Sunday, November 30, 2008

Praying for Tammy

I wanted to take a moment to ask all of my friends to pray for the Nischan family. I first mentioned my friend, Tammy, on my blog back in October when I asked for prayers for her son battling cancer. Nick went home to Heaven last night. Both Nick and Tammy's testimony is so encouraging and her faith is beautiful - I would encourage you to visit her blog again - but, of course, her heart is broken...as well is mine. My heart is so acquainted with a mother's grief and, for that reason, I ask everyone to lift this family in prayer. If you are able, stop by her blog and let her know that she is covered in prayers! As I mentioned to her in my comment, I'm sure our boys have found one another in Heaven and are planning a grand homecoming when their mommies - and families - can all be together!! Heaven......I can only imagine!!!

Philippians 4:19

But my God
shall supply all your need
according to his riches
in glory by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:19

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Day of Publick Thanksgiving and Prayer

To all of my blogging friends...I wish the best of days today!! We love today for family, friends, turkey and trimmings (and leftovers) and a list of other things....I thought it would be nice to remember how it all began. This is our country's first president giving proclamation to set aside to thank the Lord for all our blessings!! What a heritage we have....

I have edited it just a bit as it was a bit long but you can view the whole thing (even the original) on line. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!!

By the PRESIDENT of the United States Of America
A PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER,...........

NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation;..... and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.
GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.


(signed) G. Washington

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving



What a fun "day before Thanksgiving" I had...I spent the day with my good friends and we made pumpkin rolls (four of them!) and a special Thanksgiving treat! I used the recipe I posted earlier for my rolls. They were super easy and smelled wonderful while baking. Wrapped with ribbon, slipped in storage bags with a holiday greeting, and they were ready to be delivered!

The Thanksgiving Blessing Mix was a treat I found at Lady Farmer's blog. What a fun idea....we had fun with the kids putting these bags together and making the labels. My friends are going to take their bags to share with family (cousins!!) tomorrow - what a great idea! I know I will use this idea again next year.

As special as this time of year is - and such a wonderful family time...my heart cannot help but think of those who are truly hurting right now. I personally know many who are grieving .... grieving for a toddler son, a teenage daughter, an adult daughter, a toddler daughter, a mother and a dad.....and the heart aches so hard at the holidays. I know others who are going through very difficult circumstances and their hurt is just as real.

If your holiday is a truly happy day, filled with family, loved ones and laughter......don't take that for granted - and certainly don't complain about the "little things" that truly are insignificant. And, please take a couple moments throughout the day to whisper a prayer for those who are hurting.

I had a great day today (thanks my special friends!!) and, with God's grace, I anticipate a good holiday tomorrow. (I sure do miss my boy!!!!)

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Choruses

Some choruses we sang at church on Sunday...I'll warn you, though, if you are like me...a little melody will get in your head and, well, then it is there to stay for a while - but that's okay!!

Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul
Thank you, Lord, for making me whole
Thank you, Lord, for giving to me
Thy great salvation
So rich and free!
---------------------------------------------
When the Lord saved me,
When the Lord saved me,
Something wonderful happened
when the Lord saved me.
Old things passed away,
Darkness turned to day
Something wonderful happened
when the Lord saved me!!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Notes from Bible Study

Over the past couple weeks in Bible study, we have been studying the feasts. And as much as I love a good feast (just kidding), I must admit I was not really excited about this topic. I'm not exactly sure why - maybe it was too much of a history lesson and, unfortunately, I am not a "history appreciator" as I should be - but I just was not expecting to get a lot from this study. However, our teacher this semester is one of the best (!!) and she is great at making a practical application for our lives from each of the different Jewish feasts. I have learned so much!

I wanted to share just a bit (a small bit) about what I have been learning..not necessarily for the content itself but for two reasons: 1) to praise Him for teaching me, yet again, from His word and 2) to remind myself that every study of scripture (even those books of History :)) holds real nuggets of blessing if we will stick with it and dig a little deeper! Reading God's word is, indeed, wonderful.....going further and studying the Word is amazing!!

