Although Thanksgiving is an American holiday, the meaning behind it is universal. We in America give thanks for the freedoms our country enjoy today because of what our ancestors fought for.
We try and remember our loved ones and the traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. We create circles of family and friends around dining on the traditions of turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie as the fireplace warms our home and heart to what being alive to celebrate another Thanksgiving means.
Each Thanksgiving that we get to have with our friends and family becomes more precious with each passing year and traditions old and new become revered and passed on for a new generation to carry. This Thanksgiving remember to give to those less fortunate if even a small way and remember all the wonderful things you have to be grateful for.
Today Ronn and I went to the Shelter Hope Pet Shop to celebrate their one year anniversary of saving the lives of so many animals this past year. Many vets and senior citizens have adopted from the Shelter Hope Pet Shop and have found great therapy and companionship by their adoptions.
We then went to celebrate the birthday of Ronn’s first wife Janet. I happen to adore Jannie as we call her. She is a wonderful, beautiful lady and has known Ronn for almost 40 years. Many of Ronn’s childhood friends were there and it was a beautiful celebration of lifelong friendship, amazing food and fun company.
That’s really what life is all about, isn’t it? Friendship, food and fun company is something to treasure each and every day. Giving thanks is about sharing who you are and what you love with people you love to be around. And as life gets shorter, that gets more and more precious.
I do know I feel a deep sense of gratitude for each day that I’m healthy and happy and I want to feel that way as much as possible in this lifetime. There is so much to feel grateful for each and every day. Even though some days are maybe not as great at times as others, life is a meant to be joyful and adventurous.
Ronn and I are deeply grateful for all of you who have loved and supported us through huge transitions this year. I for one am grateful for my health and the well-being of my family and friends. We are grateful for the opportunities that are presenting themselves every day with such vigor and excitement. And we are grateful for the love that we share, a love so rare and so deep that it bursting to come out and play.
That’s exactly what we are doing now. Playing, enjoying life and spreading our love and thanks to all of you. Through, music, books, Ronn’s Garage, charity, food and travel we hope you will continue to follow us on this journey called life.
Hi Ronn and Devin. Thanks for another great blog.
Here in Slovakia we dont have a Thanksgiving, but I am really grateful for many things. One of those things is friendship with u 2. Its really adorable what u 2 are doing for us – your fans: this amazing blog, Ronns garage, each tweet/reply on twitter. I love u for that, and am very proud to be ur devoted fan. Wish u all the best, because thats what u deserve.
Dev, You are such a warm and loving woman. I am so thankful that Ronn found you. I watched your latest wedding and saw the true love in Ronn that he has for you. Thanksgiving and Christmas is such a sad time for me. I am guilty of not doing all I could for others and reading what you and Ronn have been doing is very inspiring.
Sadly, I am going to have to say, I am really missing Ronn as Ridge of B&B. I support Ronn completely with his leaving, but as I said, Holidays makes those that don’t have much famiily to be around, or have lost all of them even a sadder time. I didn’t now that I did love Ridge so much.
I pray that God will continue to bless both of you and all the good things you are doing. I can tell that you have a bond together and are happy. Forgive me for being selfish. Enjoy all things while you can and know that both of you are loved because of the love that you show and people like me recieve from just a few words and a peep into the love that you share for so many. I am a dog lover and know how much it means to have someone stick up for the little animals that can’t defend themselves.
Blessings in all you do. Friend, Sharon from Louisiana
Hi you two. It goes without saying that your hearts are in the right place. I had the privilege of taking care of 5 four-legged family members, and I miss them terribly. Their time came, and needless to say, as much as we prepare it was an awful loss just the same. So, I am so happy you and Ronn donate your time and effort to help those sweet dogs and cats that can’t fend for themselves.
My family and I give Thanksgiving a special meaning for more than just that one day. We cook for others and make it a little more festive for folks who cannot take care of themselves. Devin, I know you and Ronn have donated your time to serve food to the needy in your life. It’s that part of you, and that part of me that makes life worth it.
So, from my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving. You are both appreciated in so many ways. I extend that feeling to all your dear family and friends, too.
Love you, Lilian