Sunday, November 23, 2008

When all else Fails, Be Thankful


Mom (Ellen) and new hubby (Oliver)



Me doing my dorky witch immitation to my uncle Rick

My aunt Deb and my niece Noelle

Rick dressed up as the Shiek he is.
Me and my favorite withchee glasses and hat. Wish I could wear them everyday!

Noelle, Jonathan and Laura. My nieces and newphew that I adore with all my heart.
Me and my sister in law, Robin. She's smart and gorgeous!

My brother Michael, me and my sister Beth-Anne. I'm the oldest and was born as a mutant midget under a cabbage patch with the bunnies as I look nothing like them. No, they are not twins. Yes, we all come from the same parents. Again, the cabbage patch thing.

Mom and Oliver at the rehearsal. Happiness and love to them.

So much craziness in the world. So much sadness, worry, depression. Yet, when we take a moment to really think of things. There is much to be Thankful for. The things in life we take for granted. The things in life that are most precious. The things in life that "when all else fails, we are still thankful for."

My Mom got married on November 1st. Of course this meant that her rehearsal dinner was on Halloween, so we dressed up a little. What fun we had. There was much laughter, there was good food, there was good wine and best of all there was us being silly. So much to be thankful for even though the world is going to hell, even though we could crawl in bed and stay forever under the covers, even though the future is uncertain. "When all else fails, be Thankful."

I'm thankful that my family had such a good time together. I'm thankful that my Mom finally found the happiness she deserves. I'm thankful for the laughter, the dancing, the silliness and the memory I can keep forever.

May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Even though the world is falling apart, sadness surrounds and despair is in the air, when all else fails, be Thankful for what you have and the things that matter most.

Hugs,
Shell
PS, I'm thankful for all of you that follow my chatter each week. Blessings to you.

21 comments:

Susan said...

I so agree with you on being thankful...and how cute is your family...thanks for sharing!
Susan

PS At least you did not need the flying monkeys!!! Or, in your case, flying bunnies!!!

Marie said...

Hi Shell,
Looks like you all had a great time. Congrats to your Mom and Oliver. The kids are adorable. and the rest of your family looks like a happy fun-loving group.
Marie

Patricia said...

what a beautiful post! Thanks for sharing the good times with your family. Your Mom looks radiant. You look terrific in your witch hat and glasses.

Pat

gail said...

Hi Shell,, you have a wonderful family. I am so happy your mother found her prince. Today was a day I wanted to bury my head with all thats going on personally and globaly. I really enjoyed your post and you made me think. Perfect timing! (check out my blog, I have some bunnies posted.lol) Happy Thanksgiving Sweetie... ((()))gail

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage said...

Michelle ~ that is just wonderful that your mom got married ~ what a total joy and blessing !!
You all look so cute ~ I love seeing family pictures ~
xoxo,
Lori

Miniature Patisserie Chef said...

Hi Shell,

Looks like you and your family were all having a great time! Thanks for sharing the precious family photos with us!

Have a happy Thanksgiving!

Pei Li

Susie said...

Hi Shell! Looks like everyone had a wonderful time. I loved your 'cabbage patch' theory.
Pink hugs,
Susie of The Polka Dot Rose

Dawn-Hydrangea Home said...

I love all of your posts Michelle. It looks like you have such a fun family and your mom does look so happy! Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
Dawn

Cindy - Angel Wings Cottage said...

Hi Shell - -

Your mom looks so very happy! I enjoyed seeing all the pics of your family - - looks like a fun loving group!!

Blessings and a happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

Cindy O.

Silena said...

Hi Shell,
What a grand and fun family you have....I think you are all very, very beautiful!! Yes it is crazy out there, huh? But what it all boils down to is really "family"! Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving Day!

lisa said...

Shell ~

Congratulations to you sweet mom and Oliver, what a lovely couple they make. It looks like you all had the time of your life at the reception. Your right we need to appreciate what we have in these time and try and not dwell on what we don't. Thank you for your inspiring posts.

Lisa
www.palepinkandroses.com

Cottage Flair said...

What a wonderful post to read! Looks like you had a great time with your family. Thanks for reminding us all to be thankful despite what is going on. Happy Thanksgiving!
Jennifer

Theresa said...

Hi Michelle,
I have been remiss in my blogging. But I have been reading yours. I love your post "Let's Skip Today". Whew, that came at a time when I really needed it. I finally got a new blog up to read if you are interested. Your blog has expressed what we are all feeling. So I have decided to skip today. Literally and metaphorically.
Thanks,
Theresa @ Cottage Violets

Francie of The Scented Cottage said...

A beautiful family !

Happy Thanksgiving to you Sweetiepie

Craft Diva said...

oh shell...what a great family you have. so much fun! i wish the best for your mom and oliver. they look like such a sweet couple. and i am thankful for dw friends that call me dw.

EileenandKaren@forgetmenotdreams said...

Shell, I love your witch glasses and hat! What a wonderful family celebration! Truly something to be thankful for!
Hugs,
Eileen

Carrie Gonzalez said...

Shell, Your family is just lovely. Congratulations to your Mom and Oliver. It really is about family and the ones you love. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thanks so much for the cigar boxes. You are too sneaky! :)
hugs,
Carrie

cathy said...

What a fun, memorable wedding! Hey, I dare you to wear the witches hat & glasses everyday!
Your family is beautiful!
Hey, Shell, I found a cute bunny pic:
http://holy-cuteness.blogspot.com/2008/11/sunny-bee-bunny.html

Shabby in Pink Boutique said...

Hey Shell
What a wonderful family! I enjoyed the pics. You look FANTASTIC! Love that witchy outfit! lol
Pink Hugs
Stephanie

Debbie said...

Hi Shell....I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Thanks for sharing all the family pics with us. :)

Pink hugs,
Debbie

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