Well, almost! Dan and Brianna had turkey at the DeLeeuw’s at lunch time, so I served stress-free duck and wild rice for dinner and put the turkey in the freezer to serve at Christmas when all the kids are home. It seemed pretty strange to have only six around the table tonight, but we lit a candle and had a very cozy time playing our “I’m thankful for…” game as always. Actually, Jon and Linda had skyped with us earlier and shared their blessings with us too. Linda looks just great with a basketball under her blouse. Alan tried to show off his stomach too, but none of us thought he could really win the belly-size competition!So, now the kids are in the midst of a hot game of Rook, and I thought Alan would want to toddle off to bed, but he’s decided to read his email, so I brought my computer into the living room so I could enjoy watching all my wonderful kids and reflect on God’s marvelous kindness to me over this past year. Beyond my glorious Lord and the joy of his love, I am thankful for the love of my precious family. I am especially thankful for the way Alan has come through his surgery and radiation treatments and how well he feels. I am incredibly thankful for my seven kids; I’ve been totally crazy about all of them since they were born, and I can’t tell you how much I’ve also enjoyed their mates (and all the new in-laws-in-laws) and children…and now the hopes of four more joining the family in 2012. I’m also deeply thankful for both Alan’s and my brothers and sisters and their kids, cousins, and all the fun of sharing life with them. Having a church family here in GR is also truly a heaven-sent privilege and a constant source of encouragement and blessing. No wonder the Lord tells us to love God first and then to love others. Is there anything that means more to us than those we love?
Happy Thanksgiving to you. The Lord has put it on my heart to pray for everyone who reads this little blog as well as anyone who happens to find it through a random word search. A cyber friendship isn’t nearly as deep as a two-way real live friendship, but I am thankful for each person whose life intersects with mine in a positive way. Thanks for sharing the pilgrimage of life with me. Please know that I would love to hear more from you any time! May God bless you, and I hope you’ve had a truly happy day of thanksgiving and celebration.
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise Him all creatures here below.
Praise Him above ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”