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Reasons to be Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! Although I’m not American, I am an Honorary Texan (yes, that is a thing!) and my cousin and I spent a wonderful Thanksgiving in Atlanta with my honorary second American parents Bruce and Joyce when I was a student. Anyway, American or not, I think it’s a great idea to remember all the things we are thankful for.

I’m sitting typing this in front of a real fire in our very cosy cabin in CentreParcs, drinking a glass of red wine. So I am very very thankful for that, for starters! I’m having a lovely few days with Ryan and the girls, and we feel very lucky to be able to spend this time together.

It’s been so wonderful seeing the girls splashing about in the pool, especially Thea, who has not been a huge fan of swimming before. Her confidence has really grown over the past two days, to the point where she’s voluntarily sticking her head under squirters, and doing little dances of joy. I’ll be posting about our little holiday soon but here is a taster – yes there is fake snow! Ava, Thea and Becky Pink in a sleigh.JPGI’m so thankful for my wonderful mum, and brilliant dad, and the rest of my immediate and extended family, and my close and longstanding friendships: I love this text exchange with one of my oldest friends Elise (not in age, though you may be forgiven for thinking that once you’ve read it!) You know someone is a keeper when they tell you about Nectar points promotions.

Text messages from a best friend

I’m also super excited about my new cyber friendships through blogging and other social media, who just get me, even thought I haven’t met them in real life.

We don’t have loads of money, thanks to my decision to go freelance a year ago, but we have enough (and thanks to a tax rebate, we managed to afford our little holiday, yay!). And the extra time I have with the girls more than makes up for the extra money. We don’t need any more stuff, our house is crammed as it is!

So rather than rambling on about all the things I’m thankful for, I made this little picture, which kind of sums it up. I used some of the ideas from a post I saw on Facebook (though I can’t remember who from, do tell me if you know please, so I can credit them!) and I added a few of my own. The image is of Holkham Beach in Norfolk, which is one of my favourites.

Be Thankful

It’s so easy to moan about the little things, but with all the awful things that are going on across the world, I have nothing to complain about at all.

Have I missed anything? What would you add?

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. Give those loved ones an extra squeeze. They are what counts.

Keep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


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  4. A Moment with Franca

    5th December 2015 at 1:03 pm

    What a lovely post Becky!!! You are right there are so many things that we should be grateful for and it is really nice to write them down so we then can appreciate them more!! I’m with you about not having a lot of money but enough to be happy!! I love the photo of you with your girls in the snow!!! The message of you and your friend is funny as you are right we are getting old to care about those things now! LOL The last quote is just right!! Thanks so much for sharing this at #KCACOLS. I love having you here and to reading your posts every week. 🙂 xx

    1. Becky Pink

      5th December 2015 at 1:31 pm

      Ah thanks so much Franca, thanks for hosting, you’re doing such a great job. Xx

  5. Silly Mummy

    3rd December 2015 at 12:56 pm

    This is lovely! You’re right, we should try to appreciate the good things. I did a Thanksgiving once too – I lived in Michigan for a year when I was 17. #bestandworst

    1. Becky Pink

      3rd December 2015 at 6:20 pm

      Ah yay it’s so much fun isn’t it? Almost as good as Christmas xx

  6. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap)

    2nd December 2015 at 2:34 pm

    I always love your posts Becky. This one is so lovely and so true. I love the picture you have created at the end. I’m feeling a bit stressy at the mo as soooo much to do but these sorts of thankful posts make me chill and relax and just enjoy life and what I am lucky to have. Thanks for sharing with #bestandworst and see you soon x

    1. Becky Pink

      2nd December 2015 at 9:24 pm

      Ah thanks Sarah, I’m glad you like it, pop me an email to and I can email you a copy if you like. So sorry to hear you are feeling stressed. xx

  7. Mum in Brum

    2nd December 2015 at 10:56 am

    This is so lovely, I would love a copy of this to hang above my desk! It is so easy to get caught up in life and bogged down by the little things, but it’s also the little things that bring us such happiness. It’s so important to reflect every once in a while and be thankful. #bestandworst xx

    1. Becky Pink

      2nd December 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Ah thanks so much, I’m glad you like it! Pop me your email to and I’ll send you a copy if you like. xx

  8. daddymindtricks

    1st December 2015 at 11:36 am

    This is absolutely lovely. Beautiful picture and so very kind with the words you’ve chosen here. Congrats on being an “honorary Texan.” Haha. My wife is from Texas, so we spend quite a bit of time there with the fam. Thanks for linking up on #twinklytuesday

  9. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    29th November 2015 at 3:51 pm

    I love that list! It’s so true, there is always something to be thankful for – I’m a big fan of Pollyanna’s glad game, even if it is a bit sickly sweet! 🙂 #KCACOLS

    1. Becky Pink

      29th November 2015 at 6:55 pm

      Ah I had forgotten Pollyanna! I might have to introduce that to my girls, I think they would love it! Thanks for the reminder! xx

  10. Laura's Lovely Blog

    29th November 2015 at 10:08 am

    Oh I love that picture it is so true, be thankful for what you have as so many people have much less. xx #kcaols

    1. Becky Pink

      29th November 2015 at 11:19 am

      Thanks Laura, it can be hard to remember so I try to remind myself xx

  11. steph_baybee

    26th November 2015 at 9:28 pm

    This is a lovely post, you are 100% right and I love your little picture you made up.

    1. Becky Pink

      26th November 2015 at 9:42 pm

      Thank you so much Steph I’m really pleased you like it xx

  12. motherhoodtherealdeal

    26th November 2015 at 2:03 pm

    This is so lovely! So easy to get caught up in a cycle of moaning so thanks for this reminder. Pinning this lovely image now! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub x

    1. Becky Pink

      26th November 2015 at 2:46 pm

      Thanks so much! Life is great even if things go wrong every now and then xx

  13. beautybabyandme

    26th November 2015 at 1:23 pm

    A lovely post! Really enjoyed it xx #coolmumclub

  14. nightwisprav3n

    26th November 2015 at 12:52 pm

    That’s a great list of things to be thankful for and I am happy that even though you aren’t an American you have taken the time to honor an American holiday! Thanks so much for that. I believe that thankfulness is a universal theme that can be used by anyone at anytime. I’m glad you’re an honorary Texan though and with that I say Happy Thanksgiving! Visiting from #coolmumclub

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