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Thanksgiving Recap

Hello Friends! I hope that  ya’ll had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I thought that today I’d share with you what my family and I did to celebrate the holiday!

An Early Celebration

Our family did our own little Thanksgiving Celebration the last Saturday in October. We decided to kick off the holiday season with a turkey and all the fixings with just the five of us.

Breakfast TableWe had a really relaxed morning and a big breakfast.Pumpkin Smoothies We made pumpkin smoothies (that actually tasted like pumpkin as opposed to bland squash…) (: We had waffles with real maple syrup (which was really good). I was really surprised at how much of a difference there was between the 100% maple syrup and the stuff that we used to buy at the store. The real stuff is much thinner and sweeter.

Dog waiting patiently

She’s waiting very patiently…

We even gave Trinity her own small waffle with peanut butter–she loved it! Do any of you eat your waffles or pancakes with peanut butter?

Dog eating a peanut butter waffle

She devoured it in minutes…

We had some errands to run that afternoon (that no one really wanted to do) but we made it fun buy listening to an audio story while riding in the car. Once we got home and planted our trees we made a big dinner and then ate it together by lantern light. It’s the perfect way to kick off the holiday season!

Our 2nd Thanksgiving

Crazy Family Sign

This sign fits our family perfectly! (:

On Thanksgiving Day, we were up early and headed north to spend the day with my Mom’s family. For the last few years now we have been bringing noodles to the dinner. We cook them in the Crockpot on the way North. (:

Cooking Noodles_with textDespite leaving a little later than we planned we were able to make our own breakfast sandwiches and we still got there early and were able to help with some of the finishing touches.

Thanksgiving Dinner 2017

All of us eating together…There were 23 of us this year! (:

I was thinking about how blessed I have been over the years. Our family was once again able to gather together to celebrate the holiday. There are 5 different “families” in our family. Each of them carved out this day to celebrate together. Some of the cousins are now older and either in school or working and living on their own (or some variation of the two). But whenever the Holidays come around they still make the time to come pop in and eat a good meal with their family. This year a couple of the family members had just gotten off of work before we ate dinner. I was thinking earlier how easy it would have been for them to just go home and sleep and eat leftovers later in the day (I mean the best part about Thanksgiving is all the left overs, right?). But they didn’t. They came and helped carve the turkey and eat the meal with us.

We ate dinner together and then chatted and visited with everyone while making crafts. After craft time we helped tidy everything up and then headed home.

Our Family

Thanksgiving Day 2017

 

What did you do to celebrate Thanksgiving? I’d love if you shared about your holiday in the comments below! Be sure to come back on Thursday for a creative twist on some of your favorite holiday movies!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Thanksgiving Blessings! (:

Hello everyone! I hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebrating with family and friends. I wanted to mix things up a little bit this week and share a few Thanksgiving related blessings with you all today.

1) Spending Thanksgiving with family

Thanksgiving Dinner 2017We spent the day in Northern Ohio with my Mom’s family to celebrate Thanksgiving. I’m thankful that we have nice vehicles that make traveling easier and more convenient. I’m grateful that we had safe travels there and back–we didn’t have any flat tires like last time. 😉 I’m thankful that despite our busy lives we still make time to get together to celebrate the holidays. I’m thankful for the memories that we make every year and the time that we get to spend together.

2) Rest

We’ve been fairly busy the last several weeks. I’m thankful that we’ve been able to rest today. We had some errands to run this morning but then we were able to come home and make a nice breakfast and watch one of our favorite Christmas movies– Disney’s “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Honestly, there was time when I didn’t necessarily like kicking off the Christmas season by watching that movie. But over the last year or so I couldn’t think of a better way to start the season. I love the reminder that It’s not the gifts under the tree that make Christmas, Christmas; it’s our faith in Jesus and what He did for us and those we share the day with that make Christmas, Christmas.

3) Watching the sun rise

We had to get up at 6:00 to make sure that we were able to get all of our errands run in a timely manner. One of the things that I actually enjoyed about getting up before the sun today was getting to see the sun rise. We took the back roads that we’re less busy and it was really neat to sit there, sipping hot chocolate/coffee, listening to Christmas music watching the sun rise.

What are some of the Thanksgiving blessings that you have noticed in your life this year? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below! Have a great weekend!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Thanksgiving Traditions!

Cooking the meat

Cooking the meat! (:

I talked earlier in the month about how quickly our seasons of life change. No one time in our lives lasts forever. And as the seasons of our lives change so will the way that we celebrate different holidays. So, today I thought I’d share with you some of our different Thanksgiving traditions over the years.

Up until about 2012 our family would alternate holidays with different sides of the family. If Thanksgiving was with my Mom’s family that year Christmas was celebrated with my Dad’s family. And vise-versa.

