Thursday, December 4, 2014

So Many Blessings!

We were able to set aside two days in November to say "thank you God for all we've been given by Your hand".  This was our 10th Anniversary of celebrating my with my side of the family on the weekend before Christmas.  How do I remember this?  Because the first we did it, I was gathering everyone together so we could share the news that we were expecting Avery!  That seems like light years ago.

This year I wasn't feeling great but decided at the last minute I really wanted to make it happen.  I'm so glad I did.  All I had to do was sit and relax in the company of people who love me.  Amy and Elizabeth both sent me pictures so we could remember the day.  So blessed!

 Sweet Sadie's first Thanksgiving!

My sister, the hostess, who also squeezed in her first Crossfit Competiton in during the morning before everyone arrived.  Don't mess with her...she's made of steel!

This year the kids had to work for their dessert.  :)

 Thanksgiving Day dawned bright and beautiful with a bit of snow cover.
 "A bit" or plenty, depending on your perspective and motives.  :)

For the first time ever, I sat and watched the road race from my couch, ending my 12-year streak running it, including the year I gave birth to Amanda four days after.  Kinda made me mad that cancer could take that away, but the weight sitting on my chest told me I'd made the right decision.  Next year!

It was hard to be around the house for the morning and not running the show.  Shaun has cooked our turkey every Thanksgiving since our first year of marriage and my mother-in-law and sisters-in-law had the rest covered, leaving not much for me to do.

While I should have just been so thankful (on Thanksgiving!), I had to pray through the pout that I could feel setting in.  God is teaching me much through this experience, one humbling lesson is that I have much more pride (aka sin) in my heart than I knew existed.
 Sweet Armand's first Thanksgiving!
 The team of table-setters did a fabulous job!

 As did the craft team who worked together on three different occasions to make place cards for each person present.  How cute!
 Love having a roaring fire that doesn't leave any woodchips or create dust.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever. I Chronicles 16:34

1 comment:

The Bug said...

What a lovely couple of days! I had to laugh at the "leaf people" - very funny :)