Monday, November 30, 2009

1000 Gifts: Thanksgiving & Family

"Now, our God, we give you thanks,
and praise your glorious name."

1 Chronicles 29:13

After a delicious & bountiful & wonderful-in-every-way holiday,
I return home refreshed.
And ever-s0-grateful to the One who provided it all.

So this morning, I give thanks to my Abba Father,
for He has done great things!

two Thanksgiving celebrations... with family all around
one in Maryland with Chris's clan and one in the woods... with my mom and dad

this house... their home... their arms-open-wide welcoming, their selfless giving,
their forever-care, their always-love

gatherings, assemblies, shared meals, and rejoicings as we give Him thanks... together

the earnest prayer of my 8-year old son, "Lord, help us to be thankful..."

a busy kitchen, tireless preparation, a bustle of activity... delicious expectation!

lively conversation. everyone gathered 'round. favorite dishes. tasty treats.

dinner plates scraped clean. full, full bellies.
left-overs and "re-runs" for days to come...
food that satisfies over and over and over again

homemade donuts for dessert, the joy of traditions

my grandmother's crystal candlesticks, an heirloom from days gone by.
Once they graced her dining room table; this past Thursday, they illuminated once again~

naps by the fire

books by the fire

a bench to share

a weekend to rest and chop wood and watch football and play!

Sunday morning worship, a shared pew, Christmas hymns & celebration songs.
beautiful Words... our Light has come!

a heart of joy and a new song

this advent season, our great anticipation, our wonderful hope... in the miraculous birth of a Baby... Emmanuel has come!

"And the glory of the LORD shall be revealed,
and all flesh shall see it together."

Isaiah 40:5

holy experience

and my list continues...


Carrie said...

Love it ~ as always!!! I missed you while you were away! ;)

You have some great pictures there! What a beautiful Thanksgiving table!

When things die-down, I'd love to pick your brain about TOG! ;)

Sharaya Crossan said...

LOVE the little angel with toy antlers seated in the chair. :D

Beautiful pics.

Heather of S-A-M said...

God is so good isn't He!!

I love all those beautiful pics. Magazine worthy. But i'm totally coveting that fireplace. The one thing I miss down here in FL!! What I wouldn't give to be in a home with a fireplace to read by, sleep by, love by, and decorate. I can almost hear the crackling of the logs... ohhh.

Thanks for swingin' by! Glad you had a glorious time together!

gretchen said...

didn't you miss being thankful for living one more year... 27 and holding. :) Happy Birthday late... we were away and I didn't have your address (it's on my bookmarks) silly me! Love you!