It’s been awhile since I’ve sat down to write. Life has been very full, very good, and fast. I am still wondering how it got to be Thanksgiving so fast. I mean, didn’t we just celebrate this holiday? Time just keeps whipping by it makes my head spin! Anyway, Happy Thanksgiving! I know I say this every year, but Thanksgiving is such a favorite of mine! I love having family and friends join us for dinner. I love seeing everyone gathered around the table. I love listening to all the conversations. I love the food.
This year my Grands made the table covering for our table. It’s a large sheet of paper with painted foot/hand turkeys and funny jokes.
I love the energy and the time that was put into this; this makes my heart happy. I asked each of my Grands what they would eat for Thanksgiving dinner if they could have whatever they wanted. Not one of them said turkey, stuffing, or broccoli! Instead they all excitedly said things like “Candy, donuts, popcorn, hamburgers, spaghetti, and macaroni and cheese (from a box)” So, naturally, I decided that this year will be a year they will LOVE! The adults will get all the traditional favorites, but the kids get a special table with all of their favorites. It’ll be fun! I’m trying some new recipes for the adults this year, stuff like Herby Mushroom Croissant Stuffing, Maple Cream and Apple Butter Brie Cheese, Crockpot Turkey, and Crispy Parmesan Thyme Sweet Potato Stacks.
A very dear friend of mine got very sick this November. I wondered if she was going to make it, she was so ill. When she was younger she spent many a Thanksgiving with us, and it was always so fun. Now, she is 90 and hard things happen. She did recover this time, and I believe she recovered because of the many prayers for her. She called me today and we both felt very nostalgic when reminiscing about days gone by. We’ve had numerous conversations together, many beautiful memories, and I’d like many more.
My husband and I have been walking every evening, and even though it is starting to get chilly in the evenings our walks have been very nice. I like having the time with him. I know life is precious, and this is one way to create memories that mean something special. He is going to be celebrating his birthday soon, so is my son. I still am stunned that my son will be 20, again, where did the time go? I am so grateful for each day I have been blessed with, each family member and each friend. I have been given such a treasure! Our walks are nice as we are able to catch up on the events of the day and enjoy the crisp chilled air. The moon has been full the last couple of nights and it lights up the sky in a mystical way. Every time we go I feel a deep sense of gratitude for the beauty around me, the people I love, and the life God grants me.
We will be heading to CA soon; it’s our annual trip. This year our grand daughter will be going with us, and I’m super excited to have her along. I can’t wait to take her to Disney Land, as it’s a favorite place of mine, and to show her the beaches, and other fun things we do. She’s excited too. I am thankful for her, and her presence in my life.
As I think of all the Thanksgiving’s gone by, all the years of growing and changing, my children getting older and having their own families, the places we have gone, the good and the sad times, I am amazed at how good God is! I have not always walked close to Him, but He has always walked close to me. I have not always been thankful for the beauty in front of me, yet still God blessed me with it. I have not always seen His miraculous work, and His tender love, even so it was still there. This Thanksgiving I am very aware of the mystery of God’s love. His constant pursuit for relationship, and all the ways He has responded to me. What an awesome God! So, this Thanksgiving I wish you the best. I pray you are filled with the presence of His Spirit and you are able to see the wonder all around you. I pray you will have hope in more, courage in the trial, and love at all times.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING AND GOD BLESS!3