The years that we celebrated Thanksgiving with my Mom’s family we would go up to this teeny-weeny town in northern Ohio called Sherrodsville to my Great Grandparents house. Most all of the family would be gathered in this house (up to 22 of us depending on the year). Then some of us would help put the finishing touches on the meal while we talked and visited with each other. We would eat dinner and then the adults would talk and watch football and the kids would play.

Some of my favorite memories of our time there was walking into the house when we got there. It would be nippy and cold outside but once we all got out of the van we would be able to smell the wood burning stove that was always going this time of the year. We would walk into the basement and then up the stairs to be greeted by whichever family was there at the time. The cousins that were still in diapers at the time were quickly stripped down to just their diaper and the rest of us cousins would sometimes put on shorts because it wasn’t uncommon for the house to be 80° or more. We’d eat dinner at 1:00 and then we would talk, visit, or play and then about 4 or 5:00 when we would get hungry the mothers would always say, “There’s plenty of food. Fix yourself a plate now because I’m not making dinner when we get home.” So, we’d eat again. Everyone that came was sent home with some food. A pie, some turkey or the fixings. We just divided what was left among everyone.

If we spent the year with my Dad’s family my Grandparents would come up and we would make Thanksgiving Dinner at our house. Each of us kids would be in the kitchen helping to prepare the meal. We’d have the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on T.V. and get the turkey on. We would take the day kind of easy.Once we ate dinner we would tidy up the kitchen and then watch Disney’s “How The Grinch Stole Christmas”.

A New Season…

After my Great-grandparents passed away in 2010 and 2012 we outgrew all of my aunts houses and  my grandparents decided to rent an indoor shelter for the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ll eat dinner together and then some of us will play board games. Somehow most of the guy cousins will go outside and manage to get muddy doing something. My Grandma is very crafty, so she’ll bring a few of her craft supplies and some of us will make a craft. All while chatting and visiting with each other.

With my Dad’s family we now have a combined Thanksgiving and Christmas celebration (I like to think of it as a Thanks-mas) at some point between Thanksgiving and Christmas. We’ll have a big meal and then exchange Christmas gifts and watch a Christmas movie or two.

As time goes on things change. And that’s okay. There are still so many things to be thankful for and new memories to make each year.  I hope that each and everyone of you have a very Happy Thanksgiving! What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving memories or traditions? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below!

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Preparations…

Cookbooks and BibleThanksgiving is officially ONE week away! Family will be coming into town and we all will be celebrating and visiting and eating a lot of good food. I’m sure that for many of us preparations are underway. Menus are being laid out, Calls are being placed to out of town family, reservations are being made, and last minute grocery store trips are just getting started.

As we all get ready for the big day I’d like to remind you (and myself) that even though life is a little hectic and busy right now we need to remember to prepare our hearts.

Thanksgiving is one day of the 365 days that we have in a year that is set aside for giving thanks. But giving thanks shouldn’t be reserved for just one day of the year. It’s something that we should be doing day in and day out. Regardless of how busy life gets.

We need make sure that our priorities are in order. We need to keep spending time with God each day and thanking Him for our blessings.We need to be asking Him what He wants us to do with the day that He has given us.

Reading and thinking on His Word as well as praying will provide the direction that we so desperately need during this busy season. It will allow us to see beyond our circumstances and what we deem “important”.

This Thanksgiving lets remember to prepare our hearts to give thanks to the One Who gave us everything. Amid the hustle and bustle of the coming season lets make every effort to keep Him first.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Thanksgiving Poetry

Give Thanks Ensemble

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Hey ya’ll! I’ve got a bit of news to share with you today. Thanksgiving is (at the time of this writing) 8 days, 12 hours, 42 minutes and 28 seconds away! Can you believe it? Where did this year go? It seems to have gone by SO fast. I guess they were right to say that the older you get the faster time goes.

So, with Thanksgiving being so close I’d like to share a bit of Thanksgiving poetry with you today!

The Father up above
H
olds us close
A
nd
N
ever lets us go. He
K
eeps us
S
afe
G
iving us
I
mmeasurable blessings and
V
ictory
I
n Jesus
N
ow we need to
G
o and tell the world!
**Matthew 28:16-20

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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Showing gratitude or taking for granted?

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.”
~ James 1:17

Winter CoatI’ve noticed that there are SO many blessings in my life that I’ve taken for granted over the years. Simple things that I’ve not realized I was blessed to have.

Take for instance a winter coat (I have 4 thick jackets upstairs hanging in my closet). There’s many many people in my own back yard that don’t even have one!

