Monday, November 19, 2012


It seems as though I have been working towards this day for weeks now....maybe it's because I have, haha.  I had a BIG list of things I needed to do before we take off tomorrow for New Mexico to spend Thanksgiving with Melody and her family.  Their Christmas blanket is made...

Love the colors in this one...
Their Christmas coasters...

I thought the fabric was darling, and they are soo practical too!

Close up
And then every year for the last 4 or 5 I think we have given each family a personalized Christmas ornament, and then individual ones for the grandkids.  Here are Mike's & Mel's, and little Sam's...

I have such a good time picking out each family's ornaments...they are all different, so I will show the other family's later

Couldn't resist this one for Sam when I saw it as he is soo into Mickey right now..

And I did find a nativity soft book to make up for Sam though it is not a Mary Engelbriet, it is really good too.

Loved the colors

Tells the Christmas story really well.

And then this year we decided to get one of those books where your voice is recorded reading it.  This came out MUCH better than I had hoped for.  It is read by both Grandpa and Grandma and I am hoping they ALL enjoy them.  It was VERY fun recording this for some reason.  Here is Sam's...

Mickey and his friends for Sam

A look at the inside
Then of course their was the Christmas Mickey Mouse shirt, and the Mickey Mouse blanket for Sam I made as well, that I have already shown you.  We did manage to deck all the halls over here this week-end too.  Soo glad to have that all done as it will be nice to come home after our trip and have it all up ready to enjoy.  It was REALLY weird taking down my Thanksgiving and Fall decorations BEFORE Thanksgiving which was the very first time I have done that in my 38 years of marriage, haha.  But guess there is a first for everything.  I still have a little shopping to do, last minute laundry, and all my packing in addition to getting mom packed and over to my sisters's house.  Thank goodness my cleaning ladies come today so I am not adding that chore to my list too.

But what I REALLY wanted to blog about today was my reflections on this last year and how much I have to be grateful for.  And there is just sooo much.  I have been keeping a daily log on the side of this blog for the month of November, but it really just scratches the surface.  I just soo feel the Lord has so blessed me that at times I feel a little overwhelmed.  Everywhere we look, IN SPITE OF, the trials, sorrows, and troubles (and there have been many) the Lord's Hand is everywhere.  In the beauty of nature, cherished family and friends, and His peace, protection, grace, and mercy.  I want to wish everyone of you a wonderful Thanksgiving day, and may the Lord bless and keep you all!

Just wanted to thank you for all of your prayers for my niece Michelle and my sister and their family.  They are all sooo grateful!  Michelle is home now and recovering from her surgery and they are awaiting the appointment with the oncologist to learn about the next part of her treatment.  Your continued prayers are appreciated more than you can imagine.  I want to show you a picture of Michelle and little Jacob.  His little face says it all.

Such a happy boy!


  1. So good to see that picture! Little Jacob is adorable and there is joy on both faces!

    You've been busy and are about to be very, very busy. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your daughter and her family!

  2. Hi Debbie, As always your list of everything you do makes me feel very inspire me girl. I know this Thanksgiving will be so wonderful with Mel and family. I am still upholding Michelle and little Jacob reminds me of Sam. Hope you have a great day my friend.

  3. Have a safe trip your things are wonderful and I love those ornaments. They are so cute. You are so busy. I know you will have fun though. I am sure it will be a beautiful drive this time of year.

  4. My goodness, you will have that car loaded down for sure with all those goodies. What fun! Our company begins arriving any minute and the festivities will continue until Friday. Then I'll be at work on Christmas decorating. Travel safe and we'll look forward to hearing all about it. Blessings for the season!

  5. Such a great list of thanks Debbie. I had to smile at little Jacob, he is so adorable, and I know his mommy was happy to have him there.

    Drive safely and enjoy every single minute! :)

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. I always try to get personalized ornaments for my Ts, and you've reminded me to get mine ordered! Have a safe trip and wonderful time! Give your Sam a snuggle for me! ;-)

  7. Look at all those wonderful treasures and all made by the hands of a special, special grandmother and mother.
    You have been on my heart this season a fact I have even said, Lord you gave her a lot this if he didn't know, but I also said, "and she walked it out with such grace"

    You have because you have a personal relationship with the King of King and not just a religion.

    Thanks for sharing..and I will continue to pray!
    Have fun!!!!!!!!!

  8. it is an encouragement to me to see you list all the things you are thankful for despite what your circumstances are...helps remind me how much I am blessed despite what my circumstances may look like...we have that eternal shows in you.
    Your handiwork is lovely, you have been busy! I got one of those books when they were on sale last year, I have not recorded it yet but I like the idea of both husband and I recording...I hope you have a wonderful time with your daughter. Thanks for posting the picture of Michelle...will continue to be praying for her and her family

  9. I loved that picture of little Jacob and will keep his mommy lifted to the greatest Healer there is.

    I love what you've done for Christmas. I'm a "personalize it" kind of gal.

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots and lots of grandma time. I have't taken down the fall decorations yet, but come Friday... GAME ON.

  10. OH! Debbie, I am sitting here with tears of joy that you are able to spend this time with Melody, Michael, and Sam! Their gifts are so beautiful, I love gifts that are made with loving hands. The family ornament is priceless!!
    I rejoice with you over Michele's good news, and yes that precious little boy says it all. I loved your thankful thoughts that in spite of all the trials God's hand is everywhere! I absolutely know how true this is!!
    Blessings to you and your family on this most "Thankful" day.


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