!

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Windows of the Soul

The passing on of wisdom.
The passing on of wisdom.

Sivanna and Great Auntie Esther. What a beautiful site to see. To me, this picture is a good representation of the cycle of life and family wisdom. As families we grow together, we share, we teach, and most of all we love. This picture was taken in a hotel on the eve of my niece’s wedding. Auntie Esther made the trip from Wisconsin to Thunder Bay. She is no longer with us, but her memory lives on. When we see two souls connecting through the windows of the soul, the eyes, it is a marvelous display of divine love and connection. You were a beautiful lady Auntie Esther!