Circle of Thanks

The family finally sat around the table, ready to devour the feast before us. But first, the moment of truth: sharing what we're most thankful for. This is one of the few times you really want to go first. What if your "thanks" is taken before your turn arrives? Do you have a 2nd, 3rd, 4th… choice? This year, I was the "lucky" last one. Read more below.


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Our Circle of Thanks


As we went around the table giving thanks, the usual ones came up, along with a few new ones. My daughter's husband was with us for the first time (as her husband) and my son had invited his girlfriend as well. We were thankful for the fresh, happy faces to share our day with and for the fact that although a big storm had crossed the entire country, wreaking havoc for thousands of travelers, somehow we had all flown to Oklahoma with no problems! That's pretty impressive, considering that we came in from California, Georgia, North Carolina and New York. That was a big blessing for which we were extremely grateful!


I was the last one to participate in the circle of thanks, and luckily for me, I had a gratitude that was personal and not in danger of being "stolen." I was grateful for all of the changes that have occurred in my life this year and even the last few years. There have been difficult times, but the truth is, difficulty is sometimes the only way to effect change. And if we don't change, we are actually left behind, wondering where everyone else went. We were created to grow, mature, and yes, CHANGE! I'm so thankful that I am no longer the person I was when I was 18, 21 or even 40. I'm grateful that my marriage has changed and that my family and children have too. I look forward to the future changes that I presently must leave in God's hands.


I'm reading the daily devotional, Look Unto Me, by Charles Sturgeon, and I feel like this quote more beautifully portrays my feelings:


Winter in the soul can be an uncomfortable season… [Do} not complain, for losses, crosses, weariness, sickness, poverty, and a thousand other difficulties are sent by the Lord and come to us through His wise purpose. Remember, frost also kills deadly insects, stemming agonizing diseases. It softens the hardness of the soil as well and sweetens our soul. Oh, that such good results would always follow our winters of affliction!… May we treasure our Lord who is the constant source of warmth and comfort in every time of trouble… may we wrap ourselves in the warm garments of His promises.


So, I'm grateful for the trials that have brought about good changes in my life. I'm also grateful to see my parents healthy again after a season of affliction. My heart grows warm at the sight of my happy adult children. 


On a lighter note, I thank God that both of our kids, along with their significant others have a love of cooking and eating healthy, wholesome food! This year, I asked each couple to make a few dishes in order to help Nana not work so hard. The added bonus was that everyone had a great time, as you can tell from the photos below. 


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Making Guacamole


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Hard at work on the turkey


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He may look smug now, but he was the dishwasher, 

and will not make the same mistake again next year!


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Turkey Carving 101


turkey

Voila!


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And of course, dessert!


I'm happy to share our menu and a few recipes. Email me or comment at the bottom (Facebook) if you want recipes of any other items on the menu.


STARTERS

Guacamole and Corn Chips

Hummus and Veggies


MAIN MEAL

Arugula Salad

Smashed Potatoes

Green Beans with Shallot Sauce

Roast Turkey

GF Cornbread Stuffing

Giblet Gravy

Cranberry Chutney


DESSERTS

Pecan Tassies

GF Pumpkin Pie

Fresh Whipped Cream

Chocolate Covered Walnuts



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