The Passover....done as a memorial - so as to not forget the great acts of God. Once the Hebrew slaves were free, more than once they moaned to be back in Egypt...to be slaves again! As a Christian, I have been set free from so many things and, yet, sometimes, it is almost easier "to stay in bondage" because bondage can eliminate some of the fear of walking by faith and can even seem "secure".....at least, that is what the devil would have us to believe. I want to remind myself often where God has brought me, what He has delivered from- and through- and the promise that He will continue with me for my entire journey toward the promised land!!

Feast of the Trumpet..the blowing of the trumpets meant several things to the Jews - the gathering of an assembly, a battle alarm, and the crowning of a king. This feast was the only feast to occur on the first of the month (or a new moon) and watchers were placed to witness the new moon and the pilgrims were to be ready as no one knew the exact day the feast would take place. (Sounds familiar, right?) In the same way that the Jews were to be prepared, armed for battle and ready to proclaim a king....I want to be ready and watching, willing to battle my enemy, and ever proclaiming Christ the Lord of my life!!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

I Thessalonians 5:18

In every thing give thanks:
for this is the will of God
in Christ Jesus concerning you.
I Thessalonians 5:18

Friday, November 21, 2008

Libby's Pumpkin Roll

I know I've said it before...but one last pumpkin recipe. I have to include this one because the sweetest little 7-year old I know assured me, it is the best!! Next week, we will have a Praise and Prayer service on Tuesday before Thanksgiving...I think I just may have found the perfect dessert for the fellowship afterwards.

Libby's Pumpkin Roll

CAKE
Powdered sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup can pumpkin (Libby's..hence the name)
1 cup chopped walnuts - optional

FILLING
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
6 TBL butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla extract
powdered sugar

Preheat oven to 375. Grease 15X10 jelly roll pan; line with wax paper. Grease and flour paper. Sprinkle a kitchen towel with powdered sugar.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in small bowl. Beat eggs and sugar in large mixer bowl until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Spread evenly into prepared pan. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.

Beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter, and vanilla extract in small mixer bowl until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Reroll cake. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving, if desired.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Winter

Thankful Thursday.....with a few flurries on Tuesday and some flakes in the forecast today, fall has officially past and the season of cold is here - so today I am going to be thankful for.....um....for..winter!! (That was harder than I thought!!) Anyone who knows me, knows I am a big whiner about winter. It is not winter, so much, that I protest, but COLD!

I have been thinking that my winter attitude could use some adjusting and then in my Bible reading this morning, I read Proverbs 20:4a..."the sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold" - yikes. I know this verse is a warning to the sluggard and about laziness...but the sluggard (don't you just love that word?!?) was a whiner - about the cold!! That said, I am going to be purposefully thankful (at least, TRY) and hopefully get a little attitude adjustment in the process. During these next winter months, I am thankful for:

1 - hot tea, flavored lattes (also hot) and cocoa (and, yes, HOT)...with whipped creme! (my lattes and cocoa are made with skim milk so that cancels out the whipped creme, right?)
2 - the smell of wood burning fireplaces
3 - brisk (very brisk) walks with my puppy...he has so much more energy and fun than during the summer walks
4 - flannel sheets (with cute designs like Christmas trees or sledding penguins) and flannel pjs (minus the designs)
5 - more time inside to catch up on scrap booking, stamping or even reading (I am also mildly obsessed with organizing...so I have time to clean out lots of drawers and closets. When I run out of places at my house, my girlfriend lets me do hers!! I love you, Trisha)
6- the unexplainable thrill of snow in the forecast on a weekday evening (a definite carryover from all those years of working at the school - SNOW DAY is a magical word to any teacher) and the true beauty of fresh fallen snow
7 - children's holiday specials on TV - like A Charlie Brown Christmas and the original Grinch. Not only do these remind me of fun days with my children but also of my own childhood with my brother and parents! (I don't watch much TV so often I don't know when this shows are going to be on...so if you happen to notice one coming up, let me know!)

