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The Blessings That Sneak Into Our Heart on Thanksgiving


Cari Donaldson - published on 11/27/14

But then, we sit down to dinner, all eleven of us.  We bow our heads and say grace.
For a moment, there is a sort of hush.  Then a flurry of dishes being passed and food 
being eaten, and- yes- drinks being spilled.  And laughter.  And stories.  And all those 
moments of domestic bliss that sneak into your heart when you weren’t looking.  
The towels are still missing.  Several of the chickens are running around somewhere 
as I write this.  I’ve had so much cranberry flavored food items I think I can safely 
say I’ve had my fill.  But this Thanksgiving, like the one almost 400 years ago, is the 
emotional reset we all need to pause, look around, and take stock of those blessings 
that snuck into your heart, unnoticed. 
(My nieces, Kala and Emma, very much wanted me to mention them by name in this 
article, and since they’re two of the things I’m most thankful for this year, I would hate to disappoint them.  Happy Thanksgiving, girls.  I love you!)

Cari Donaldson
is the author of
Pope Awesome and Other Stories: How I Found God, Had Kids, and Lived to Tell the Tale
. She married her high school sweetheart, had six children with him, and now spends her days homeschooling, writing, and figuring out how to stay one step ahead of her child army. She blogs about faith and family life at

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