Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving

I sit here tonight full of excitement knowing that this time tomorrow, I will be with the ones I love celebrating Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving is a little different from years past. This year, loved ones are coming to our house to gather and feast. I have busied myself today making all the side dishes. It's nothing fancy, just all  the traditional favorites like green bean casserole, corn souffle, sweet potato casserole, and creamy mashed potatoes. My aunt is coming with cranberry sauce in hand, and of course the dinner wouldn't be complete without my mother-in-law's dressing. I will wake up tomorrow morning and make the turtle trifle, cranberry bog pie, and roast the turkey.

The table is set and ready for all of us to come together and give thanks. I loved every minute of setting the table because for the first time, I am using the china and silver that belonged to my aunt. There is going to be plenty of laughter, great conversation, delicious food and I can't wait.

I've been thinking a lot this week about all that I am thankful for. Really, it's been something that I have been trying to be more purposeful in throughout this last year - having a heart of thanks. Isn't it so easy to get caught up in the busyness and mundane activities of life and forget or tire of being thankful. I began looking around, at everything, and realizing that the little and ordinary things as well as the huge and significant can ignite a thankful heart.

So, with the approach of Thanksgiving tomorrow, I wanted to simply record just some of the things in which I am thankful.

The gift of salvation.

A house in which memories are made and grace is displayed. A house where fun happens, friends and family gather, and love is shared. A house where forgiveness and encouragement is given. A house that reflects His love. A house that we call home.


My husband and true soulmate. We couldn't be any different in personalities and things that make us tick. We have gone through so much and the one constant theme in our marriage is that we know very well how faithful God is. 


The truth that God knows our future and we can trust in Him completely.

Simple things like slippers, music, cozy quilts, and good books.

I am thankful that my children are walking in the truth.

A car that in spite of requiring major work this summer and costing us way too much, still runs and gets us where we need to go. 

My parents and in-laws who have given us a heritage of faith. There is no one who loves and supports us more than they do and I am so grateful.

That my mornings began with a phone call to my sister. I am also thankful for the precious, little voice of my niece who brightens my day just by saying, "hi".

Our church.

My new job.

Having the time and opportunity to pursue hobbies I love- riding horses, cooking, photography, reading, journaling and sewing. 

A transformed and revived heart.

That three wonderful children call me Mom. 

Happy Thanksgiving.


  1. What a beautiful table setting. And I love your list of things you are thankful for. Blessings to you.

  2. I want to hear more about this new job. :) And this table! shoudl be in a magazine! Beautiful! I want to come there from Thanksgiving!

  3. What a sweet post! I love your table, it is beautiful! I hope that your day is special.

  4. I hope you enjoyed each moment. Your table looks always!

  5. Beautiful table! I'm catching up, and so glad you have a new job, and that God is doing something in a direction for your daughter. He IS able - and I continue to pray for you as He brings you to my mind.

    Much love to you, friend~

  6. Christy!
    Your table is absolutely GORGEOUS! I anxiously await to hear about the memories made gathered around your Thanksgiving table! We do have so many blessings to be thankful for! I am thankful for you dear one! Thank you for sharing your heart w/ us!

  7. Great Thanksgiving post! We have some many blessings! Love your table and the menu! I teach part-time (Foods & Nutrition) and I'm having my students cook at home. One of the requirements is to have a "menu" for their meal. I'm so thrilled to see yours!

  8. Your table was just gorgeous. So excited for you with a new job and anxious to know more. Hugs to you Friend!


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