Canadian Thanksgiving and 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge

Hello all!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends!

We had such a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend full of family, lots of love, and of course lots of food.

Yesterday, Danny and I went pumpkin picking before heading to my parents’ place for the first out of two thanksgiving meals. We looked around for quite a while until Danny found the perfect pumpkin (he puts a large amount of care into the pumpkin picking process). We had so much fun together wandering around the pumpkin patch. It was really nice to have a bit of time alone together before dinner.

We had a lovely dinner with my family, talking laughing and eating. My Aunt from South Carolina flew in yesterday afternoon and joined us for dinner. It was so good spending time with her. She is staying for two weeks so we will get lots of visiting time in.

Today, Danny and I woke up relatively early to get some laundry done and to cook the duck for our second Thanksgiving dinner with his family.

We had a lovely time with everyone on his side of the family and had even more delicious food.

There are so many things that I am thankful for today, and everyday. Thanksgiving is another reminder to slow down and take time to reflect on the things in life to be grateful for. I have said this many times in other blog posts, but expressing gratitude is so important.

Being grateful for everything, even struggles and hard times, can help us become better, happier people. It’s easy to focus on our problems and the negative aspects of life and counting our blessings can sometimes feel like a chore, however, it helps shape us into more positive, productive people.

I started a 52 week gratitude challenge in November last year, but never completed it. This year, I have decided to try a 30 day gratitude challenge to ease back into writing challenges. And, since today is Thanksgiving Day, I figured it would be appropriate to start the challenge today.

30 Days of Gratitude, Day One: An Unexpected Blessing

I have talked about this many times before, but an unexpected blessing that I am grateful for is my wonderful husband.

Three years ago, I was feeling frustrated and discouraged about not having a significant other. Quite a few of my friends had boyfriends at that point in time, were talking to boys they were interested in, or were single but had experience with boyfriends before. I had been single all through middle school and high school and in my first year of university.

After dealing with feelings of loneliness and longing for a romantic relationship, God placed Danny in my life in the most unexpected way. We met online which definitely not the way I imagined or necessarily how it wanted to meet someone, but it ended up being one of the best things to ever happen to me. Meeting Danny was definitely an unexpected blessing and I am so beyond thankful for him. God knew what he was doing (as he always does) when he brought us today, no matter how “unconventional” I thought it was. I will be forever grateful for Danny and our life together.

I hope you enjoyed this little update and the first day of this 30 day gratitude challenge! I found this challenge on Pinterest which took me to the lovely Jennifer Dukes Lee’s blog.

Here is the overview of her 30 Days of Gratitude challenge:


Thanks for reading!




4 Comments Add yours

  1. k a t e says:

    I love the idea of doing this challenge! I might just have to join you in this! I think it’s a good thing to be able to look at the little things in life that you’re grateful for! Also, you and Danny look super cute in your Thanksgiving selfie! xoxo


    1. Sydney Abbey says:

      You should, I’d love to read your posts if you do the challenge! 🙂 You’re absolutely right, it’s definitely good to reflect on the things you’re grateful for! Thank you so much for reading Kate! Xo

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      1. k a t e says:

        First one is up! I’m super excited to be doing this with you!


      2. Sydney Abbey says:

        Awesome!! 🙂 I’m excited that you are doing this challenge with me as well!


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