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Thanksgiving – My Way

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We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in South Africa. We do have a lot of ridiculous holidays (just my opinion), but if I could choose holidays and days of celebration, Thanksgiving would certainly be one of them.

In everyday life, we often get so stuck with the things that are wrong in our lives, we forget to be thankful for all our blessings. So I thought that tonight, I’ll give thanks to a few things.

It was my moms birthday today. I’m thankful that my SO* and I could go and spend some time with her, and that my daughter and my youngest son also took some time out to come and be with her. It wasn’t a huge celebration, and we didn’t eat lavishly, but we had lunch together and shared a lot of jokes and laughter.

I’m extremely grateful that we were blessed last week with 3 new calves in 4 days!!! Two heifers and one bull baby. The one little heifer has not been too well for the last three days, but we got some shots from the vet, which seem to have helped a lot. She’s not a hundred percent well yet, but much better than two days ago. And they are all so gorgeous, I don’t know how I’m ever going to be able to let them go when the time comes…

I’m grateful for the fact that we are planning this wonderful holiday in December, and that I’ll get a chance to experience the wonderful continent of Europe again after eight years of waiting and dreaming… It is beyond exciting to me!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m so extremely grateful to have three absolutely wonderful children, who grew up to be amazing young adults. I love spending time with them, not just because I can then touch and hug them, but because they always make me laugh – without fail. ๐Ÿ™‚

My three rays of sunshine!!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

I have a looooooong list of things to be grateful for. The usual stuff like my health, a roof over my head, more than enough food to eat, etc., etc. And believe me, I really am grateful for all of that. But, even if this is corny and schmaltzy and a clichรฉ, I can’t not mention how very grateful I am for having a wonderful, generous, loving man in my life. I’m thankful that I’ve got someone to share my thoughts with, even if we don’t always agree on everything. I love spending a quiet lazy Sunday at home with him, doing nothing. I love ย  exploring new places with him, so you can imagine how much I’m looking forward to Christmas in Europe with him!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Once one starts making a list of positives, you realize that you can go on and on and on, because most of us are blessed beyond belief. So, I’m going to end this post with this note to myself: stop dwelling on the negatives, and enjoy all the positives in your life, Zelmarรฉ!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


Our beautiful new little Brahman heifer.

The sick little girl, on the day she was born (last week Sunday)


Our huge bull baby – a lot bigger than any of the other calves!! ๐Ÿ™‚


I hope you all have a very wonderful week!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚


*Significant Other




About zelmare

In a nutshell: I'm a woman of 'a certain age', I recently moved after living in the same area for 27 years, i raised 3 absolutely fabulous kids (I'm sure you will hear a lot about them, since I am a very proud mama), got divorced, and in due course, met and fell in love with the most amazing man, and i moved to a small town called Nylstroom. A lot of my blogs will most probably be about my new life, my family and friends, and my interests, which are taking pictures, travelling, food, re-decorating, music and books. I am looking forward to meeting a lot of lovely new friends and interesting people! :)

10 responses »

  1. What an absolutely beautiful post!! It makes me happy that our holiday could inspire you to write about what you are thankful for :). If only everyone could be as positive as you are! You have a beautiful family, and your SO sounds like a wonderful man.

    • ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you Cindy! It is not easy to be as positive as I would like to be…like today we lost another new born calf, and we don’t know what happened… But I’m going to give it a go, seek the positive in every day, if not every event. ๐Ÿ™‚ And he is wonderful, which is something I don’t appreciate enough either.

  2. Pragtig mammie!!! Ons het baie om voor dankbaar te wees – & dit is nodig om party dae net stil te staan en dit opnuut te besef!!! Verskriklik baie lief vir jou!!!! Dankie vir ‘n heerlike dag gister!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ **

  3. What a lovely thing Zelmare, I was going to reply earlier, but I wasn’t feeling very grateful for anything, feeling better now. Perhaps it should be more about that, what we are grateful for.

  4. Great photos. It’s great for all of us to stop and think about what we are thankful for. We celebrate Thanksgiving in the States, but I think many of us actually forget what the holiday is about. Thanks for the reminder.

    • Yes, I can imagine that for a lot of people it’s just another holiday, like Christmas has become as well. We tend to lose the meaning of things along the way – sad…

  5. Very well put, many of us dwell on the negative while forgetting how privileged we are. Loved this post ๐Ÿ™‚


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