I hope you are joining in on the fun over on the Welcoming House Facebook Page as well, where we are talking about all sorts of fun meal ideas, sharing our favorite recipes, etc etc.

And as to the Welcoming House BLOG….I am LOVING these guest posts! Not only are they fun, and make me laugh, but so many of them remind me of all the many things I should be thankful for! Today’s guest post reminded me that I need to thank the Lord every single day for the wise, hard-working partner he has given me in that Handy Hubby of mine, who is full of life and love, and the perfect match for my heart.

Please join me in welcoming Erica Bolton of the BoltonCarley Blog for today’s Thankfulness post!

Blessings to you and yours,

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Let’s talk turkey!  

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To be more specific, let’s talk blessed turkeys.  Currently, I am running the Second Annual Blessed Turkey Project in which I ask friends, family, and strangers to voice their thankfulness on Facebook every day between November 1 and Thanksgiving and if they feel so inclined, I encourage them to participate in Pay it Forward Fridays throughout the month.

Should you be involved, too?

 Heck yes! 

There’s no better feeling than reading everyone’s blessings.  Not only do you take stock of your own life, but sometimes you read others’ commentary and realize how much that applies to you, too, or how much you take for granted.  Last week, I read a post about a woman thankful that she could be with her mother while she goes through breast cancer and another post about being blessed to have prosthetic legs so she can walk.  That puts things in perspective when I’m whining to my friend that I didn’t get my morning Starbucks.  Yeah…..

What prompted me to start the project?  Well, I may or may not take on too many things, including other people’s dramas and problems, sometimes at the expense of my own life.  There might also be a chance that I sometimes forget how good my life is and again, I may or may not be a complainer on any given day.  So I’m thankful that my husband knows how to put things in perspective.  I’m no beauty queen Barbie or Warren Buffett millionaire, but life’s still good.  He always has a new way of saying it, but he gets the point across.  It’s because of him that I have perspective, and I realized last November that maybe I’m not the only one who needs a little perspective.  Maybe they don’t have the best hubs in the world to show them the way.  Hence, the Blessed Turkey Project.  (Click here to join)

As a blogger (and smart aleck), I’m all about what makes the world a funny, crazy place, but I’m also about the silver linings.   Sometimes it is easier to find the silver linings when I put it down on paper.  Now, I’m not going to go all Oprah-Gratitude-Journal on you, but it doesn’t hurt to break out a Facebook post about what’s good in your world (instead of your hatred towards bad drivers and granny panties under tight leggings).  Of course, that doesn’t mean you have to go all Polly-Anna polite either.  Hey, if you’re thankful for Dairy Queen Oreo Blizzards, or Casual Friday so you didn’t have to shave your legs, so be it!  We aren’t here to judge.  We’re just here to share in your blessings.

As for me, my greatest blessing is my family.  It’s not original.  It’s not funny or outlandish.  It’s simply the truth.  The world is full of crappy people, but I am surrounded with the best.  You can’t discount that.  Because of those wonderful people, I have the time and passion to help others see what’s right in front of them every November which is also a blessing.

Come join me if you like, and if you don’t, at least remember to put the ~thanks~ in Thanksgiving this holiday season.

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 As a self-proclaimed herder of cattle, kids, and words, Bolton Carley is a blogger, writer, photographer, teacher, and farmer’s daughter living in Bellevue, NE.  Check out her humorous life lessons blog and join The Blessed Turkey Project or follow her on Twitter.