Well, I was hoping to get to 10 but this is, at least, a start. I really should put the holidays that come during this time of year. I do love Christmas - for my Savior's birth - but the holidays are such a struggle. We have not forgotten or given up on Christmas (as some grieving parents and families choose to do) but the "magic" is missing. But God is faithful...and just maybe I will be adding that to my list again one day.

This was supposed to be a "fun" post...didn't mean to end so somber. I am going to do my best to embrace winter (well, we see). What do you love about winter?

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

A Poem for Thanksgiving

BE THANKFUL
Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don't know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes.
They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you're tired and weary,
because it means you've made a difference.
It's easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
,and they can become your blessings.
~~Author Unknown.~~

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

NYC Review (Part 2) - a Few Pictures

Times Square!
(a few drizzles on our way to brunch but it had completely cleared up by the time we were done and the day was beautiful)


On our way to the show...
The Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall


Dusk settling in on the Big Apple...





Dinner at Lombardis in Little Italy!
(if only we could have gotten some of that dessert at Serendipitys!?!)

Monday, November 17, 2008

My NYC Review

WOW! What a fun Saturday I had in the Big Apple! As I admitted, I'm not a true country girl at heart (although there was a time - back in the college days - I seriously wanted to be a dairy farmer's wife...I begged God to send me a dairy farmer - and, yes, sometimes, we just need to be thankful for unanswered prayers!!) and I don't know that I could really live full time in the "big city" but visiting is a THRILL! I loved it. And, just in case, you ever make it...I wanted to share my two cents review (for whatever it is worth)!

After arriving - and arriving hungry - our first stop was at Junior's Diner in Times Square. They stop serving breakfast at 10:35 (yes, specifically at 10:35) so we had brunch...which was good because it counted as two meals so we got our money's worth. My salad was delicious! Instead of a bread basket while you wait for your meal, this deli brought slaw, beets and dill pickles!! I tried beets for the first time - I really liked them! Junior's is on West 45th and I would recommend it.

After brunch, we headed to the Christmas Spectacular show at Radio City Music Hall - I really enjoyed this show. The music was good, the special effects were fun and the precision dancing was actually amazing. I'm not sure but I think I was expecting Las Vegas...but it was not. I thought it was pretty cool. The last number they did was actually the Christmas story with a reading from the gospel of Luke and traditional carols - heralding the newborn king! Pretty impressive when students at the local elementary school are not even allowed to sing more than Frosty the Snowman.

In the afternoon, we took a cab (everything you have heard about New York cab rides...and more - WHOA!) to Chinatown and then Little Italy. If I don't ever make it to Chinatown again, my feelings will not be hurt. Little Italy, however, was a lot of fun. Lots of shopping and fun people...and the aromas of fresh pizza and pasta were wonderful! We had pizza at Lombardis (on Spring Street) and it was fantastic! I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

By the time we made it back to Madison Ave. and the shops uptown, most of the stores were closed. That was okay, though, as I'm sure I could not afford to window shop there. We did go in FAO Schwartz. I personally think the toy soldiers (aka doormen) out front were the best part of that store......all in all, this store was way overrated. Toys R Us was a lot more fun but M&M World would beat them both any day!! We did try to end our day at Serendipity III (located at 225 East 60th) for dessert - walked ten blocks to get there only to find out the wait was an hour and we did not have that much time. It is a TINY little place but the desserts are supposedly amazing and it was very popular but I would recommend reservations for this one!

I did not have my camera but my girlfriend did bring her camera and we snapped quite a few pictures....as soon as she sends me some, I will include my "photo review".....yea. It was a lot of fun and, as a fundraiser, we raised over $1,600 for the Cancer Society - what's not to love, right?

