Giving Thanks.

I couldn't imagine creating a list of all the things for which I'm thankful. I'd be here all night, and then who would make the butternut squash soup? There are so many wonderful things reminding  me constantly to work hard and stay optimistic, including all of you guys reading these posts and being so supportive. The past few days I've been scrambling around like a crazy person trying to get ready for the arrival of my parents-in-law who fly in from Minnesota tomorrow. You guys are all doing it too, so I won't go into details here or write out my to-do list, but I will tell you it's looooooooooooong. And definitely includes finding my elastic-waisted pants.

I did have a chance to try out some tablescaping for the feast I'll be cooking on Thursday.

What the heck do you do with persimmons? I'm going to use mine as decoration.

These gorgeous salt and pepper shakers are from my husband's great-grandma Senn, who was known to occasionally paint porcelain. (The fact-checking wasn't able to reveal if these shakers were in fact painted by great-grandma Senn, however, but there's definitely a chance they were.)

The little guy even had a hand in creating some art for the table!

I also think this is a good time of year to remember that while I'm making the choice whether to get the heirloom organic free-range Montessori-schooled turkey or the Butterball classic, there are people in my community who can't afford to have a meal at all, Thanksgiving or otherwise.

Feeding America has some amazing stats about who these people are - I was surprised to learn that 1 in 6 people are hungry. They're our neighbors, kids, seniors, and hard-working families who just can't make ends meet. Feeding America also makes it so ridiculously easy to help, and they make your dollars work SO HARD that it would be silly not to do a little something if you've got the means.

Anyway, I sound like a commercial for this organization, but I really want to be sure I don't take my ability to put a home-cooked meal on the table for my family for granted. Maybe my extra dollars can work to be sure someone else who isn't so fortunate gets to enjoy a meal on Thanksgiving too.

My family donated online, but there are other ways to help so be sure to check out the Feeding America site.