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.