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Classics and days off

This morning I am watching classic movies with my kiddos and getting out some Christmas decorations 🙂  I love old movies and books!  So far we’ve watched “Sitting Pretty,” “Life With Father” is on now, and the original “Cheaper by the Dozen” last night.  “Gone With the Wind” was on the day before Thanksgiving 🙂  My girls love old movies too.  Max says he tolerates them, but secretly I think he likes them.

I love that they usually have large families.  They usually have moral lessons or at least show stupid behavior for what it is!

A good classic movie while baking, or decorating for Christmas makes it feel more like a holiday to me 🙂  And if it’s a movie made from a book all the better!  We read the book and then watch the movie!

I am thankful for mornings off to enjoy fun family movies as we decorate and plan our holiday season 🙂

 

Food!

Today I am thankful for food! 🙂  Readily available, clean, safe, food.  I don’t have to send my son to shoot us a turkey for dinner.  I don’t have to clean it.  I don’t have to work hard tending and harvesting a garden to store up for winter.  My potatoes, flour for pies, breads, veggies, meat all easily accessible at the local store.

No cutting ice in the winter to keep food fresh all summer.  No drying, smoking and salting to keep meat from spoiling.  I get to eat all of my favorite foods today, with minimal work.  (Even more so because I am only cooking potatoes, apple pie, gluten free stuffing, and gf chocolate pie:-) )

Happy Thanksgiving everyone, and as you sit down to your feast remember those who celebrated the first Thanksgiving and the amount of work they had to do to survive that first winter!  I am thankful they were adventurous and brave.  I am thankful my life is easier than theirs was, although some may just think I’m lazy 😉

God bless you all today as you remember all your blessings!

Psalm 100:4  Enter His gates with thanksgiving, And His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him; bless His name.

Celebrations

I am thankful today that we have celebrations.  In the OT God told the Israelites to set aside days to remember and celebrate-feasts.  I think He knew we would get caught up and forget if we didn’t set aside a specific time to remember.

I love that we can celebrate Thanksgiving, and remember how blessed we are.
Christmas and remember what a gift to the world Jesus is.

Birthdays, when we can celebrate each person and how grateful we are to be a part of their lives.

Valentine’s day, and I know this is mostly a contrived holiday but it is fun to take a day to ensure that those you love know they are special.

July 4th, when patriotism reigns.

Father’s and Mother’s day.

Memorial day and Veteran’s day.

Ideally we would each day let the people we love know how much we love and appreciate them, and we would honor others.  The reality is we get distracted by bills, jobs, chores, school, and we need these celebrations to help us put our eyes  back on the important things.  I’m thankful we have “feasts” to share with others and celebrate!

 

Music

I love music!  I’m not musical at all, don’t play an instrument, don’t think I sing well, can’t dance, but I can enjoy it! 🙂  I love that music can lift me up when I’m down, inspire me, get me in the mood to celebrate.

I typically avoid Christmas music until after Thanksgiving but this year I caved and we have already started listening to it.  I love that it helps me focus on the real reason for the season.  I love that even though it’s warm outside I can enjoy the thought of snow.

I love dancing with my girls to Wii dance party music.  They enjoy beating me! 🙂

I love when we are riding in the car and girl music comes on the radio and my girls and I crank it up and sing and my son rolls his eyes and asks to change the channel 😉

I love a song that has words that challenge me and inspire me to do something.   Or remind me of a truth.

I love that a song can take me back in time and bring up a long forgotten memory.

Music is what I am thankful for today 🙂

 

A full heart

I am thankful today for my newly 12 year old daughter, Rebecca 🙂  She is in her last preteen year! 😦  How did this happen?  One year from today, Lord willing, I will have 3 teenagers!

I was remembering last night, the day of her birth.  She is such a blessing.  I’ve blogged about her before so I’ll spare you the repetition, but I absolutely adore her! 🙂

We celebrated her day with a family game of rummy over a breakfast of gluten free blueberry buckle muffins, her choice.  Then we went to an amusement center for a go cart race.  She won!  She and her dad had a special lunch date of Greek food, then they checked out the ipad mini at the Apple store.  She’s been saving her money since Christmas for her next big purchase.  We’ll go buy it on Wednesday 🙂  She’s excited!

