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Thanksgiving 2017

IMG_7617wmIt has been 9 years since we got to spend Thanksgiving with my side of our family. My parents hosted the day at their new home…just down the street. We contributed dessert…made mostly by my kids. And, it was so fun to see these cousins playing together and enjoying each other!

“Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His steadfast love endures forever!”
~Psalm 107:1 (ESV)

Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours.

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Thankful

“Thanksgiving isn’t a holiday to be observed, but a lifestyle to be practiced.” ~R.C. Sproul Jr.

This year…we had a little extra someone to be thankful for:

This little guy sure enjoyed his first Thanksgiving!!

We spent the day with Jason’s family…

Titus, Grampy, & Daddy

Titus got to meet his Great-Grammy!

4 Generations: Titus, Great-Grammy, Grammy, Daddy, & Hannah

Uncle Don & Aunt Lorrie

This is how Hannah spent most of the day…

So very thankful for this sweet girl too!

Well, when she wasn’t doing this…

Puzzles with Uncle Don

Or this…

Legos with cousins, Jordan & Zach

We ate (lots!) of yummy food:

Somehow, I only got a picture of the desserts…

It was a wonderful day.

But, we missed the rest of our family too…

Grandpa & Grandma

Auntie Jo

Grandpa & Granny

“Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name!  For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.” ~Psalm 100:4-5 (ESV)

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Thankful Thursday

November is one of my favorite months.  And, yes, as I sit to type this, I am sipping my afternoon coffee out of a pumpkin-shaped mug…

I love that it is finally beginning to feel like Fall.  I love that the “scary-face pumpkins” (that is what Hannah calls jack-o-lanterns) and skeletons have disappeared from store shelves and front lawns.  Of course, they are being replaced with Christmas trees and Santa…. On Monday – October 31st – there were men putting up a fully decorated Christmas tree in the parking lot of our grocery store.  October!

Have we really become so selfish and consumer-minded that, aside from the gluttony (yes, I said it!) and over-indulgence of “Turkey Day” (Ugh.), we can simply overlook Thanksgiving?

I hope not. Thanksgiving is one of the things I love about November.  I love that there is a dedicated time to intentionally reflect on all that we have been given, all that the Lord has graciously done for us, and in us… And to realize that we don’t deserve any of it.

So, we will be enjoying the Autumn-themed decorations for a few weeks more.  And, I love that my fall decorations are constant reminders to be thankful!

(This picture is from last year…I have yet to take one for this year!)

In Novembers past, I have attempted to post about something for which I am thankful each day.  But, this month, I am going to do something a little different.  I am joining with some others and dedicating Thursdays in November (and perhaps beyond) to thankfulness.

I realize that this practice of “counting your blessings” has become something of a fad in pop-Christian-culture recently.  But, contrary to what current trends, mommy-blogs, and the bookstores might try convince you, this concept is not new.  It was not created in some best-selling work of human prose.

“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.”
~Psalm 9:1-2 (ESV)

Today’s list of thankfulness:

  • Regular kicks, movements, and hiccups…precious reminders of my son’s constant presence.
  • Modern medicine and technologies.
  • Though brought on by symptoms that I would prefer not to have experienced, and concern for his well-being, I am thankful for another glimpse of our son…as he is growing, and being “knit together.” (And, thankfully, yes, at this point, all is well!)
  • Generally good health, and a fairly uneventful pregnancy.
  • Reminders, difficult though they may be to accept, that I am only human.  And, that I need to slow down, and to ask for help…occasionally.
  • Friends and family who are ready and willing to help.
  • Pumpkins.
  • Cooler temperatures.
  • Coffee and hot chocolate time with my sweet girl on a chilly, fall afternoon.
  • The joy of reading realized…the reward of hard work and perseverance.
  • School days…and learning that continues, even when mommy can’t.
  • The generosity of new friends…who show up at your door with buckets of baby clothes for our little boy!
What are you thankful for today?

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Baby’s First Picture

We had our first ultrasound yesterday…

We got to see our little one.  And we got to hear baby’s heartbeat!!

Baby measured exactly where he/she was supposed to (8 weeks 3 days), confirming our due date of February 6th, 2012.

We are praising the Lord, for this good report, and for this precious little life!!

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Giving Thanks

I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the LORD!”
~Psalm 122:1~

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I realize that I have already mentioned our new church (more than) a few times.  But, you may as well get used to it…because I assure you, you will be hearing it again…and again.

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I do not say this flippantly, or because it is what I, as a pastor’s wife, am “supposed to say.”  Nor do I want to be repetitive to the point where it loses all meaning (to me, or to you).  But, each week, each time we are with members of our new church, whether as part of a corporate, formal worship service, or in more informal times of fellowship, I am struck by how blessed we are to be a part of this particular body.

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So, at the risk of sounding a bit like a broken record (again), this week, I am incredibly thankful…

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…to be surrounded by like-minded men and women who love the Lord…

…who have  been through difficulties – in life, or in ministry – and are still shining testimonies of joy and grace…

…who prize God’s Word…

…to be led by men who take seriously the calling to teach it…

…and do so with passion!

…for simplicity…

…for the blessing and celebration of new lives…

…for genuine fellowship…

…and lingering conversations, well after the end of services…

…for the gift of hospitality…

…for laughter shared with new friends…into the wee hours of the night…or, rather, the morning!

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I am what some would call a pessimist.  I typically see the glass as half-empty.  So, you’ll just have to trust me when I say that I realize that this church is not perfect (none are).  It has its own set of challenges, and issues, and struggles.  But, even so, I am so thankful that God has called us to this place, to be a part of this church, with these people.

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