Like so many others, I find disappointment in pulling the plug yet again on a big Thanksgiving with our family and friends.

That’s life though and disappointment will suck up every bit of the energy you give it. There is a lot to be thankful for too.

Give thanks for what you have instead of dwelling on what did not go well. Thats a lesson I learned in early years!

We find ourselves still living the reality of the Covid19 Pandemic with another Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays knocking at the door. We all wish this would go away and thought it would by now… we want to feel safe again… and free… we’d like to hug family and friends as we welcome them into our home… but common sense, medical opinions and in some cases our government, are telling us no.

The fact still remains that the more households you mix under your roof the higher the risk for us all.

Ty and I have had double vaccines since January and now our booster since September, so we feel good about our strength when we eventually come into contact with the virus. Covid virus is not going away, and we will all eventually come into contact with it, whether today, next week, month or in ten years. Its important that you are at your most protected state when you do have your date with it, so death is less of a possibility. Please stay home and celebrate your blessings in your bubble.

Depending on the status of your family, it may make sense to once again stay home and celebrate your blessings in your bubble. We have already turned that corner where those catch COVID do not die and many are not even sick. Please stay home and celebrate your blessings in your bubble.

We must protect those who are not healthy or who are simply older. We want to make sure that everyone we love is available for Thanksgiving next year and for years to come. Please stay home and celebrate your blessings in your bubble.

This year, my holidays will look very different than the big family event that we talked about. My husband Ty turned eighty two this year and we planned on having everyone to our home in Arizona. Even though we are both strong and healthy, I am instead ‘Giving Thanks for Two’. Our daughter will stage a Zoom call for us all to say our blessing Brady Bunch Style. Ty and I are continuing to stay home and will celebrate our blessings in our bubble. In the meantime, we were practically first in line for the Pfizer Booster vaccine. Someone needs to be.

No big family gathering? For a Second Year? Look at it in the positive! No pressure, no timelines, we can roll back to the simplicity of the old days when Grandma made a turkey, mashed potatoes, green beans and a pie. We will soon celebrate again with our tables for four, or twelve or twenty - and plethora of offerings from Costco, just not this year.

Ty and I will be at our big table for two. Even in a pandemic we have too many blessings to count. Focus on the positive and you won’t have room for disappointment.

Be safe, be healthy, be smart, be happy, be thankful for all you have. We love you and are here for you.

August 02, 2023
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