Clementines, pistachios & pretzels to munch on while we waited for the main course!
Wine, coffee & apple cider pop to drink (plus water!)
Dinner Rolls (homemade, of course!)
Mama's Potatoes (a family recipe)
Apple Stuffing Balls (another family recipe- I'll try to post these soon)
Deep Fried Turkey (thanks, men!)
Maple Glazed Ham
Pumpkin & Apple Pies
Pumpkin Roll (family recipe- Eric's favorite)
Gingerbread Men & Chocolate Pretzels
I love Thanksgiving- always have & always will! I love all the planning and decorating, cooking of huge quantities of food, and the rich history of our American holiday. I especially love having our home filled with lots of people and I don't mind all the cleaning that happens before & after.
This year, we celebrated Thanksgiving with a grand total of 23. Not too shabby, huh? :) We sorely missed our dear friends, the Arendses, who usually join us. :( It didn't feel normal not having you all here! But we were thrilled to host my parents & brother, my Aunt and two second-cousins and our great friends, the Coppocks.
It was a great day of feasting and visiting as we remembered God's faithfulness both in the first Thanksgiving as well as the year 2012. Our family tradition is to read Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember. We also write down some things we are thankful for (Patricia made the cards this year- look for it in the top pic), share it with one another, sing & pray. Oh, and I must not forget the annual soccer match. :) This year Eric had to take on the children by himself- he missed having you here Lorimer!
Here are some of the things listed as thanksgivings:
Husbands, wives, children, siblings, family, friends. (Don't miss this- we're truly thankful for the people God has blessed us with!)
- Health. (I'.m keenly aware of this one! God has blessed me with a full year of health after a time when doctors were amazed I was still alive! Also, my mother's health has improved so much in the past year!)
- Our church & shepherds. (Solid teaching is key!)
- Our Savior Jesus Christ! I pray each one of you know of His mercies!
I hope each one of you had a great Thanksgiving! I guess I should start preparing for Christmas... but I'll hold onto my fall decorations for just a few more days. (And I'll restrain myself from jumping on my soap box about how our society skips over Thanksgiving. Errr!)