The Gentle Joys of Thanksgiving…

~ Mikki Lessard

One of my first memories in truly understanding “Thanksgiving” was as a little girl, experiencing Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts with my Mom on a school field trip.  I will always remember a quiet conversation I shared with my Mother that afternoon while standing in a meadow overlooking the bay, discussing what the Pilgrims might have experienced.  My Mom encouraged me to imagine, to visualize, wonder and honor those souls.  I imagined the kindness extended within the community and also the heartache of losing family.   I imagined and believed the place where my Mom and I were standing might be where the families of both the Pilgrims and Native Americans held hands, gratefully sharing grace and the abundant blessings of the first Thanksgiving.    

Forty five years later, I pause on purpose, honoring the wisdom I gathered those many years ago as a little girl, while cherishing the blessings and memories of each of the ‘Thanksgivings’ of my life.  The story of my family began over fifty years ago, when my parents were wed on Thanksgiving morning, in the home where my mother lived with her family. The space was sacred to my our family, my parents purchased the home a few years later from my grandparents to raise their family.   I smile, when I think of the love in my family home, especially when my five little brothers and I were little children.  With each year our family experienced change, our family grew larger with adoptions, marriages, beautiful children and now grandchildren and great grandchildren.  With all my heart, I embrace the belief: to experience love is truly the greatest blessing of life.  With the passing of my beloved grandparents and my amazing brother, I have been reminded what matters most in life…is my faith and the love of family. 

Our family has a beautiful tradition on Thanksgiving.  Before saying grace, we share our love of being present with one another as a family, honoring each other, our parents’ anniversary and remembering those who are no longer with us.  While holding hands as a family, each family member shares what they are most grateful for in their life…this experience of connecting our hearts and souls through sharing is one of my greatest joys and blessings of being a family.  I am gently reminded through our Thanksgiving tradition, a simple truth, the feeling of being love is what I love most about being a human being…

My calling, my purpose is simply to gently awaken grace… I learned my simple truth, words and calling by observing my beautiful, kind, compassionate and loving parents  my entire life.  I am who I am, blessed with New England common sense and huge heart f because of my parents simple and pure intentions and wisdom, to raise a family who loves each other unconditionally.  And we do.  I am humbled, blessed and grateful for the memories of my heart and soul…

I wish you and your family abundant blessings light, love and the gentle joys of Thanksgiving…

With gratitude, grace and love,

Mikki Lessard
Founder, Simply Grace


Mikki Lessard
Founder, Simply Grace

My intentions are pure and simple, my hope is to gently awaken grace, one soul at a time…

Simply Grace is a movement of kindness, compassion and love.  This is an invitation for women to connect to their inner beauty and essence while gently awakening their grace, sustaining life and moving in relationship. Women naturally create community and a divine sense of belonging.  They are led inwardly by love. It’s time to strengthen this gift and share it with the world.   

When we see with our hearts our intentions are pure. To be kind, to be compassionate, to be love. This is humanity at its very best.  This is simply grace…

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