Our Thanksgiving was good, as usual. It’s always fun when our family gets together. Believe it or not, I didn’t take all that many pictures today. I did not get pics of everybody, and some of our family wasn’t there. Holly…..Tammy asked me if we had worked out the custody agreement yet…..who gets you and Michael on what holidays. Today’s get together was held at Laurie’s house. It’s the same place we had Holly’s wedding shower last month.
Here’s a few pics. Bethany…..(the laughter was because she was pulling up her jeans leg to show off her fracture boot, and Laurie whistled at her.)
Brandon and Rachael………..and my oldest nephew, Jeremy, playing with the dogs. He is the son of my sister, Tammy.
My sister, Tammy, and Parker the dog………..
My sister, Laurie and Parker the dog (this dog is one camera hog….)
My nephew, Vance (yes, obviously adopted) He belongs to Laurie. He’s not legally adopted, but Laurie and Ricky took him in when he and their son, Adam were in high school. Vance did not get along with his own family, and he was best friends with Adam. He now calls Laurie and Ricky Mom and Dad. Last spring he graduated from University of Colorado, where he was a football player. He kept us entertained with stories of his various surgeries. He’s had about 10, because he frequently got injured playing football. They even replaced the joint in his left shoulder….twice.
And Bethany; my youngest sister, Heather; Rachael; and Tammy. I’m not sure what they’re up to, but it’s usually not good. Heather is the mother of Michael, who is getting married in 3 weeks.
Tired. Brandon and Rachael are having video game night at their house, so Justin and Beth are over there. I’m glad her idea of a fun night out is going to her brother’s house.
It’s a little after midnight and I’m still baking. The 3 pumpkin pies are done (I decided to make one extra) and the 2 pecan pies are in the oven. I have to get up early in the morning to put the dressing in the oven and let the rolls rise. We’ll probably have around 20 people for dinner.
While I was mixing up the pumpkin for the pies, Beth was standing beside me, holding Domino. I was cracking eggs and he was fascinated by the noise. Then he decided to get really comfortable. He thought he wanted some pumpkin, but when I tried to give him some, he turned his nose up at it. So did Beth. She does not like pumpkin. I told Steve we need to find her a husband that likes both pumpkin pie and coffee, just to drive her crazy.
Then Beth sat at the bar in the kitchen while I was making more pie crusts. I thought, “That’s so nice…she wants to be with her mom while she’s baking.” I should have known she wanted the extra pie crust I have to trim off when I put it in the pie pan
I got this today from the Family Research Council and thought I would share it. While we are being thankful for all the things we have, we need to remember to be thankful for those who are fighting to keep our freedoms. Please remember to pray for our military.
Continue in Prayer being Vigilant with Thanksgiving
This is the seventh year of war for us Americans and our British allies. Many of our peoples are war-weary. It’s understandable. We are grateful for good news for our country in Iraq. Attacks on our forces are way down. We can see substantial progress, especially in Anbar Province. Still, the daily reports come to us from the Department of Defense. Just this week, we learned that three more American warriors have laid down their lives for freedom. Let me share their names: PFC Marius L. Ferrero, 23, of Miami, Fla., Cpl. Jason T. Lee, 26, of Fruitport, Mich., and Cpl. Christopher J. Nelson, 22, Rochester, Wash. They are so young, so brave.
More than sixty years ago, Prime Minister Winston Churchill attended an American Thanksgiving service in the Royal Albert Hall in London. The year was 1944. The British, Canadian and American forces had stormed ashore at Normandy less than half a year earlier. They took heavy casualties on those beaches, and heavier casualties still breaking out of the Cotentin Peninsula. They were fighting across France, Belgium, and Holland. Churchill could not know then what lay ahead. The Battle of the Bulge would be fought in Europe’s coldest winter in a century.
He did not suspect that Hitler would wreak his vengeance once again on London with V-1 and V-2 rockets. Churchill liked Americans and he liked especially this very American holiday of Thanksgiving. As these English-speaking warriors gathered together to pray, he told them: “We are joined in this union of action which has been forced upon us by our common hatred of tyranny. Shedding our blood side by side, struggling for the same ideals, until the triumph of the great cause which we serve…Then, indeed there will be a day of thanksgiving, one in which the whole world will share.”
Our American Thanksgiving began with our Pilgrim fathers, to be sure. But our national holiday of Thanksgiving, often observed on a cold, gray day in November, was the result of Presidential Proclamation. First, from President Lincoln in 1863; then with President Roosevelt and the Congress, permanently fixing the date in World War II. So it is fitting that we acknowledge our thanks to God on this day. And remember those whose blood and sacrifice make it possible for us to do so in freedom. Many of them will eat their Thanksgiving dinner on metal trays, ducking incoming mortar rounds.
Paul encouraged Believers at Colosse to “continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.” (Col 4:2) With the Apostle word in mind I would like to encourage you to spend a few moments in prayer with your family and friends as you gather for Thanksgiving dinner. Pray for our men and women serving in our nation’s military. Pray for our leaders that they would make wise decisions that would honor the sacrifices made throughout the history of our nation. Pray for the pastors and priests of this nation that they would be as bold and courageous to defend truth here at home. Finally, pray that as Christians here in America, we will seek God and do our part to make this country a nation deserving of His divine protection. May God bless each of you. May you be surrounded by your loved ones. And may He bless all our valiant soldiers until that Day of Thanksgiving in which the whole world will share.