Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted November 26, 2015 by Shari in Holidays / 10 Comments

Happy ThanksgivingI love November. Thanksgiving puts things in perspective. I really love my family and while life isn’t easy, this is the one time of year I get to stop and be thankful for the good things that life has given me.

Thomas – my husband of 19 (almost 20) years. We have gone through a lot, sometimes almost too bad, but in the end we love and support each other. He is my rock, but also I have learned to stand on my own two feet. Hoping his traveling calms down.

Meg – my oldest daughter who is turning out to be quite a lovely lady. Dance team wears me out, but for those 2:30 minutes she dances, I get lost in how beautiful she is both in her heart and in her movements. She is in all honors classes so her reading time has been cut, but I still remember the days I would hunt good YA books for her.

Maddie – my middle child who confuses me to no end. We sometimes call her Mad because she can be such an angry child. ADD hasn’t been easy, but when she loves, she loves hard. Destination Imagination has been her hobby and unfortunately for 2016 we couldn’t find a coach. Out of the 4 years she has participated, she has gone to Globals twice in Knoxville, TN. Competing with children all around the world. It is amazing to see her communicate with other kids who don’t speak English. The shear beauty of kids accepting kids. That is Maddie, my hidden angel. Oh, and she hates reading *gasp*

Ryan – my late in life child. You know just one more kid. Well, I got the honor to stay home with him and hold him for each of naps when he was a baby. He is a tough child to raise as he has ADHD and ODD. Some days if feels like a burden, but then he will do or say something that will make me laugh. That’s Ryan, my sweet child who I have so many dreams for and will work hard to help him achieve them. Obsesses with Minecraft, Star Wars, Avengers, and anything super hero, he tells me his powers are invisibility. No, kid, I see you!

Mom – Mom has had a hard year. Her husband, my stepdad, passed away over a year ago and she is still struggling. Retired, her days are often spent by herself and she lives an hour away from me. I wish that she could move closer to my brother or I, but for now she lives by herself and that scares me. She is my biggest supporter, but also my biggest reality checker.

Sophia Rose – this woman is a superhero. She reads over 400 books a year, writes the majority of our reviews and now can add author to her list of endeavors. She saves me in more than just blogging ways as she listens to me as I complain about life. Things have been stressful over the last two years, and she has stuck with me. Things are getting better and I am getting my reading game back on track. Hopefully this month has treated her ok as she is knee deep in edits!

There are other people, but these are my family and friends that I think about every day. My family. My friend. My loves.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!


  • Ahhhh, you treasure! I feel like the unlikely kid who made the Hall of Fame list. Thankful for you, too, lady!

    • Shari Delighted Read


  • Happy Thanksgiving

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Thanks! Happy Thanksgiving back! Hope you had a wonderful Holiday.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Happy Thanksgiving! We don’t celebrate thanksgiving here in the Netherlands, but from what I’ve heard it sounds like a fun celebration.

    • Shari Delighted Read

      It’s a great holiday if celebrated right. It’s about being thankful for what is in your life, but the commercial industry tries to hoard in on it with Christmas.

  • Happy Thanksgiving!!! I hope you had a wonderful time with your family. I understand what you say about your middle child Maddie. My sister was the same way, was angry for no reason and threw many violent tantrums, but my parents got her on medication and she has been better. And though she is an adult now, she still occasionally has anger spells but is easier to manage now. I think its fabulous that you have such a great husband. Congrats on the almost 20 years….that is amazing. Hope you enjoy the upcoming holidays with your family!!! I agree Sophia is amazing…I honestly have no idea how she gets so much done. Cheers to both of you!!!

    • Shari Delighted Read

      Oh, the angry child. She is on one medicine for ADD and that seems to help, but she only has to take it for school. So on weekends we get flair ups on attitude. Half teenager/half ADD. We are contemplating giving it to her everyday to nip this in the bud. When she is happy, life is so good. When she is mad, well, I have to leave the room.

      I can’t believe we are only 4 short months away form 20 years of marriage. We have been together 23 years last August. Hard to believe how young we were then.