For the past couple of weeks my sleep has been fitful at best, finding myself awake and staring at the clock at 2 a.m. has been happening nightly. Last night hubby suggested I take some melatonin, and we opened the window – in spite of the frosty conditions – so I had some fresh air. I slept! I woke up once, briefly, but other than that I actually slept! Thanks to hubby and thank You God! I feel so much better and it is with a very grateful heart that I woke up today without an alarm clock, allowing myself to sleep as long as I was able to, and I think I can face this day and the projects I need to finish much better rested than I was yesterday.
We are closing in on Thanksgiving . . . and as I think about the grocery lists, the timing of the different dishes, getting everything cleaned up . . . I also began thinking about the Pilgrims and the hardships they suffered crossing the ocean, leaving their homes and families for a new land where they could worship God as they saw fit. The shortage of food, and illnesses they were suffering with after months of deprivation, and watching their loved ones die from exposure, disease and malnutrition, with more than half dying before they ever were able to settle in to life in the new world. The first Thanksgiving feast was one of joy, celebrating the survival of those who remained. It was a time of getting to know their neighbors from the local tribes, and sharing the resources that each had from the fruits of their labors. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Getting together and sharing the bounty we are blessed to have? It’s not so important WHAT is on the table, but WHO is sitting around it, celebrating the joy of being together. Whether we are dining on what has become the traditional feast, or on pizza, tacos or burgers, it is the togetherness and sense of gratitude that we are celebrating. Embrace it, make new memories and be thankful!
National Adoption Day – What a special day this is! National Adoption Day is promoted and sponsored by a variety of child care and adoption groups. According to the various websites of these sponsors, this day was created to finalize the thousands of annual adoptions and celebrate the families that adopt children. It’s also important today to raise awareness of the tens of thousands of children who are waiting, hoping and dreaming, of being adopted. Does the idea of being adoptive parents interest you? So many children go to sleep at night, hoping and praying for a family to love them, for parents to guide them, and for a permanent, safe and loving home to put a sense of security and peace into their lives. Children all deserve that, and so do the parents who have the place in their hearts and homes to welcome them. If this is something you could consider, use this day to take the first step in the process.
National Survivors of Suicide Day – The Saturday before Thanksgiving is a day designated by the United States Congress to be a day for the family and friends of those who have died by suicide to join together for healing and support. Statistically someone in the United States attempts to commit suicide once every single minute. Someone succeeds once every 17 minutes. Pause for a moment to let that soak in. It’s so incredibly sad! And for every single one of those successes, there are people who are left behind to grieve and try to make sense of the loss of the person they loved. Yes, there are groups and organizations set up to help prevent suicide, but if someone truly has made the decision to take that step, no group is going to stop them. Watching for the signs and getting help for the people we love who appear that they may want to do this is wonderful, always reaching out to them and loving them can definitely get through. Praying for them and giving them reasons to live is exactly what we should be doing, but that number hasn’t decreased. It actually seems to be increasing. This day is for the people left behind, the people grieving and trying to make some sort of sense out of the people we love leaving us, to heal and move beyond the pain and live our lives again. I have never lost someone I love to suicide, though I did have a young relative try, and a friend called me once on the verge of taking pills to just end her misery. Both had their reasons, but thank God neither succeeded and have moved forward with productive lives. It would have been so horribly senseless for either of these two lights to have been put out, and that can be said of so many who just can’t seem to make sense of it all and choose instead to end their lives in an attempt to end what they perceive to be a horrible existence. In my opinion, suicide is the most selfish act someone can commit. It makes me angry to think of someone taking what they think is the easy way out, rather than fighting to make their lives better and asking for help. This day is for the victims of that selfishness. May you find help in your grief, and may you find peace in your heart.
Fibonacci Day – I am completely out of my element with anything mathematical unless I can use a calculator to figure it out – I know, that’s pretty sad, but I’ve never been one to try to pretend I’m good at something when I’m not! I took math in school because I had to, and BARELY squeaked through. So anything dealing with math or numbers I’ll take pretty much verbatim from the sources. So here it is . . . “Leonardo of Pisa, better known as Fibonacci, is responsible for the Fibonacci Sequence (or Fibonacci numbers) – a pattern of counting where each number is the sum of the previous two. As well as being prevalent in nature, this kind of system is used widely in computer data storage and processing, and Fibonacci Day recognises the importance and value of Fibonacci’s contributions to mathematics.” There you have it, the simple explanation of the Fibonacci Sequence and why mathematicians celebrate this day!
This Day In History –
1835 – A patent is issued for the horseshoe manufacturing machine.
Food Celebration of the Day –
Eat a Cranberry Day – Fun fact: Cranberries bounce! Tiny air pockets inside the fruit give them their rubbery structure and make them float in cranberry bogs. Cranberries are good for you too. Native to North America, cranberries are grown in bogs, and are primarily grown in New England. When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, they found Native Americans harvesting them, and eating them. Native Americans also used them as dyes for clothing, and for medicinal purposes. I found a delicious cranberry pie recipe that I’m going to do this year – I’ll try to post pictures! I try a new pie every year and this year, THIS is it! Yeah!
Loving this slow start to my day. I admit that I’ve gone slower than normal because I’ve been watching the Food Network LIVE Thanksgiving show. Love that show! Now, I’m getting ready to get the pantry and fridge ready for Thanksgiving, start making my advent wreath (look for my upcoming guest blog post on The Welcoming House Blog!) and just enjoy my day with fun Hallmark and Lifetime Christmas movies! God Bless You and I’ll see you tomorrow!