Let’s Give Thanks… Link Up

by Susan

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

What’s on your agenda for today?

  • Basting a bird?
  • Scrubbing your sink spotless for your mother-in-law’s arrival?
  • Battling a blizzard to get to a family dinner?
  • Waiting for hours in an airport?


Or maybe you’re extra lucky today. Are you…

  • Relaxing on the couch?
  • Enjoying the aroma of a turkey prepared by your spouse?
  • Playing in the snow with your children?
  • Laughing at stories of the past with family and friends?

Our Thanksgiving Days may look rather different, but we all have this in common…

We are thankful.

Janice and I are Canadian and so we celebrated a day with turkey dinner back in October. But we also take time on this American Thanksgiving Day to count our many blessings.

As mothers, Janice and I will always top our list of blessings with our children. Janice and I each have two precious children who fill our lives with joy and fun-filled chaos.

Almost nine years ago, the journey began with Jackson. Janice and I both desperately wanted to have children, but thought we’d best plan the timing carefully so that we could help each other. It was Janice’s turn first. On her first month of ‘trying’, the stick changed color, and 9 months later, Jackson arrived.

But, sadly I couldn’t seem to keep the schedule. It was my turn next, but my body didn’t obey. So I focused my love on Jackson as his doting auntie and tried to be patient as a waited for my own.

With a sweet sense of timing, Julia finally arrived on Mother’s Day in 2005. I felt surely I was the most thankful woman in the world.

And then, the fall of 2007 brought a twin blessing slightly differently than others… Janice and I birthed babies two weeks apart and called them our twin cousins. Despite their similar DNA, my Sophia and Janice’s Olivia looked and behaved nothing like each other, but that didn’t stop us from dressing them alike and raising them as close as sisters.

Our four children love each other and play together constantly. We can feel how thankful they are for each other and we both know that we can’t ever imagine being more thankful for anything else in the world than our beloved children.

Our list of thanks goes on and on… but somehow when I start the list, I tend to linger on that number one entry — our greatest blessing — our children!

Give Thanks With Us

What are you most thankful for?
How do you spend Thanksgiving Day?

Share your Thanksgiving posts with us and the rest of the blogosphere.

Add your link below to any and all of your Thanksgiving related posts…

Here’s a Thumbnail style Linky…

Or a basic style Linky if you prefer…

Written by Susan, co-founder of 5 Minutes for Mom. Talk with me: @5minutesformom and Facebook.com/5minutesformom.

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Susan Carraretto and her identical twin, Janice Croze, created 5 Minutes for Mom in 2006. Susan loves all social media, but her top addiction these days is Pinterest. She recently published a children's book titled "The Pest Detectives" which you can download now in digital format for free.

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kristen November 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Such a lovely post. Happy Thanksgiving to you all!


2 Janice November 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Thanks Kristen! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)


3 Amber November 25, 2010 at 4:48 pm

It’s not Thanksgiving here, but as snow falls on my house I am feeling VERY thankful that I can walk my daughter to kindergarten. As you well know, driving in the snow in Vancouver is not much fun.

And of course I’m also thankful for my children, my husband, our home and all that great stuff every day of the year. :)


4 Janice November 27, 2010 at 5:50 pm

Wasn’t that snow beautiful!! Even though I had to drive in it, I miss it! It was so cold that the roads were good, not like our normal hovering at freezing, making ice, stuff!



5 Laurie November 25, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Thanks so much for a linky opportunity today! I am so thankful for so many things, including 5 Minutes for Mom! Thanks so much for ALL you do to enrich the lives of mothers and their families! Happy TG y’all!


6 Janice November 27, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Awwww!!! You ROCK! We are thankful for you!!!


7 Carrie with Children November 25, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Such beautiful children! I’m sure they are very thankful for their great moms, too! Thanks for the linky!


8 Janice November 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm

THANKS! You are too sweet!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving holiday — and thanks for joining in on our linky! :)


9 Darlene Schacht November 25, 2010 at 10:23 pm

Another Canuck without Turkey here, but thankful nonetheless. God is good!


10 Janice November 27, 2010 at 5:52 pm

Yes – we don’t have the turkey dinner, but we are certainly counting our blessings up here this weekend! :)


11 LJS65 November 26, 2010 at 12:58 pm

Thanks for sharing your joys and gorgeous photos with us.
You both indeed have much to be thankful for… God bless you both.


12 Janice November 27, 2010 at 6:37 pm

You are so kind!! Thank YOU!

God bless you — and I hope you had a wonderful holiday!


13 Petula November 26, 2010 at 5:38 pm

I’m most thankful to have been able to spend time with the four of my children today. It’s the first time we’ve all eaten together in months. My oldest is in college.


14 Janice November 27, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Oh so glad you got to all be together!!! College seems so far away right now… but I know it will come! Happy Thanksgiving!


15 Self Sagacity November 27, 2010 at 5:32 am

It’s a great thanksgiving post, nice to read more about how you both become moms. I am thankful for a great SO, among many other things.


16 Janice November 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Thank you!!!

Happy Thanksgiving to you! :)


17 Lolli November 27, 2010 at 6:46 pm

How did I miss this on Thursday?! Perhaps I was distracted by the cooking and eating. We’re still eating turkey here….and counting our blessings as well.


18 Craig November 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I’m not a mom. I’m not a woman. I hope it’s ok that I’m here and that your linky was the first linky I’ve ever done.

If it’s not OK I don’t mind if you take my linky down.

And maybe I should have asked that question before doing the linky.

Think first – then act – never really got that one down.

God Bless


19 Skye November 28, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Following your blog!
Please follow back!


20 Deanna- Mommygaga.com November 28, 2010 at 10:48 pm

Thanks for the linky! Everyone is welcome to link up on Mondays at Mommygaga.com!



21 Stephanie November 30, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I love the colors in the last 4 pictures. Beautiful. Do you use Photoshop for photo editing?


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