Thursday, November 28, 2013

Giving Thanks


Welcome to our home!  We are linking up to Linny's over at A Place Called Simplicity to share how we spend our Thanksgiving. 

Usually we are home, with our children, in-loves, and grandchildren coming every other year.  We have turkey with all the trimmings, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, plus a family specialty ~~Lime Pear Salad which is not really a salad at all, but has cream cheese, whipping cream, lime jello, pears, and pecans for ingredients!  We enjoy another family staple, lefse ~~a Norwegian potato flatbread, plus pumpkin, apple, pecan, and chocolate pies.  We set two tables to make it possible for 20 of us to gather.  We pray together, eat together, laugh together, and of course add in a little football on TV and games for everything to play.  There is an annual family touch football game outside too.  We also celebrate Christmas the day after Thanksgiving the years the family is home,  so it is a double holiday for us. 

We love Thanksgiving for many reasons....less pressure than Christmas.....focus on giving thanks.....and now as empty nesters it is the only actual holiday our children are here for.  But this is not their year to be home, so normally we would be here as a twosome.......and yet this year things have changed!  We will not be here for Thanksgiving, as we are traveling two hours north to Minnesota  to spend it with some of my family.  This includes my sister, Jo who helped raised me..  She suffered a mild stroke just 12 days ago and is already home, so we are giving thanks!
Sisters Jo and Jan
Family Football
Cribbage, and cards games here with the older grandkids

Our hearts are filled with so much joy this year because of how things have changed for us in past 18 months.  My health has improved to the point that for the first time in 10 years we are able to go together to church, to the store, to visit our children and their families in their homes, to family gatherings, and even to a conference on healing in CT which turned into a vacation traveling over 3,000 miles into 10 states.  ( I wrote all about it here)

We have so much to be thankful for.  And today I am giving thanks for Linny and all of you friends who visit our cyber homes.  God bless you!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Mindy said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Nice to "meet" you all! (Came here through Linny's blog.)


Randi said...

My husband's mother introduced me to Lefse' some 30+ years ago. Love it! Happy Thanksgiving!

lori said...

Love this and celebrate all the goodness and healing He has showered on you and your family. Thank you for all you do for the Knee team and your special encouraging words.

Mom Of Many said...

So grateful for you and your tender heart that welcomes us into your home and your life. I am so glad you were able to go North to see your sister and have some fun. What a gad-about you are becoming - Yippee Jesus! Happy Thanksgiving sweet friend!

Hanna said...

We in Australia don't celebrate Thanksgiving Day but I love hearing their thankfulness on the special day. Thank you for sharing your day. God bless you.

Hanna said...

We in Australia don't celebrate Thanksgiving Day but I love hearing their thankfulness on the special day. Thank you for sharing your day. God bless you.

Grandmabeckyl.blogspot said...

thanks for stopping by my blog today and posting a comment. I hopped over to see your blog. Nice blog and will come back again to read more. Now I need to finish my Black Saturday shopping post! God bless!