Monday, November 1, 2010


Well, we have officially begun the month of November and I can really hardly believe it. It does seem like just a couple of months ago I was making all the Fall aprons and preparing for the last Thanksgiving dinner to ever be celebrated on Diana Crt. 25 years of Thanksgiving dinners were prepared and shared and enjoyed at that house. The memories that were made as we raised our family and watched them all grow and mature, won’t soon be forgotten. But it is time to enter a new season of our life, and time to create new memories and start maybe some new traditions to add to the old. As I said a couple of posts ago we won’t be going to Mel’s house as we had planned after all. However, (after recovering from my disappointment) I have decided to cook and spend the day enjoying any of my family who decides to come. My kids will ALL be enjoying the holiday with their various in-laws this year, which is something I tried to work out years ago that works well. To get them all on the same schedule, so that every other year we can all be together for the day was not easy to accomplish, but we did it. I will miss them all for sure, (especially those grandkids) but I do understand the need to share, haha. My parents will be coming for sure, and this makes my heart glad. Some of my sisters and their families “might” join us as well, but even if they do, there will be a lot less at the table this year. I want to try a new centerpiece, and I got some different (for me) scented candles. Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. I am not quite certain why. I guess it just seems like such an easy holiday, and yet carries with it such an important message. To give thanks to our mighty God for all He has blessed us with during the past year. This past year has been soo FULL of soo much, both good and hard. And through it all, the Lord has remained ever faithful. To count our blessings and praise our God brings with it a joy that is hard to describe. I feel like Jennifer from Smelling Coffee put it perfectly when she said, “Adoration of Jesus and gratitude to Him are automatic joy magnets for the heart. They move our focus from where it usually is, to where it needs to be.” I have just found this to be soo true. And so I am going to accept her challenge and keep a list that I will add to everyday of either praise or thanks for who He is or what He is doing in my life. I will keep it on the side of my blog as a reminder to me and for all to see who are interested.

Psalm 34:1-4 I will bless the Lord at all times, His praise shall CONTINUALLY be in my mouth. My soul shall makes it’s boast in the Lord, the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the Lord and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears…

I have always loved this portion of scripture and have heard it put to song as I am sure many of you have as well. I can still hear Pastor Chuck Smith singing this with his rich baritone voice as he lead the church in praise. I will try and make this my mindset during the month of November as I get my heart ready for Thanksgiving Day.

I was going to share my pics from last night of all the little cuties that dressed up and had such a good time trick or treating at my son's house, but I can't get the picture downloading thing to work on our computer as my husband changed some things on our computer and I am not sure how it is all working yet.  But the dinner my dil prepared was WONDERFUL as were all the goodies she baked.  I also have some "before" pictures of the wonderful cedar chest that my mom gave me that belonged to her grandmother.  I am having my brother refinish it all for me, and I am soo excited.  Hopefully I will figure this all out soon so you all can see.  In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful Fall day that the Lord has given us.


  1. My sweet friend, I love this post and I love your thankful heart. It is so important to us to stop and give thanks and praise to our most High God for all He has done for us. Adapting to changes within family can be difficult but I'm gonna pray the Lord blesses your socks off this Thanksgiving.
    Hugs today.

  2. Oh Debbie! I can relate to this post! I can't believe Nov. is here already! I look forward to Thanksgiving so very much and I pray the day is all you hope it will be! You are such a blessing to all your family and I know how hard it is to share!

    How wonderful to have a cedar chest passed down from gen to generation :) What a beautiful gift!

    Love and Hugs to you my friend

  3. I too love Thanksgiving, it just gives me that warm and fuzzy feeling. Especially when the day comes and I'm surrounded with family! Can't wait to see pics of the kiddos trick or treating!

  4. I love November is my first born's birthday month, as well as his well as the month I found out I was going to be a I found out!!!
    So it is a wonderful month of thanks!!

    I love all your ideas...I especially love hearing how everyone works with the is alway hard to not have our one married not here on a holidays...but we have them at other times and for that I am when that grandchild gets here it will be harder to share...LOL

    I love the new plans for your house...I have had to do that also, as well as be okay that even this place isn't permanent. your post as alway! What a wonderful month to enjoy our Nation and the goodness of God!

  5. Hi Deb,
    Yes, let us exalt His name together. I pray that your Thanksgiving table is full and that your heart is just as full that day. I can't imagine how hard it must be to not have your kids and grandchildren with you, but pray that God fills your heart to overflowing.

    I, too, love November....especially that Thanksgiving meal. I love the idea of keeping a 'thanksgiving" list and adding to it each day. I think I might just jump on that!

    Have a blessed day.

    In Christ,

  6. Good Morning Dear Debbie, A beautiful thankful post! We had to work out the same schedules with ours years ago, but they have now got their own families and we just enjoy them whenever they can come.
    I am still sorry about you not going to Mels, but she will be here for Christmas and that will be fun. I am hoping Susan and her family will come for Christmas. The boys say that they won't be able to make it. boo hoo.

    My dh has a saying that I have found to be so true! he says' Nothing stays the same!" lol.

    I am looking forward to you sharing the g-kids photos, and their fun night, you know me I love memories!! and the treasure you got from your mother.
    Enjoy your day.
    Much love ,

  7. Counting blessings... one by one. I don't have much else to do today but to marinate in the goodness of our God.

    Blessed thankful November; may the sentiment remain throughout the year.



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