Happy*Thanksgiving*Eve!!! I’ve had an extremely busy month, so I had to step away from this blog and most of social media for a while, but I’m glad to be back, celebrating my favorite holiday.
I love Thanksgiving because of so many things. I love waking up with the fam at the crack of dawn so we can run the Turkey Trot 5k, something I’ve done since high school. I love coming home to my mom bringing over breakfast quiches and helping me get our feast started while we all watch the Macy’s Day Parade on TV. I love knowing we’ll be getting ready for Christmas the next day. But to me, Thanksgiving is a little bit better than Christmas because it’s all about being thankful for what you have, rather than wishing for what you don’t. This message has been especially important these past few months.
As most of you know, we took in a homeless family at the beginning of September. If you knew this single mom and her three kids and heard their story, chances are, it’d change the picture in your mind of what homelessness looks like. Since then, we’ve moved in a new house while they’re still staying in our foreclosed home (nobody has come knocking on the door yet, even after it was sold at auction *fingers crossed*). We’ve been so blessed by our new rental, which is only a half mile from our daughter’s high school (also our alma mater–where I met my hubs when I was 14). With her being involved in so many activities, this is exactly what we wanted, and came at the exact price we needed! So you see, karma is a wonderful thing. I hope this holiday season you help someone in need if you’re able to do so. Anyway, here are the promised pictures . . . better late than never, right?
And you want to know something else I’m thankful for? YOU!! For supporting me in my writing endeavors. I’m thrilled to announce the last installment of My So-Called Afterlife trilogy is coming out on January 27, 2015! JUST 2 MONTHS AWAY!!! If you have a minute, I’d be ever so grateful if you added 18 Thoughts to your Goodreads and help spread the word!
Sample tweet or FB post: Add the last book of the
#YA trilogy by @jamiemayres #18Thoughts to your Goodreads now! Only 2 mo until it all ends! https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23588492-18-thoughts?from_search=true
THANKYOUTHANKYOUTHANKYOU!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
Also, I know most of you will be shopping this weekend. My 14yo daughter and I host a blog on my publisher’s website called The Jedi and the Padawan. If you’re looking for ideas for the geek or hipster in your life, we’ve got ya covered!
Wow! I’m so thrilled that you have so much to be thankful for! (Especially that amazing writing room. Nice!) And how great that you took in a homeless family. That is a really kind-hearted, loving thing to do. I bet they’re thankful for YOU this holiday.
Great post and glad your year is ending with all God things! Love you!
Jamie, I can’t even begin to express how good this post makes me feel. You are the true spirit of Thanksgiving. I pray no one notices your friend in your old house long enough for them to find a new place, and hopefully, start over.
Lots of good energy to you, for your books, for your endeavor with your daughter and for the continuing journey you are taking with so much love and good will.
Bless you and your family, and all your friends. Happy Thanksgiving 🙂
Congratulations on your lovely new house, and best of luck to the family you’re helping!
I just tweeted and added the book.
Your new home is lovely. I’m glad things are working out for you.
Happy belated Thanksgiving.
Your place looks gorgeous… love your writing space. Yep, you have lots to be thankful for:)