Happy Thanksgiving

Gratitude . . . goes beyond the “mine” and “yours” to the truth that all of life is a pure gift. In the past I thought of gratitude as a spontaneous response to gifts received, but now I realize that gratitude can also be lived as a discipline. The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy. ~¬†Henri J. M. Nouwen

(We are drawn to one another today, like the geese at dawn on the bay. May Thanksgiving remind us to always grow in our discipline of gratitude by living life with joy. Please know that today I am profoundly grateful for each one of you, whose faces I may not know, but whose friendship is my joy.)

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  1. Anna Engdahl on November 28, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you for the great posts. Have a great day.

  2. Brian on November 28, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving Maureen. I’m making a batch of your Lift this morning to have in time for Christmas – it’s SO good. I hope you and your family have a beautiful Thanksgiving!!

  3. Bill B. on November 28, 2013 at 8:47 AM

    Be assured what you give in your thoughts and words are joyfully received. Best wishes for a wonderful holiday!

  4. Paula on November 28, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    So beautiful, your chosen quote and words to remind us of gratitude.
    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Portugal but I do it myself because my birthday (27 th) is never to far from that day.

    Have a fantastic celebration!

  5. Alice Calsada on November 28, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Thank you for such a thoughtful reminder of Gratitude. Happy day to you and yours.

  6. Gregory Jarous on November 28, 2013 at 2:16 PM

    Wonderful sentiment for this day of giving thanks to all that God has bestowed on us all cousin. Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

  7. Diane Nassir (My maternal grandmother was an Abowd) on November 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Your words and sensibilities are so beautiful and lovely as always and express what is in my heart. Blessings always to you and your precious family.

  8. Toni Allen on November 28, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    Thank you for your beautiful words on this special day.
    My husband & I have enjoyed MANY of your recipes…..
    …what fun. It is delightful to read your special messages
    of hope & thanksgiving. I just returned home from the hospital
    where my husband is being treated for Leukemia. You message
    of Gratitude is multiplied a thousand fold today. Our Best to You !

    • Maureen Abood on November 30, 2013 at 1:21 AM

      Toni, I’m so touched. Thank you for taking time to write, and please give your husband my best wishes for his healing.

  9. paul zeidan on November 30, 2013 at 6:42 AM

    on this day we are grateful that you take the time out to share with us your lovely photos, quotes , stories and recipes. it’s always very well received. God bless

  10. Robin (wassuf) Hutcheson on December 2, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    My real life cousin, Jody Atty, just shared your website with me!

    • Maureen Abood on December 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      Wonderful! Welcome Robin cousin!

  11. Al Cavasin on December 6, 2013 at 4:11 PM


    Nice to see you again at Legatus last night…hope all is going great with you….nice site & blog! Keep up the good work!


    • Maureen Abood on December 7, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      Al, thanks so much and wonderful to see you here! Have a Merry Christmas!

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