The Christmas celebrating seems to crowd out Thanksgiving. It gets earlier and earlier. I don't mind if others want to, but I LOVE Thanksgiving! It is probably one of my favorite holidays! So I won't begin Christmas until December.
Yesterday I went through this past year (used my Picasa photos to help me remember - much easier than re-reading my journals!) to think about how to thank the Lord for His goodness and His care for us in 2014.
.....recovery for Mom from her brain bleed
.....Dad's health improving
.....various trips overseas for the family - Jill and Hannah to help in a children's home in Mexico, Allen and Josh to Israel for a study trip, and a medical missions trip for Staci to Ethiopia
.....the recovery of some very sick children in our young mom's Bible study from HUS and E-coli
.....the arrival of a new worship pastor
.....a fun family trip to Dauphin Island
.....baptisms of 2 of my grandchildren, Hannah and Sophia
The list goes on.
On Thanksgiving Day, it was wonderful to have my parents over. With Dad's improving health, we were able to bring him to our home!
See the meat platter? Always, always, we do the Norman Rockwell turkey presentation thing. It is a family tradition that my parents and grandparents did. And we have continued.
But this year, I have been super busy with doing props for the production of The Christmas Birdie and with my time crunch, I purchased a Jennie-O turkey that is freezer to oven. Unfortunately, I did not realize this but I put the bird in the oven upsidedown!!! Ha ha!! Actually, the breast of the turkey simmered in lots of juice and it was probably one of the tenderest turkeys we've eaten, but it definitely was not presentation worthy. So we sliced it and put it on a platter with some sprial ham.
Of course, we have to insert a cross-eyed Sophie picture, as usual.
Using our china, means lots and lots of dishes to wash.
And I will soon be ready to celebrate Christmas. Just think, a month to celebrate the birthday of Jesus! Most people celebrate for 1 day, or perhaps some have a birthday week. But we get to celebrate His birth on earth for all of December!!