with thankful hearts



“And thank you for a house full of people I love.  Amen. 
~Ward Elliot Hour


We celebrated Thanksgiving this year with my parents, who drove out to our house, on Wednesday evening.  My brother Isaac, and my sister Amanda (with her beautiful family) came on Thanksgiving day.  My mom’s presence in the kitchen made the day stress-free and easy, and the food all turned out perfectly.

The best part of all, was being together….all the talking, laughing, singing, visiting, planning, loving….

Dad played the guitar for the boys

Mom read books to the children

we watched tv together

we went outside for some football and walks

snoozed on the couch

drank coffee

hugs, teasing, being silly

Isn’t Thanksgiving a lovely day to celebrate?  I was thinking this week, of all the many, many verses in the Bible about being thankful…..and I feel joy, knowing that God must be pleased with a whole day set aside, for the purpose of gathering together, in thankfulness. 

We are thankful to God for all the thousands of blessings He showers on us day by day.  We don’t even realize the good things happening around us, thanks to God in His mercy, leading and guiding our days with such amazing kindness.  All of our days are carefully planned by Him.

“One generation shall praise thy works to another, and all declare thy mighty acts.  I will speak of the glorious honor of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.”  Psalm 145:4, 5

“They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.”  Psalm 145:7


Caleb, baking with Grandma in the kitchen;


spending time, making memories

my mom;


my sweet little nephew, Weston;


my joyful niece, Abigail;


Mom and Dad brought their dog out with them.  We’ve had Brutus in the family for almost 12 years.


my niece, Naomi, with Caleb;


me and my sweet pea (who was sound asleep just a few minutes after this picture was taken);


Mom and I enjoyed going through the contents of our gratitude basket;






On Friday morning, we all went to my sister’s house for brunch and then Mom and Dad went back home.  It was a wonderful weekend.  I’m so thankful for my loving family and all the good times we have spent together through the years.  It means so much to me, to see my children growing up in the security of a healthy relationship with their grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins.

This morning, Rich is busy outside with the boys, working on the chicken coop.

How excited we all were, to find the very first egg, this morning!



0 thoughts on “with thankful hearts

  1. Looks like your day went great! I love your gratitude basket…such a great tradition. We use to write appreciation notes on post-it notes and give them to each other just out of the blue and they said things like “I appreciate you letting me eat the last cookie” or something childish but it sure meant a lot…Have a great day!

  2. Glad you had a thankful sharing with some of your family. Is Rich’s family nearby also? Happy for you that you’ll now be gathering eggs daily; fresh eggs are SO yummy! Grace appears much improved – just in time for the feasting & family fun  –  another reason we are grateful!  🙂  Lois

  3. What a blessing! Lots of family to share Thanksgiving and lots of HELP!!! “Brutus” – how cute!We had construction paper, cut out leaves that we wrote on (on the backs) about what we were thankful for this year. It was all anonymous – but some thoughts were obvious. They were read while we leisurely ate our dessert. I used them to decorate the table (around the centerpiece) while we were eating dinner.

  4. I’m so thankful for your beautiful family. It gives me hope of what our family can be like. I don’t mean to sound like my family is horrible; it’s not! It’s just very broken, but I am believing God for transformed hearts and lives!!! Much love, Shanda.–Amanda

  5. wonderful happy loving memories~ great times together ~ comfort ~ these are the feelings I am having looking back on our special thanksgiving day and brunch together Love you guys ~ SISSY

  6. Naomi & Abigail have the Most Beautiful Blue Eyes–You sure look like your Mother–Look’s like a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with Family–I guess we need to see the mother chicken who produced the   F-I-R-S-T  egg.

  7. Who broke the egg open, or didn’t you break it?  It was Joanna the chicken who gave you the very first egg right? :)Weston is adorable…really really cute!So fun that your parents came and that your sister was there as well, I cannot imagine you doing it all alone, being so tired these days, you are always so refreshed after they come for a visit..I am happy for you!

  8. What a lovely Thanksgiving you had! I will enjoy yours vicariously! LOL! The thankful notes are so precious. I am thankful for pudding, too! YAY! The first egg! May there be many, many more!

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