Wednesday, November 23, 2011
This is the 3rd Thanksgiving giveaway at Tea Rose Home. Because of the many things that have happened in September and October time flew by so quickly and I didn't plan the giveaway very well. Usually I would start the giveaway a week early and announce the winner on Thanksgiving day, but this year, I am going to start the giveaway the day before Thanksgiving and run it till Tuesday the 29th and announce the winner on Wednesday the 30th.
All I ask is for you to enter is just leave a comment about what you are grateful for, that is all. :) It is always nice to think of good things in our lives.
Let me start...
This year started out ok for me, then, in March, a horrible earthquake happened in Japan.
As most of you know my family is in the area that was largely affected. For the first 48 hours, I didn't know if my sister's family was alive. Thankfully they are OK, but I will never forget that 48 hours... how I felt and what went through my mind. When I heard my sister's voice on the other end of the phone, I felt like I was finally able to breathe.
It is so easy for me to forget how blessed I am, but I am really grateful for my family this Thanksgiving. I learned that getting up in the morning, going through the daily routine (some of which is not fun stuff), eating meals together, and living under the same roof with the people I love may seem ordinary but it is actually an extraordinary thing. It is such a precious blessing. I hope I will always remember that and cherish the time with my family.
I am also thankful for the goodness in people. After the earthquake, so many people came forward and acted to help people. I know things like that happens more often than I realize, but since it was so close to my heart, I was more aware. Thank you everyone who showed your kindness towards the people who were in need. Thank you for being such an inspiration and example to me.
Lastly, I am thankful that I was able to keep up this small place called "Tea Rose Home". Because of you, yes, you my dear friends I was able to keep going. Also, through blogging I have met so many wonderful people. So, I am doing this again... The Tea Rose Home Thanksgiving giveaway!! Do you wanna know what I am giving away this year?
A Mug: Do you remember when I talked about my motto that I was going to try to live by this year in, last January? I found this mug at TJ Maxx the other day and I had to have it! I have the same mug in a different color, and I want you to have the aqua blue one.
A small (they are about 10"x 12") fabric bundle from my stash;
As I was making this, I thought "why not reversible?"
Do you like the yummy colors?
Speaking of yummy colors, I also want you to have chocolate covered pretzel sticks for when you are taking a break with your new mug.
That's it. :) I know most of you are busy getting ready for Thanksgiving or traveling to see your loved ones, but I would love to read your "thankful notes". Here is one of my favorite quotes about Thanksgiving;
"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow. ~Melody Beattie"
Well said, don't you think?
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!