“O, give thanks to the Lord for He is good! His love endures forever.” Psalm 136:1 (note: this verse sprang so easily to heart and mind and it is one that Norah and I recite together each day we do preschool. Love.)
We had a rocky few days. All our children were on antibiotics for Strep throat by Sunday evening before Thanksgiving. Micah had his very first JV/Varsity Basketball games- while not feeling well Monday and Tuesday- and had some very long days. Looking back at some photos, I can see how much he wasn’t feeling well. Tuesday, we ended up taking another son back to Urgent Care with a potential ear infection. This required rapid decisions and changed our whole plan. I felt undone by many concerns, worries, and so many things to do.I always look at the state of the house and allow myself to feel dismay and anxiety. How will it ever get “company ready?” my heart wonders. How will it ever attain the state which I so deeply long for? And I always sigh deep relief- as somehow- we manage to whisk it together and things fall into place. Everything in order. My heart finds peace.
While trying to focus on all our normal Thanksgiving preparations, I was also running different children to unusual commitments and doctor appointments. Wow. It was hard.
In the midst of all of this- one thing has really reached home to my heart- and that was how much the children anticipate being involved in the cooking and food preparation for our meal.
We actually made two extra desserts just so that the younger children could have a “hand” in the preparing of this special feast. I could literally see and feel their satisfaction. Joshua helped me make the Pumpkin Pies, an Apple Pie (extra dessert #1), and he, along with Aymee and Mellie, helped with the Sweet Potato Bake. Mellie was emphatic that she really wanted to cook. So, on the spur, I found a Chocolate Pie recipe, and the twins helped make that(extra dessert #2).
They took great satisfaction in cooking and my twins wanted to really, truly help and not just watch. Last year, we had a slight adventure with the Jewish Apple Cake we make. The son responsible for that item was very careful to craft it correctly this year- but then we had a mishap with the Cranberry Relish(also his dish). This was rescued and I think it turned out the best ever.
It was a delight to see the realization of “This is Thanksgiving” dawning on little faces. I am thankful that we got to appreciate and make use of our Thanksliving Box this year also and focus on the history of this great day and be thankful.
Ham and Pickle Rolls
Italian Salad with Red Onion
Roasted Turkey (our biggest ever)(Todd)
Mashed Red Potatoes
Sweet Potato Bake
Holiday Cranberry Relish (Nathanael)
Steamed Corn and Green Beans
Holiday Rolls (Micah)
Pumpkin Bars (Asher and Abi)
Pumpkin Roll (Asher and Abi)
Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Coconut Creme (Joshua and Mommy)
Apple Pie (Joshua and Mommy)
Chocolate Creme Pie (Mommy and Aymee/Melodee)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie(Mommy and Jonah)
Jewish Apple Cake (Nathanael)
Hot Apple Cider
and an ACV/Stevia drink for me
We are still enjoying everything this holiday means for us and getting ready to celebrate and welcome a new teen-ager to the fold as our third son turns 13 on Sunday! and we begin Advent preparations.