Warm hats and gloves and scarves are another. We have hats and gloves to match pretty much every outfit combination you can think of. But there’s somebody out there that doesn’t have a warm hat or gloves.

We often complain that we don’t have “snack-y foods” in the house. But, we do have food. Healthy meats and veggies. I don’t have to worry where my next meal is coming from. I just have to go down to the pantry and pick it out. Many people don’t know where there next meal is coming from. And I sit here complaining about a lack of snack foods?!?

My Dad has been working long hours lately (longer than normal). Sometimes by the time he gets home at night we only get to see him for an hour or so before it’s time for bed. But there’s thousands of people that haven’t seen their loved ones in years because they’re off fighting to protect this great county that we call home. But I get to see my Dad every night, every morning and on the weekends. I’m learning to be thankful that he has a job as there are many people who would love to worry about working late or to even work at all.

I guess all I’m trying to say is that yes, there are things that we want and things that we need. God knows what we need and provides that for us. Who am I to complain about that black coat not matching my outfit when I have so much more than so many others this time of the year?

Why is it that we only notice our neighbor’s need when the air gets cold and the holidays are upon us? Why don’t we look to bless them all year long? Why don’t we thank God for all of the things that He has given us everyday instead of just on Thanksgiving?

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

 

 

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Season of Giving

“…And remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’
~Acts 20:35b

Food BasketThis time of the year we are encouraged to take note of the blessings that we have and to give thanks to God for all of the things that He has given us.

Giving thanks to God is essential for us as Christians. We are even commanded to give thanks in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18). But I think that sometimes amid all the hustle and bustle of the season we forget to give. 

This time of the year we are often reminded of the need of those around us. Those who are less fortunate than ourselves. So, as we give thanks to God for all of the blessings that He has given us why don’t we give a little to those who need it most.

I encourage you to take a look around your local community for ways to give to others this Holiday Season. There are so many service opportunities in our own back yards if we just take the time to look. Start with your local church and see if there is a food pantry, Holiday basket or Holiday meal that you could donate to. Then take a look around your community for a soup kitchen or shelter that may be in need of a few extra volunteers. Donate to a local food pantry, or buy gifts for a local children’s shelter.

Remember that serving and helping those less fortunate doesn’t just involve material things. Sure, those things are important but don’t ever underestimate the gift of a helping hand or a smile.

While your out doing your shopping make sure to greet those around you with a smile. It’s always nice to run into a friendly individual amid the craziness. Let someone that looks a little stressed go through the checkout line first. Hold the door open for a stranger and tell them Happy Thanksgiving or Merry Christmas.

Take some time to go visit someone that’s a little under the weather or elderly. Just sit and chat a while–you’ll be greatly blessed by the stories and insight that they may share. Give someone that looks a little down a hug.

Sometimes it’s the smallest things that make the most difference. Don’t ever think that you don’t have something to offer. You were made by a loving God and He has given you something that can help someone. Find what it is and use it to bless someone this Holiday season!

What are some other ways that you can think of to serve this holiday season? I’d love for you to share them in the comments below.

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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The Art of Creation

“To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose
under heaven”
~Ecclesiastes 3:1

Fall Lamp PostOne of my favorite things about this time of the year is the changing of the seasons; watching Summer colorfully fade into Autumn.

Seeing the leaves change once again this year reminds me of the seasons of life that we go through. Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 tells us of the different seasons of life that we go through. Birth and death. War and peace. Sadness and laughter. With each different season that we go through brings it’s own set of joys and trials.

We wonder if some seasons will ever end or if those seasons that we long to experience will ever begin.

Something that I think we so easily forget in the daily grind is that life goes by so fast. “…For what is your life? It is a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” (James 4:14). The amount of time that we spend here on this earth is so little compared to the amount of time that we will spend in eternity.

The seasons of life that we go through are all temporary. They won’t last long (despite what it feels like some days). That fussy baby that just wants to be held all day long won’t always want to be held and cuddled. In just a few short years that child will want to be off playing with their friends instead of snuggling on the couch with you. The way that your family is functioning right now isn’t how it’s always going to be. Children grow up and move on to lives of their own much more quickly than we’d like.

That’s why it’s SO, SO, SO important to EMBRACE that season of life that you are in right now with all of it’s crazy busy long nights. There is joy to be found in every day if we just take a second to look around and see it.

“In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”
~1 Thessalonians 5:18

Giving thanks to God for EVERYTHING, even the trials that we face helps us to be able to see things from His perspective. It reminds us that there is more to this life than the hard times and that we have joy in Him because we know how it’s all going to end. We know that no matter what goes on in this life we have the hope of an eternity with Jesus.

“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
~2 Corinthians 4:18

Until next time,

Bailey Sue

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