Good morning everyone! This week is my ultimate favorite week of the year – Thanksgiving Week! We all know I love food, but what I love most about Thanksgiving is spending time with my family. I know that sounds so cliché, but it’s so true and it’s importance to me is at a steady increase as the years pass. I love that there are no gifts attached to this holiday, and that we are told to eat around a table of people we love (or not love, I guess, but that’s not my case).
I have a short time before the baby wakes up this morning so let’s get this day off to a wonderful start! Grab your Joe!
Song of the Week:
Prayed For You
I haven’t heard anything else from this artist, but this song is a great song. I love the lyrics. I like listening to this while I’m just roaming around the house cleaning. If it were 75 degrees outside, I’d maybe think about blaring it with my windows down on the country roads – because I still do that.
What is your favorite thanksgiving food?:
The thing is, I really don’t like ham or turkey. I don’t really even like mashed potatoes all that well. Most of the time, I prefer stuffing from a box instead of out of the bird – I have a hard time mentally eating that stuff. I only like sweet potato casserole if it has a ton of brown sugar and melted marshmallows in it. So I guess I really don’t even go for the traditional turkey day food. I thoroughly enjoy the sides and desserts that people bring. I like to try new foods, and my family came from a long line of great cooks/bakers so my standards are set pretty high. Ha.
If I had to pick one food, I’d probably pick some sort of cranberry salad. I don’t mean the jelly cranberry salads either. I like the real stuff. I know, I’m kind of a food snob, but I blame it on my family’s good cooking/baking genes. It’s their fault.
Bible Verse of the Week:
My heart has led me to places I didn’t know were possible this year. I have an even stronger relationship with my God, my husband, my family, and my friends. Priorities have made themselves known, and would you imagine that darn kid of mine made the tip-top?!? She’s definitely a keeper. My heart grows bigger and bigger every time she smiles at me.
[I’d like to think moms have a place that big for any and all of their children, but I feel bad for my sister Hailey, because I was the first to smile at mom. And if she didn’t bribe mom with caffeinated drinks from Cabin Coffee, this race for “favorite child” wouldn’t even be close. Haha. Jokes. Just Jokes – promise. She probably does love her more; she the baby of the family.]
What’s your favorite thanksgiving dessert?:
NOT Pumpkin Pie
I want to like it so bad, but I just cannot get past the texture. I’d rather eat a tub of cool whip to one bite of pumpkin pie.
I love Pecan Pie or Dutch Apple Pie though! Did I mention that I have a mouth full of sweet teeth?
Quote of the Week:
“What God knows about us is more important than what others think.”
Tim Tebow has a point here, and one that I don’t think I need to touch on much. These words say it all. He is our creator, and he know’s more about us than anyone could even fathom. He knows our past and our future, and even our destiny – that’s just the way it is. And I love it! Do not let others dull your shine, it only hurts you in the end; life is too short to live it for someone else.
What is your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?:
Last year, my husband and I decided we would start a new tradition of stopping at the casino following Thanksgiving and play $50 on Black Jack, and once we were either up or out of that money we were done. I suppose this year wouldn’t be a good idea to leave baby girl in the car huh? Good thing grandparents like babysitting.
My favorite tradition is when I get to eat a pickle roll up before we start the meal, because I am convinced that my cousin makes them just for me. Bless you Donna! I don’t know what I will do when you decide not to put all that time and effort into your Thanksgiving side. Ain’t it silly that I get stoked about pickles, cream cheese, and meat? Easily one of my favorite foods.
What family member(s) are you grateful for this week?:
I am thankful for all of my family but this week I’m especially grateful for my great-grandparents. I know we come from a long line of ancestors, but they are the oldest generation of our family I knew. Without them, we wouldn’t be here today. I lost all but one of my greats before I could remember them; I lost my last great-grandmother when I was 24 years old.
I am thankful I got to spend time with my maternal great-grandma and get to know her. God bless her. She raised a wonderfully large family and started a tradition that allows all 100+ of our family members to spend time together at the same time and same place for this holiday.
That is all I have for you this week! Please, whatever you do this week, use it to appreciate your family, friends, loved ones, or even just each day you wake up. There are a lot of people who do not have family or homes to help in celebrating this holiday. In a world with a lot of tragedy between the fires, the shootings, the hurricanes, the homeless, the less fortunate, the lonely, be the person someone is thankful for this holiday season.
My prayers go to my family and friends who are remembering a loved one during this holiday. May they be forever a blessing in your life.