Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm too exhausted to be creative and come up with some snappy Thanksgiving post. I ain't got no snap right now. However, I do have an eye twitch. Does that count? Anyway, a few of the things I'm thankful for...

-Two amazing college students who came over to my home the other day and just plain blessed me. Being a single mom right now is so hard, and they eased the burden by playing with my kids, vacuuming my house, and engaging in adult conversation with me. I showered. It was bliss.

-Dark chocolate. Oh, and creme de menthe chocolate, too. Mmmmm...

-My grandma. Not only is she an amazing woman of God, she has a beautiful Dutch work ethic. This fall she cleaned my windows, shampooed my carpet, and varnished some of my weather-beaten woodwork. I sound like a slave-driver, don't I? You gotta believe me--she begged to do it! Oh, how I love you, Grandma.

-Modern medicine. As a dear friend undergoes cancer treatment today, I'm thankful for developments in radiation, chemotherapy, and all the other medicines used to treat this horrible disease. I'm praying for a cure.

-Bargain bin wine at Fareway.

-The fact that I get to write for a living. Sometimes I get lost in the deadlines and business end of things (never mind marketing and publicity--two things I hate), but I love my job. Love, love, love it. I feel so blessed.

-Good books. Most notably (or most recently?): The Likeness, The Historian, Stieg Larsson's trilogy, and  Neverwhere.

-All the usual stuff that everyone always says but also always means with all their heart and soul: family, friends, warm clothes, a roof over my head, food in abundance... and the list goes on.

Your turn: What are you thankful for?

PS - I'm thankful for YOU! So much so that I'm giving away an Advanced Reader Copy of Beneath the Night Tree on my Facebook author page. All you have to do is follow the link and leave a comment.

PSS - Do you know why I chose the photo above to be my Thanksgiving graphic? Brownie points and bragging rights if you do!


  1. I believe that picture would be Plymouth Rock with the date that the "Pilgrims" landed in America...and happy Thanksgiving to you, my friend!

  2. Miriam, you win! Uh... brownie points and bragging rights. :) Happy Thanksgiving to you, too, friend.

  3. Your grandma sounds amazing. Mine is 93 years old, still wears "cool" jeans, and still tries to get me to sit on her lap :-)

    I am thankful for my husband's new job. After one entire year of being unemployed, he started a job last week. Wait, let me change my answer...I am so thankful for my husband (for his perseverance and moxie).

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  4. I am thankful for amazing friends that stick by even when i'm a crazy whacko. :) I am thankful for music that helps me to just praise God and release myself. Also, I am thankful for an amazing church. I seriously am so incredibly grateful for it.

  5. i hit Fareway's bargain bin myself. Not bad. Thanksgiving is wonderful.

  6. Nicole, this is for your friend going through cancer treatments. Maybe she's heard of it already, I hope so, but Guideposts magazines offers a 'miracle broth' that gives energy and much needed nutrients for those weakend by chemo and radiation. You can find it at