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Thursday, 26 November 2015


"Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated in Canada and the United States as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year."

Being both born and bred in the UK, we don't celebrate Thanksgiving, but many of our readers do, so in the spirit of the holiday I'd just like to appreciate the things in life that I am thankful for.
so in no particular order

Health: I am thankful for my continued good health, we all like to complain about the minor things that ARE wrong with us such as a headache here or a sniffle there, but it's not often we contemplate how many things AREN'T wrong with us. With all the chronic illnesses and challenges other people face, I can't complain about the small problems I have from time to time.

Home: We have been in our house for a year now, and whilst there is still much to do we have already massively improved more than half of the house. The garden has undergone a transformation from the bare square of weeds it once was and is well on the way toward being the productive micro farm we envision for it. The bathroom has undergone a full makeover, the kitchen has been completely replaced, both the kids rooms have been decorated and so has the living room. We've changed both the front and back door for added security and peace of mind, and changed the consumer unit for the electricity supply. We also got a brand new boiler fitted after the old one died in the heart of last winter. So as you can see we've been very busy bunnies over the last year! All that remains really is to get new carpet for the hallway, stairs and landing and the master bedroom, but all in good time, I'm sure we'll get there eventually.

Family: All of the above home improvements could never have been completed without the massive amount of help we've received from family, particularly the father-in-law who seems to have a never ending list of handyman jobs at Fast-SoS HQ. I am thankful for all of my family, but none more than my gorgeous Wife, whose talents never cease to amaze me. Whether it's her kitchen wizardry and the things she is able to do with fabric, or the way she steps up to any challenge thrown at her and is the most amazing mother, I am a lucky man to have her by my side. I'm also thankful for our wonderful children, Little Logan and baby Aurora. Logan is growing in to such a little character, at 3 years old he is so clever, cheeky and fun to be around. We celebrated the birth of our daughter Aurora in April and she has been a ray of light around the house, always so happy and full of life, we are truly blessed to have them both in our lives, no matter how many sleepless nights or stains on the carpet they cause us!

Friends: We have a great network of people around us, I'd like to thank all of the people in our lives that have supported us in all of life's endeavours, the people that are there for us through thick and thin, all the wonderful customers we have had this year through Lucky Sew & Sew and Thor's Threads, and the people that support us by reading, sharing and commenting on this blog.

Food: I lieu of the thanks giving dinner, this weekend we will be treated to some truly epic food as it is our traditional weekend of putting up the Xmas tree with all of the family. I can't ruin the surprise by telling you all of the delights Carly has planned, but it involved home made pulled pork and I can guarantee that it will be to die for! watch this space and I'll be sure to upload our antics over the next few days

I may not be a wealthy man, but when I think about the the thing things listed above I feel richer than any King, and am content with my Englishman's castle.

If you celebrate Thanksgiving then I hope you have the very best possible holiday, and if you don't celebrate it then maybe it would be a good time to stop for a moment and appreciate the blessings that you do have in your life.


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