Happy Thanksgiving! May you have a wonderful holiday!
The snowstorm we were supposed to get, didn’t come, although there are a few inches of ‘white stuff’ out there on the ground! looks like a cosy day for stitching after a big turkey dinner.
I am thankful for many things this day… a warm home to live in, my family and friends, freedom to pray and praise God without fear of restrictions or persecution, good books to read,
samplers to stitch and enjoy,
and, for His many many blessings. I am thankful that we live in this great country that has provided refuge and freedom for so many, often at great cost and sacrifice.
I am thankful for caregivers who also give of themselves over and over again, to provide a home, or visit those who are ill and housebound, and for those that care enough to send cards and letters and make phone calls to show their love.
I am thankful for families that strive to live together and adapt to one another’s preferences, and that are learning not to ‘sweat the small stuff’. I am thankful for my children who do their chores without complaining and are fun to be around.
I am thankful for friends of all ages that bring such richness in relationships and variety to our lives!
I am thankful for His creation and the beauty around us, and stars that shine at night and sunshine by day, to remind us that even in darkness, His goodness is there for us. I am thankful that we have His Word to give us hope and strength and encouragement and grace for how to live our lives until we meet Him face to face and see our loved ones once again, forever.
I hope that you too, in the midst of whatever circumstances life brings, are able to enjoy a day and a good meal and (if necessary) a warm fire!
(more stitching updates to come!)
“They began now to gather in the small harvest they had, and to fit up their houses and dwellings against winter, being all well recovered in health and strength and had all things in good plenty. For as some were thus employed in affairs abroad, others were exercising in fishing, about cod and bass and other fish, of which they took good store, of which every family had their portion. All the summer there was no want; and now began to come in store of fowl, as winter approached, of which this place did abound when they came first (but afterward decreased by degrees). And besides waterfowl there was great store of wild turkeys, of which they took many, besides venison, etc. Besides they had about a peck of meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion. Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports.”
– William Bradford, 1621