Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In An Attitude of Gratitude...and a gift for you!

For me, the Thanksgiving week is not only filled with the hustle and bustle of dinner preparations, which takes us two days to prepare, but to also reflect on my many, many blessings. 

First and foremost, my family. I wished every one of you could meet them. If you stopped in for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, you just might! I can't remember a single year our house wasn't filled to capacity with family and friends. With my mother being one of nine children and my dad one of four, I have more cousins than I care to count. All throughout my youth a goodly portion of them always showed up for dinner at our house.

As it always does, time marched on, my childhood faded away, and adulthood took over... 

My parents during their dating years...Aren't they just the cutest things?

I have four siblings, and together the five of us have produced twenty-four grandchildren for my beloved parents. In turn--so far--those grandchildren have blessed them with forty-three great-children, one more on the way, and two more sweet little girls we are hoping to add to our family through adoption. Great-great grandchildren? They have two so far.... If you do the math, all of our family gatherings are a party waiting to happen, and Thanksgiving is no exception. Hence the reason it takes us two days to prepare a dinner that feeds so many!

I am most grateful for the abundance of spiritual blessings that resonate deep in my soul. I would not be what I am today without them. I am grateful for my beloved country and for all those who have fought, bled, and died to keep her free. I am thankful for plenty of food on the table and a lovely roof overhead situated on six lovely acres, where we have horses, dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, and a peahen. I am also grateful for the unique experiences I have had during my lifetime, one of which is my journey as an author. I wouldn't trade the ups and downs of that journey for anything in this world. I love writing and it has not only been an amazing blessing, but a joy to see my books published. I am grateful to each person who has bought, borrowed, or checked out one or all of my books and then sent me a personal note after having read them. I treasure them all! My list goes on and on, but I will let this suffice for now lest I bore you to tears.  

Just one more thing, though... In gratitude to all of my wonderful readers, I am offering a free ebook copy of Van Locken's Witch from Amazon. This offer is good today and through Sunday, November 30th, 2014, so don't delay! This is the prequel to Shadow of the Witte Wieven and therefore, the perfect gift to give you during my Shadow of the Witte Wieven book tour and giveaway.  Today you will find me answering questions at Our Wolves Den, so if you have a minute, I would love it if you would drop by and say hello! While you're there, don't forget to enter our giveaway!  

Upcoming Tour Stops:

December  3:   Dena Garson  - Real...Hot...Romance
December  3:   SBM Book Obsession
December 10:  MAD Hoydenish
December 17:  Kit 'N Kabookle
December 17:  Kinky Vanilla Romance
December 31:  Bunny's Review

January      7:  Coffee Books and Art
January     14: The Avid Reader
January     21:  Booklover Sue
January     28:  Yeah Books! Blog

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So, what are you doing for Thanksgiving this year?


  1. I loved your family story. What a great picture. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Happy Thanksgiving, though it is a bit delayed... This was a fun post to read on how you spent you your Thanksgivings. The sound a bit like my own, though I am not the one that is in the kitchen for two days. I do try to help if and when I can. For this Thanksgiving I pretty much lounge since my help wasn't requested. I did get to spend time with my brother, sisters, nephews, and nieces, so it was fun to be able to hang out with them.

    1. Always a joy to hang out with family! Thanks so much for stopping by! I LOVE it when you visit!

  3. What a lovely family you have, Debbie. And I loved the photo of your parents in their dating years (I love looking at old photos). I've been out of town the last few days, celebrating a wedding anniversary with my DH, although I was home for Thanksgiving. Hubby and I hosted Thanksgiving this year for my side of the family and, although it is not nearly as large as yours, it was still a wonderful blessing to have everyone together. Another blessing I am truly grateful for is the amazing friends I have made online through my journey as an author, you among them! Happy belated Thanksgiving!

  4. Thank you so very much for all of your sweet comments! You are counted among my treasured blessings as well! You know that, right?

  5. LOL! You're so sweet. Of course, my friend! :)