Then she and her siblings and some friends all decorated her cake, and played more cards.  We had friends over for an italian feast of salad, garlic bread, and lasagna (with appropriate items gf 🙂 ).  Then cake and gifts, complete with a “snowball” fight of tissue and wrapping paper.

Her youngest guest was 20 months and her oldest in his 50’s and a bunch in between.  I love that her favorite people are all ages.

She received some gifts that were perfectly suited to her 🙂  She’ll be crafting and creating in the next few weeks!

A great way to spend a day, celebrating a special girl.  I’m thankful for a full heart tonight, and for my sweet Rebecca!

 

People

I am thankful today for people.  People who love my children when they don’t have to.  People who are willing to give of their time, investing in the future, for free.  No pay, no reward, no recognition, just serving sometimes daily, sacrificially.

This afternoon we attended the end of the season football banquet.  There were about 10 coaches recognized for their time involved in the program.  Ten men who give daily, in the heat of the Florida sun, to boys who aren’t always respectful, who don’t always show up, who sometimes don’t want to be there.  Ten men who are not all paid to be there, but all were  there to make a difference in the lives of the 40 or so boys that play on the teams. Who spoke of winning in life, not just on the football field.  Whose desire it is to see those boys become godly leaders of their future homes, and communities.  Whose goal is it to train these young men in the Word of God, and in how to deal with life’s adversities.  Men who walk with them, and talk them through their struggles and remind them to be humble in their victories.  Men who care most about whether they’ve read their Bible and what they learned from it.

It reminded me of all of the people who give and invest to my children.  The teachers who faithfully teach Sunday school, some twice a week!  Who plan and prepare a lesson voluntarily.  Who love and get to know my children and bless them by loving on them week after week.

The ladies and men who serve with them in their various volunteer opportunities.  People who are mentoring them and teaching them.  People who create opportunities for them to serve in.  Who look for ways to involve youth in service.

People who are like family to them, when they don’t have “relatives” nearby.  Who love them and treat them like they do their own sons and daughters, nieces and nephews.  Who celebrate their achievements and sympathize with their disappointments.  Who love them not because they should but because it is truly from their heart.  We are so blessed to have such amazing people in our lives.

Pastor Bob shared this morning that a tree standing alone is more vulnerable to a storm than a tree in a forest.  In a forest the trees offer each other shelter.  We are not meant to walk this journey of life alone.  We are like trees, stronger when we have each other.  I know my family is stronger because of the people God has surrounded us with and I am thankful today for those blessings!

Laughter

Good deep belly laughs, goofy giggles, tears running down your face, going to pee your pants kind!  I love laughter.

Proverbs 17:22 says, “A joyful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.”  A joyful life is filled with laughter.  The ability to laugh at yourself, laugh with others, laugh in spite of yourself.  All good!

I love the laughter between my kids.  I love laughing at my kids, in a good way 🙂  When they are joking around, when they are being serious but don’t realize just how funny they are.  When they are doing something together that just brings a smile to my heart.

I love laughing with family.  Sometimes this means laughing at family 😉 I love when everyone gathers for a holiday and the joking begins.

I love laughing with friends.  Relaxing and enjoying good company.  I think laughter and tears are two bonding elements in life.

I am thankful that even after 17 years of marriage, my husband can still make me laugh.  🙂  I love the laughter he brings to my life.

My grandmother used to have a quote about laughing so you didn’t cry, I can’t remember it exactly.  She also said the more you cried the less you would have to pee, but I laugh until I cry and then worry I might laugh so much I’ll wet myself! 😉

If you ever get a chance go see this lady, she can make me laugh like no other!

So even though I’m a day late, I am thankful for laughter! Imagine the world without it, and you will appreciate it’s power too 🙂  Sorry I didn’t post yesterday.  We had a busy day and then I went to bed at 7:30, fighting a cold.  Of course now that means I’ve been up since 4 am!  Don’t laugh, it’s not funny!