NAFCU Services Blog

Nov 21, 2011
Categories: Out of the Box

I’m thankful for my husband, my puppies and pumpkin pie

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought it was important to make sure we stop and remember the important things in life. And I don’t mean how to generate new income – yes, that’s important, but I mean the MOST important things in life. Don’t think about the morning rush hour, the endless inbox, the nagging bills, next year’s budget, and anything else that puts your mind on overdrive these days.

Instead, take a moment to think about why we do it. Why do we endure the rush hour (or hours if you’re in a city like D.C.), dive into those stress-inducing emails, and agonize over bills, projects, or what have you, just to then wake up the next day to do it all over again? It’s a means to an end – our happy end – to the things we are thankful for each and every day and the things that put a smile on our face when our day has given us no reason to have it there.

For me, these things are:

My new husband

(Well, he’s actually been around for a while, but the husband and wife thing is new for us :-))

[caption id="attachment_653" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="To be fair, he started it."]Cake in the face.[/caption]

My puppies

(There’s no way you can’t smile around these two)

[caption id="attachment_654" align="alignnone" width="436" caption="Our wedding Save-the-Date to the left and of course on the right sporting that maroon and orange – they’re both huge Hokie fans!"]My puppies - Luna and Boomer[/caption]

Pumpkin pie

My grandmother makes the BEST pumpkin pie. Ever since I can remember, my family has gone to Thanksgiving in New Jersey to my grandparents’ house where my grandma cooked all day long, and way too much, creating a delicious Thanksgiving feast. And I love every bit of it – the food, visiting with the whole big family, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade on TV. But what I will always remember and what I look forward to all year long is my grandma’s homemade pumpkin pie. I mean the good stuff – not that canned stuff. Grandma cooks down fresh pumpkin herself to make the most delicious pie you’ve ever tasted. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!

This pie made such an impression on me that ever since my first bite of grandma’s pumpkin pie, I have developed an obsession with all things pumpkin. In fact, my new husband thinks I’m kind of a nut when pumpkin season comes around and I stock up on all things pumpkin…

Pumpkin pie, pumpkin beer, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin coffee creamer, pumpkin butter, pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin soup, pumpkin-scented candles, pumpkin soap, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin cream cheese, I even had pumpkin pizza this year (delicious!) And now that you probably think I’m a bit of a nut too, you get the point. :-)

What are the things you’re thankful for this year? Make sure you take a moment to stop everything else and enjoy them. That’s the important stuff. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Post written by Kirstin Orr, Marketing Manager, NAFCU Services Corp.

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