We hike on Thanksgiving morning.

We nap on Thanksgiving afternoon.

We eat around 6 on Thanksgiving night.  Then again around 9.

These are all traditions, for which I’m thankful for.

The hike, however, just sets the tone for the day.  Relaxed.  Beautiful.  Blessed.  Being outside, in God’s creation, with the people you love, breathing in His richness.

Psalm 106:1 – Praise the Lord!  Give THANKS to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever!!




This is Henry.


He’s thankful for:

George Lucas.

The way he looks just like his father (a literal “spanking shield”).

Grilled Cheese, Cheese Quesadillas, String Cheese, Eggs and Cheese.  Cheese in any form, even spoken – see picture above.




This is my sister, Katy.


She’s thankful for:

Her firefighter/welder/farmer husband and two pups.

The ability to bake sweet treats, far surpassing her sister in any baking talent.

The Pythagorean theorem and other geeky math stuff.



This is Travis.


He’s thankful for:

ThinkGeek.com, guitars, Final Fantasy.

The knowledge that he’s smarter than most people in a room.

Cookies and Cream Ice cream and peanut butter, at a 1:1 Ratio.

His hot and sassy wife.


This is Clara.


She’s thankful for:

Mama’s Milk and table scraps.

Both sets of Nana’s, who keep her cheeks rosy red with lipstick kisses.

Her special quilt, her fast growing baby doll collection and anything else she can cuddle (Henry included).


This is Lindsay.


She’s thankful for:

Flannel snowman sheets, Hawaiian Hazelnut K-Cups, God’s forgiveness and grace.

Mobility and health, for wrinkles around her eyes.

Her sweet, sweet babies and a shagadelic husband.

Friends like you.

Happiest of days, from my family to yours!


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  1. I am so thankful for YOOOOUUUUU and that I get to call you a friend. <3

    "The knowledge that he’s smarter than most people in a room…" that is awesome. I indeed gave thanks for my common sense and my smarts. I do not ever take that for granted!

    What a perfect day – I wish I could have hiked with you all. SOMEDAY SOON… I WILL hike with you! ;)

  2. I think that a morning hike is one of the best thanksgiving traditions I’ve heard of! Your family is beautiful. Kiss them and love them and have a wonderful Thanksgiving day! You managed to squeeze my heart and make me laugh with your thankful post.

  3. Beautiful! All of it. All of you. I can’t WAIT to meet you and your family in April. Just.can’t.wait. Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful that we are friends.

  4. Aw this might be my favorite post of yours cause I feel like I’ve kinda met your family and hence we are THAT much closer!

    I’m with Henry. VERY thankful for George Lucas!

    Have a wonderful thanksgiving! XOXO

  5. I love the photos in this post – looks like a fun morning was had by all! I’m thankful for the ability to run (even when it’s not always fun), thoughtful family who went out of their way to make vegan-friendly food at Thanksgiving, a long weekend of relaxation, and my wonderful hubby & cute puppies! :)

  6. What a beautiful hike! Sounds like the perfect way to start any day, and especially Thanksgiving.

    Hope you and yours are having the best Thanksgiving ever.

    Also, PS- “shagadelic” may just be my new favorite word.
    And PPS- how do you manage to look so pretty when you’ve been hiking AND you’re wearing a beanie?? I look like a strawberry marshmallow when I’m hiking in the cold air!