Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving (including this year's Thanksgiving hats)

I'm a wholehearted believer in the I Thessalonians 5 lifestyle - to be joyful always; pray continually; and give thanks in all circumstances - but it's undeniable that there are easier (and harder) times to live in gratitude. Right now it's so blessedly easy! A husband I adore, three amazing kids, one more princess on the way, a good job, a comfortable home, surrounded by friends and the Body of Christ. I deserve none of it, it is all the good gift of a God whose love endures forever.  And his love for me is unchanging - in good times and easy times and brutally heartwrenching times, his love endures forever.

This year, we had a quiet, lovely Thanksgiving with another transplant family from church.  Some traditions fell by the wayside since Steve's parent's weren't here to force them on us (read:  no oyster stuffing or sauerkraut) but the hallowed tradition of Thanksgiving hats endures! A little more subtle than last year's creations, Sam chose traditional pilgrim and indian hats to accompany this year's festivities.

We had a perfect Thanksgiving - fantastic company, incredible dinner (thank you, Steve!), and hearts full of gratitude. Oh, and Steve even managed to snag the last butter turkey at the grocery store during one of his many "this is really the last time I have to go out" trips to Smiths! A tradition perhaps even more precious than the hats, it is difficult to imagine a thanksgiving without the children fighting over who gets to decapitate the butter turkey.

We hope that your Thanksgiving was equally blessed.


China Dreams said...

Looks like a good time was had by all, and that you do, indeed, have many blessings to be thankful for.


MissM said...

And I'm thankful for your family and how you keep us updated with your blog!

Though I must say that I'm concerned by the recent increase in pictures involving Ben gleefully (maniacally?) wielding a knife. I'm sure he's just preparing for a future career as a surgeon, right??


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