Sophie and her Poppy reading a book.
Sophie and her Poppy reading a book.

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!  I hope that you are waking up to the smells of good food, the laughter of family, and the thankful nature that we all hopefully have at this time of year.  Here at My Dreams of Disney, we have so much to be thankful for — not the least of which, of course, is our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ — so I thought I would take a moment to share with you some of the things that I’m thankful for on this blessed day.  I hope that you enjoy our photos, and that you and your family have a wonderful day together!

The picture at the beginning of this post was taken on Thanksgiving Day, 2008 — in what would be the last Thanksgiving that my Grandpa would come to our house for.  In this picture, Sophie and her Poppy were sitting at the dining room table, reading a book — or, to be more precise, Sophie was reading to her Poppy.  My Grandpa had Macular Degeneration, so his eyesight at this point was pretty bad — but he loved having Sophie there to share the story with him!  The time that Sophie was able to spend with her Poppy (and Nana, before she passed away) is definitely one thing that I am truly Thankful for.

In this picture, you have 4 generations represented -- Sophie, me, my Mom, and my Grandpa
In this picture, you have 4 generations represented — Sophie, me, my Mom, and my Grandpa

This next picture was taken on Christmas Day in 2008 — in it, you see Sophie, with her Daddy (me), Mom on the left, and Grandpa — four generations, all represented in one photo.  The blessings of Family are among my most treasured blessings! Continuing in my theme, you see another family moment — this one was taken in Montana, at Earthquake Lake, in 2005, when Cindy, Sophie and I went there to visit family and celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary.

Cindy, Sophie and myself in front of Earthquake Lake in Montana, August, 2005.
Cindy, Sophie and myself in front of Earthquake Lake in Montana, August, 2005.

Another thing I’m thankful for is my sister Robin and her family.  This picture is a little dated, but in it are Jim, Robin, and their three kids, Brett, Leslie, and Stephanie.

Robin's Family
Robin, Jim, and their kids.

I’m also thankful to the newest member of our family — Regan, our lovable Golden Retriever who has made himself right at home.  He has a heart of gold, and not a mean bone in his body!

How can you not love this buddy!
How can you not love this buddy!

Of course, no post about what I’m thankful for wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t mention Disney — it is, after all, one thing that I am absolutely blessed to be able to enjoy with my family and our friends!  This collage of pictures was just created for this week’s Wordless Wednesday post, but I am thankful for each and every memory that our trips to Disney have created in the hearts and minds of me and my family.

Left to Right, Top:
Included in collage: Kyle, Cindy, Steph, Shane, Sophie, Nancy, Otis, Riley, Minnie Mouse, Pooh, Mama, Sherry, and me!

To finish us off, I want to share one last photo — a picture of my Dad, his buddy in Florida, and myself, taken on a boat in the Gulf of Mexico.  I didn’t catch a single fish that day, but it is a memory that I have never forgotten, and one that I truly am thankful for!

Geno, Geezer & Mike
Geno, my Dad, and me

My friends, I hope that this day finds you with a thankful heart as you celebrate as best you can Thanksgiving.  I know that the world is not perfect — I know that many of you have to work on this day because of the greed of selfishness of business owners, and I know that many of you may not have family around to celebrate with.  Please know that those of you that take the time each and every day to stop by our little site to hear what we write about — whether it be about Disney, our Lord, or anything in between — please know that YOU are also part of my family, and I am blessed beyond belief that you come and visit.

Please be safe, everyone, and no matter what the circumstances may be, please have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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