Friday, November 27, 2009

No, the sun was not shining, but then again, we weren't overly concerned. Our "family" was coming over to share a Thanksgiving feast with us and there was still some work to do. As we scurried around getting things finished, I think we were all contemplating the Lord's goodness. I wonder how much society would change if people would recognize that each and every day is a gift and find something to be thankful for. At one point, I took time every day to write down one thing I was thankful for in a little journal I have. It was then that I began to realize how rich this life is, and how God has showered blessings on me, my family and those around me. Every day there is something new...not really brand new, but something I've never seen before. And for this gift, I am very thankful.

The Bible tells us that in everything we are to give thanks. Even on stressful days, there is something we can walk away with, some lesson to learn, and if that's all we can find, then let us be thankful for that! But most days aren't like that, so instead of taking everything for granted, recognize what you've been given. Give thanks to God, and share your thankfulness with those around you.

This year I'm thankful for my wonderful family...I don't know what I'd do without them! I'm thankful for the growth of our family, for my sister, BIL and my nephew. I'm thankful for my church family and how the Lord has knit our lives together in such a unique way. And I'm thankful that the Lord has shown me the path He has for me, and that a new page in my book will begin soon. So with that, I present to you some photos of our very memorable Thanksgiving! If you leave a comment, please mention at least one thing you are thankful for!


Because it was Thanksgiving Day, we brought out some pecans for Miss Suzy. She usually gets the walnuts from the yard, but it was Thanksgiving! She scratches at the door waiting for us to feed her now. Cute, huh?

Mmmmm, Pumpkin Pie with a twist. I think I'm going to modify the recipe again and try it out this Sunday...interested in coming for the taste test?

Dad's carving knife vs. Peter's carving knife. Do I hear bids on the winner?

They might get more meat than I will...but I still prefer my methods. :)

Gathering round to remember the trials of the Pilgrims, to sing and give thanks.

Five Kernels of Corn!
Five Kernels of Corn!
Ye have for Thanksgiving Five Kernels of Corn!

William entertained us as the resident artist.

Many of the same faces were in the photo of the Turkey Carving Class of '08.
Though he was greatly missed this year, we are proud to have one of our "graduates" overseas serving our country as a USMC.
So, above is the Turkey Carving Class of '09!


The little man needed some daddy time.

Yup...he who carves the turkey gets the first bite in our house! Never mind that we have the same turkey carver every year...and I don't think he's planning on retiring anytime soon!

Behold the dining room!

There's just somethin' special about the red-head in the pink shirt!

Poor Jess...she had no idea what we were doing to her photo.

What a happy bunch we are...and you haven't seen the worst yet!

Yeah...I love you too, Meli! :)

Before you continue please read:
Now, after our late lunch, we had some pie, and then we all had some coffee. Five good friends on sugar and caffeine can sometimes be a very scary thing...when we're talking about these five people, we know that each time is a scary time. So, we blame our actions on the sugar and caffeine...or at least, I think we do...

How high can you jump?

Do you see the pattern?

Do you have a funny face? Do let us know!

Awwww...aren't we a nice bunch? You know, that 35 pound weight is really, really heavy!

It would've made a very nice album cover if only we had our hats...

Oh, imagine the excitement when we discovered the ladder!

Here we are on a magic carpet ride. You wouldn't believe the things we saw!

All prepared for Black Friday...anybody see what's so funny about this picture?

Don't ask. I have no idea what they were doing...I wasn't there.

Guess what? We're beginning to crash...

See what I told you? Out like a light...

THE END.
P.S. ~ If you leave a comment, don't forget your assignment! :)

12 comments:

  1. Hilarious photos! Thanks for sharing. :)
    And! I am thankful for sunshine and blue skies. Also, rain and thunderstorms. :D

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  2. what fun! looks like y'all had a fabulous time together! :)

    I am so very thankful to have another baby in the house! :D Samuel is adorable and I just love him!

    {HUGS}

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  3. LOVELY~ enjoyed your delightful words
    and pictures~ Tiffany!

    I am thankful for~
    You and your dear family...
    your blog has brought me many
    hours of joy!
    ~
    Jesus Christ
    Dear Friends
    Brothers and Sister in Christ
    Delicious Gourmet Food ;)

    Love~ Jen

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  4. It looks like y'all did things right!! Let's all give thanks.

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  5. Oh, my... you all are too funny! I loved the pics. Your turkey looks like it just might have been bigger than ours, if that's possible! We still have leftovers from the leftovers...

    I am thankful for forgiveness for sins, friends, family, music... ETC!! :-)

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  6. We'd love to come over and try the pie...too bad we're so far away! :P
    I'm thankful for friends all over the country! <3

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  7. Tiph, my dear friend!!!

    I love hearing about things you and Jess talk about...so glad we're still in touch! :)

    *laughs* They were pretty odd pictures, but we had a good time. Ahh, we had sunshine and blue skies today, with paintbrush clouds...mmmm! :) Hope to see you in May! ;) <3

    Amanda,

    Every time we get together with that particular family we have loads of fun. Our "family" away from family. :)

    Awww, babies are so precious! My nephew comes in just a few days!! It'll be so good to have a little one around again.

    Jen,

    Oh, you are too sweet! It's encouraging to me to know that things I blog about bring good things to other people! How fun, it's been to get to know you online! I hope we can meet soon!

    Pops,

    There is so much to be thankful for! <3

    Kathryn,

    We try hard. ;) We had two 26 pound turkeys...and lemme tell ya'...those things are HUGE and hard to handle when they're wet. Yup, we have leftovers still! We put most of our turkey meat into the freezer for a later use. Made gumbo today! :)

    Kelsey,

    I know! Way down South, still, I think! Must be nice this time of year...all that warm weather. :) Hope y'all are having fun! <3

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  8. Love your blog. Always love your pictures.

    I am thankful for the Word of God. The Living Word in my hands to guide me. Awesome! :)

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  9. I am thankful for the month of May.

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  10. Dearest daughter. Thank you for capturing this day. It was a joy of fellowship, a joy remembering the work of Jesus, and a joy feeling your head on my shoulder. I love you, my little girl now grown up. And I thank Jesus for you.

    With all my love,

    Dad

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  11. My Bright Corner,

    Glad you enjoy them!

    Pops,

    Me too. :)

    My wonderful Dad and my hero,

    It was indeed a very special day, and one that I will always look back on with great fondness. I will treasure each moment, and especially my time with you. We have certainly have some amazing Thanksgiving celebrations, but this one was my very favorite.

    Our family has been knit together so tightly, and I am very thankful for that. Each and every day I thank the Lord for you, for all you've done for me, and for others, and for your love. You are the best dad, and I will always love you. Though time may bring changes to our home, nothing will alter my love for you. I am so grateful that I have had the greatest blessing of being your daughter. You have been the greatest example to me, a devoted father, and a steadfast friend...I am blessed, indeed, and I love you!

    With love from the bottom of my heart,

    Your Tiffibugs

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  12. When I first read your post and your challenge I went away and thought about it a lot. There were so many things I could put down that I'm thankful for. But this week, besides all these other things, I am particularly thankful for restored relationships...especially of those which we did not know needed restoring. God is so good! Thanks for challenging me to turn my thoughts to gratitude toward my Lord!

    Blessings!

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