Happy, Hopeful Thanksgiving!

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What are you feeling grateful for this year? Sitting around my grandmother’s “Friendly Village” china (Johnson Brothers), piled high with her turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy, we’d always finish dinner by telling each other what we were especially grateful for that year. Family and friends usually topped the list, but it was always good to say it out loud (Still is–my siblings and I still call to ask each other what we were thankful for the past year!). The fact is, no matter what manner of trials or illnesses or sources of anxiety there might have been during the previous year, there is always something to be grateful for. Usually lots of things!

This year, as I face the news that my lovely British publisher, Sunpenny, is changing its business model and will be returning the rights for the Sophie Topfeather series back to me at the end of December, I am sad, but still so grateful. Grateful for the two and a half years of being in relationship with them as they put out two beautiful children’s novels, with my name on the cover! Grateful for third grader who just this week checked out Sophie’s Quest for the third time. Grateful for the Muslim student who asks me weekly how many more pages I’ve written on Sophie #3 (six more this week, perhaps half-way)! Grateful for the opportunities to share with women’s groups how to pursue a God-given dream, as I did last Saturday at a nearby church.

I’m also so grateful that Jeff, my husband, believes in the series and won’t let this change of events be the end of Sophie and friends! Together, we’re seeking God’s leading, and together, we will work out this new “chapter.” What a thrill to put out our first book together this year, too–Mount Rainier’s Historic Inns and Lodges feels like the icing on the cake of our 25th wedding anniversary, and shows me that we really can do something special together in the coming year for Sophie.

Apart from the usual family and friends and book-related gratitude, I have to add that I am also very grateful that a little friend named Michelle has made it out of the hospital after a scary and uncertain three weeks. When a child is in the hospital on Halloween, you know they’re SICK, and when they are still in the hospital weeks later, you start praying non-stop. Seeing her walk into school today made my heart jump with joy. Look at the beautiful bracelet she made me while in the hospital!

Finally, thank YOU for helping me work out my anxieties of this political season through this blog. Your comments and likes and shares have helped me remember that we are not alone, and we have a great God who is with us and sovereign over all. I appreciate you!

May you also have a long list of things to be grateful for this holiday season!

Stay tuned for the return of the series, “Why I am Feeling Hopeful Today.”

About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and picture books for children, and occasionally an article or short story for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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9 Responses to Happy, Hopeful Thanksgiving!

  1. Gail Johnson says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sonja! ❤

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  2. vallypee says:

    What a lovely post, Sonja! We don’t have the same festival here, but I’ve also just written a ‘things to be thankful for’ post. Perhaps it’s the time of year when we feel that it needs to be said. The bracelet is lovely! I’m sure that little girl is thankful for you too! Happy thanksgiving to you and your family!

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  3. Hi Sonja. It was a treat for me to be at that women’s brunch where you spoke that Saturday. As an out-of-town guest attending with a friend who attends that church, I felt God meant for me to be there. Your words were an encouragement to me as a writer with hopes and dreams, and I’m enjoying following your blog now.

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    • Thank you so much, Anita, for your kind comments! I wish you many blessings along your writing journey! If you ever have any writing questions, feel free to use the contact form on the website to reach me anytime. It goes right to my email, and I love to encourage writers and try to answer any questions they might have! I’m curious where you live–if you are within an hour or so radius of Seattle, I highly recommend the very encouraging and informative NW Christian Writers Association! We meet once a month in Bothell. You’d be very welcome!

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  4. On my ‘Little Extra Give Thanks’ list?
    You.
    God hears my thanks that He’s brought you and I and your books (and Starbucks) together.
    I can almost picture God thinking ‘oh Sonja . . . just you wait for what I have planned!’

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