Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thanksgiving and the Book Giveaway

Book Giveaway Reminder
It's not too late to get in on my giveaway of two copies of
Robison Wells'
Click here for details.

A Day of Thanks

It's been a tough three years. As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving this week I'd like to take a minute and express my gratitude. My list is hardly all encompassing, but these are a few things I'm thankful for.
  • Being married (28 years in January) to a wonderful man. When one of my betas told me the epilogue in my adventure romance showed the love interests still too into each other, I had to smile. I hadn't realized I'd based some of my my hero's more romantic characteristics after my hubby.
  • Six amazing children. Being a mother changed and enriched my life in ways I could not understand until I'd experienced it. There's truth in the trite little saying that motherhood has a way of proving that your heart really can beat outside of your body. For all the anguish these smart and talented individuals gave us while they were growing up, all I can say is: what a ride. And we did it together.
  • Seven (soon to be eight in December) grandchildren. Oh. My. Heck. Why didn't someone tell me how dang much fun being a grandmother would be? I'd have skipped the parent thing and gone right to Nana right away! All the fun with only a little of the responsibility!
  • When so many people don't have a job, I do. I'll never be rich working for municipal government but I work with wonderful people, and I like to think what I do makes a difference.
  • Belief in something bigger than myself.

Do you have any "attitude of gratitude" traditions in your family?


  1. Why can't two people still be that much in love?

  2. Such a great list. There is so much to be thankful for - thank you for the reminder.

  3. Six children Donna... and I'm struggling with two right now. It's encouraging to hear that you are still alive after all that, tonight was just one crazy night here at my house.

    I want to teach my children to be grateful for what they have because even though it isn't much, they have everything because we love them.

  4. You are my hero! What a beautiful post.

    I sincerely love those people who make critique comments like the one you mentioned. I put a drowning scene out there for comments once and a woman told me I had it all wrong. She cited an article about how people drown and how peaceful they were about it.

    Well, I didn't tell her, but I was a lifeguard for years. Fortunately, I never witnessed an actual/complete drowning, but more than once saw someone come close. There was nothing peaceful about it. I did remind her that I wrote fiction and fantasy at that.

    Whether they end up together or not. Let those love interests still be into each other, makes for a better love story or devastating breakup whichever way you go. Just sayin'.

  5. Beautiful thoughts here today, it's such a nice time to remember all the good that we do have in our lives ...

  6. Love these! I've been writing something I'm grateful for every day on Facebook and it's really given me a positive attitude :)

  7. I try to take a little time every day to give thanks for all the blessings in my life. Even if I would like to severely mangle some of them from time to time :)


    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. All things to be grateful for.

    Have a great Thanksgiving, Donna. :)

  9. That's so sweet!
    I thank God every day for my family. They're such a blessing.

    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  10. Still excited about your giveaway and I LOVE that you shared so many awesome things to be THANKFUL for. I love thanksgiving for precisely this reason. It's good to count our blessings!

  11. Those are some STRONG numbers! Be proud--such a lovely post!

  12. Those are some amazing things to be grateful for! We used to tell what we were grateful for about the person sitting on our right at the Thanksgiving table.

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  13. Your list was so sweet. Indeed, you have much to be thankful for. Have a wonderful holiday! :)

  14. For me, it's just be grateful for every dang thing you DO have. So many have so much less. I'm alive and healthy and in the end, that's what really matters.

  15. Wow, I have three kids and have trouble keeping up with their homework. How on earth did you do it?????

  16. What a lovely list of things to be thankful for. I'm so thankful to have two wonderful, supportive parents, and an equally supportive husband. Wow, I just teared up writing that!

  17. Family? Kids? Grandkids? You have been productive;) Sounds like you've got lots of good stuff to be thankful for:)

  18. I love your list. It's truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving

  19. There is no way you are old enough to be a grandparent. Seriously? And of almost eight?! SERIOUSLY? Wait. Really? I thought you were like... 30.

    Okay, now that the shock has worn off, um... our traditions aren't nearly gratitude attitudey enough. I should change that!

  20. Love your list! Happy Thanksgiving.


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