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Thanksgiving Next Week Already?

16 Nov

Thanksgiving next week already?


I remember as a little girl that my Mom would tell me to quit wishing my life away!  Christmas would just end and I would wish spring would hurry up and arrive. Then, of course, I wanted summer to arrive so that we could swim and fish.  When summer rolled around I would wish for Thanksgiving and Christmas again.  When I was young, I would always wish for something else instead of enjoying where I was. This was my Mom’s point she wanted to make to me.  Time was ebbing away quickly and that I needed to enjoy life now, stop wishing for future happiness, find it now.

When I was a young girl, I had no concept of how fast time would fly by, even though my mom’s wisdom kept trying to slow me down.   However, now that I have been married for thirty-six years, have two boys, both growing up entirely too fast on me, I now try to savor every day!  And yes, here we are preparing to celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday again already!  It’s difficult to understand how fast this year has gone by.

You know life just happens at warp speed!  We are but vapors on this earth!  I now know because of what I’ve experienced in life that it is so important to enjoy the little everyday events because when you are older and reflect, those seemingly little events were the most significant, meaningful, events that make up our lives!

So, may I gently suggest, take my Mom’s advice.  Stop wishing your life away! Get about enjoying your journey now!  Stop and breathe in today and its seconds, minutes, and hours, because there is someone right now at the end of their journey on earth and the only thing they have left are their wishes!

So yes, Praise God Thanksgiving is here again!  I am thankful and so grateful that I have another year to spend with my family and friends and that I have a good life that I am living now!



A Heart to Serve!

8 Nov

A Heart to Serve!

As long as I could remember, I literally served others.  I don’t say that like I’ve sacrificed something to do it.  I say it because that is who I am!   A sweet memory about my parents comes to mind as I think about serving others.  My parents and our neighbors, who were great friends, would get together on the weekends when I was just a little girl.  I think I was around nine years old.   They would play a card game called Canasta.  They played way up into the night, and I would stay up until I could barely keep my eyes open, but in order for me to stay awake I would volunteer to serve them water, soda, and coffee.   I never done it grudgingly, for it truly was my pleasure and it brought me joy. Both my parents are with Jesus now, so I love to think about memories and times when I truly served my parents as they sacrificed so much for my five sisters and me.

People who know me intimately will sometimes tease me by calling me a mother hen.   It probably is a good name, because it is how God made me to be.   I nurture and I feel that I am anointed to do it. It seems I’ve always mothered, but what was ironic was that when it came time for me to actually want to become a mother, my husband and I couldn’t have children right away.   As a matter of fact it took us a really long time.  We actually were married twenty years before we conceived and had our first child and then four years later our second son was born.  Let me just say this as a smile comes to my face, if you weren’t a servant before you had children, you quickly become one.

What brought up the idea of this blog post was the fact that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away.  This is a time when I try to go all out! When I prepare our Thanksgiving meal, I labor to put my heart into making a feast fit for a King!  I usually have a house full of family and friends.  I honestly love it! With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to reflect upon gratitude and how fortunate that I am that I have the opportunity to serve my family and friends, yes and even strangers with a servant’s heart! As I write this, my thoughts go to a couple of wonderful friends that I love who sadly will no longer sit at my table for Thanksgiving meals.  I thank God that before they went to be with Jesus, that I gave them something that I was honored to be able to give to them.   I am not trying to be boastful or have false humility about what I do.    The point I am trying to make is that Jesus said that the servant who seems to be the lowest sometimes on the list by the world’s standards, is the greatest in the Kingdom of God! If I serve people with gladness, then I have pleased my Father in Heaven, and so I am overjoyed!

I send blessings to all who have taken the time read this.  I hope that you have a wonderful season of Thanksgiving!


Thanks Giving Adventure!

29 Oct

Thanks Giving Adventure!.

Thanks Giving Adventure!

29 Oct

Thanks Giving Adventure


As I begin writing my blog today, I realize that Thanksgiving is coming up very quickly! For many Thanksgiving is a time set apart with their families as they partake of a bountiful meal. They all may express what they are thankful for! I love this tradition as well and usually have a crowd of family and friends at my house every year for Thanksgiving.  However, along with the old traditions, I wanted to start a new tradition with my family leading up to Thanksgiving Day! So I declare the entire month of November to be Thanks Giving Adventure month!  I think we will do it much like an Advent Calendar.  We are beginning November 1, 2014 until Thanksgiving Day. Giving thanks to God and giving praise to Him is always wonderful, but this year we will not just be Giving Thanks with words, but with our deeds as well! My family will make the month of November an adventure month full of Giving!

As I think about it I am already excited!   Honestly it will be easy for my family to do as my children love to give!  They always want to bless others.  I have begun already preparing for November 1, 2014 as my children have outgrown several jackets and winter coats that are in very good condition!  I have gotten their jackets and coats as well as a couple of jackets of mine and my husband’s out of the closet and washed them up to donate!  I am encouraging my children to think of what we can physically do to show that we are so thankful to God that we want to share his goodness with others!

Below is just a small list of some of the things that we may do that we came up with! A lot of these will take a little money or time, however, there are a lot of things that I am sure we will do that does not cost us anything but a little effort!  The point is that we will go through the month of November with Giving Thanks as our purpose and see how exciting it will be!  I say exciting because I know that anything that you can do for others and ask for nothing in return is such a blessing!  But, you know what I have found out?  If we will be a funnel for God to pour through, He will keep pouring in to us so that we can continue to give!

  1. Donate good, clean, clothing.
  2. Make special goodies such as cookies, muffins, candies etc. to give away. I usually do this every year anyway as my specialty this time of year is pumpkin rolls.
  3. Something we like to do is clip restaurant coupons and if we can’t actually pay for someone’s meal at the restaurant than we can give them our coupons so that their meal is at least reduced.
  4. Donate a bag or two of food to your local animal shelter or if you know an elderly person who may be on a fixed income who has a pet, bless them with their pet a bag of food!
  5. Maybe donate non-perishable food to feed homeless.
  6. Donate shampoos, soaps, razors and bath tissue to single working Mom’s that you know  may struggle.
  7. Donate socks or blankets to homeless shelters

Most of these again, my family already does, but to know that we are purposing it for our Thanks Giving Adventure just makes us excited about doing more of it!  We are going to use our imagination and if we see something that we can do to bless someone then with God’s grace upon us, we are going to do our best to do it!

Happy Thanks Giving Month! I hope that this inspires you to possibly go on a Thanks Giving Adventure of your own!   God only knows who will be blessed more,  those you bless or you!

Fall is here and so are PUMPKIN ROLLS!

9 Nov

Fall is here and so are PUMPKIN ROLLS!.

Fall is here and so are PUMPKIN ROLLS!

9 Nov

I suppose everyone has their traditions if you celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas…One of our family’s traditions is to bake pumpkin rolls!  The house smells wonderful with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and vanilla….the smells alone will cause your mouth to water!  Hope that as you celebrate  this year, that you have lots to be thankful for!






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