Thursday, November 25

Happy Thanksgiving!

The turkey is in the oven, the sweet potatoes are mashed, and the bread dough is rising. The Parade is on in the living room, and much to Dustin's dismay...the Christmas music is playing in the kitchen. Yes, I know I am going all out for 4 people, and our families are getting together on Saturday. And, really I wouldn't have to do this. BUT...there is just something special about having a turkey in the oven on Thanksgiving day. Oh how I love the sounds and smells of the Holiday. Especially Thanksgiving.
This is my favorite time of year...Fall & Thanksgiving. However, I almost despise the holiday as well. It seems that Thanksgiving and Christmas have become such "materialistic" days, that we lose sight of what the days truely represent. I have already lost count of how many times I've heard Kadenn say "I'm bored". She desperately wanted me to entertain her. She couldn't sit still long enough to watch the parade. I guess that just goes to show that we have so much and do so much. When we have time to sit and relax and appreciate our blessings...we don't know how. It made me a bit sad. I gave her a project, and asked her to list 7 things she is thankful for(since she's 7 years old). We are all going to share our lists with each other at lunch.
Here are a few things I'm thankful for today (and everyday!!)
  • My family
  • My children & husband
  • My Faith in Jesus Christ!
  • Church family
  • A warm home
  • safety and good health
  • reliable vehicles
  • Dustin's job

...and the list goes on!

Blessings to you all this holiday season!


Victoria Utermoehlen said...

So ironic that I was thinking just last night about how stupid and materialistic we've made our holidays! So much so that I usually go through one day were I just want to sleep through the holidays!
Thanks for the reminder to sit back and chill....while you smell the delicious food.

And for the record, we've had christmas music on for going on 3 weeks! :)

Anonymous said...

enjoyed reading your thoughts on thanksgiving. Wise words! Rachel G

Anonymous said...

I totally agree with you Jerri. What has happened to "be still and know that I am God"? Too often I allow life to get in the way and forget to obey that verse. I've said to Daryl many times "I don't think Christ would want us to be so stressed out over celebrating His birthday", yet I find it hard to know where to draw the line and who to say "No" to when it comes to all the activities that go along with the holidays. Thank you for your inspirations! Rhonda