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Psalm 100:4

Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts wtih praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
Psalm 100:4

Friday, November 14, 2008

Fall Festivals and Shopping

As I have said before, there are so many things to love about fall, but certainly among my favorites are all the local fall festivals, craft shows and the shopping! I enjoy shopping - even Christmas shopping. I suppose one of my "love languages" is gifts and I love not only giving gifts but also the search for just the perfect surprise. I can't say that I am always successful - and, yes, my budget tends to "get in the way" - but I have fun trying!

There have been several really fun local shows just about every weekend around here. This sweet grapevine angel I actually won during a silent auction at a high school craft show.......yes, won!! YEA I haven't decided where she will go yet - I was thinking my front door but the cranberry colors look so nice inside my house, too. Decisions...decisions.

This weekend is full of shopping......and I am excited! Last night, my girlfriend and I went to a beautiful Christmas bazaar held in someone's home. Apparently these women have been doing this show for 15 years and their things were beautiful!! And, they even had a half-price room out in the garage! I picked up four Christmas presents!

Tomorrow - get this - I am headed to New York City for the day! Every year my Jazzercise club plans a bus trip as a Relay for Life fundraiser and this year I am going with my very sweet girlfriend (we have been friends for 41 years!!! and she still likes me!) and her mom (a second mom for me) and we are looking forward to a great day. Its fun to come home and be able to share my trip with my blogging friends! Although I'm not exactly a country girl...this trip to the city is a big deal for me - I can't wait!

And, finally, on Sunday afternoon there is another large craft show at a local high school. I usually attend this show every year on a Saturday but the New York trip was the same weekend so I will try to get to the high school after church...not sure how that will work out but, we'll see. I may end up with not a penny to spare after Saturday - or I may be completely exhausted but it should be a really great weekend. I hope all of you have wonderfully fun weekends as well.



Thursday, November 13, 2008

Baby Sarah

Thankful Thursday.....and today I am rejoicing with my wonderful friends at the birth of their daughter, Sarah, who was born Tuesday night. Delivery went smoothly and Mommy, Daddy and Sarah are all doing well. Sarah is beautiful. Truly, the miracle of birth and, then, soaking in a newborn.....those ten tiny toes, button nose and the feel of downy hair....is the clearest picture of our amazing Creator, Savior and God.

Not only am I thanking Him for Sarah, but I am also thankful for Sarah's big brother and sister who have been at my house for the last two days - what fun! It has been sixteen years since the last newborn at our house and how quickly those "little people" years go by! Hubbie and I have so loved the chatter, the laughter, the bedtime stories, GeoTrax (this was new for me!) and the hugs!! In the past two days, I have been to Chuck E Cheese - twice - and had dinner at McDonalds...if that really counts as a dinner?!?! (yes..I tend to be a bit too outspoken against fast food - for myself - but isn't amazing what little sweethearts can cause us to do) :)
It has been a fun and busy two days. My hat truly goes off to all the mommies of preschoolers who love their babies and still find time to blog, clean their homes, (shower themselves), to stay in the Word, to love their hubbies and to take care of the one million other things that demand their attention! God will richly reward you.....as you keep focused on the "best" things of the so many things that need to be done.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A new baby is like the beginning of all things-wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.
Eda J. Le Shan
Welcome to the world Baby Sarah.....you are perfection and we love you!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

No....No...we have not gone over the edge and gotten another dog (one Rascal is enough for any house!!). This is my brother's new puppy but I just had to share her picture...is there really any way to look at that face and not smile?! What a sweetheart!

God blesses us so abundantly..I truly believe puppies are just "the cherry on the top" of His goodness - to warm our hearts..and cover our faces with wet kisses!! Have a warm and wonderful Tuesday!!

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Broken Chain

I've been thinking about Tyler.....maybe more today..or perhaps again today...or simply always. I was given this poem from another mom missing her boy. I have not been able to locate the author but I wanted to share it. It expresses my heart today.

The Broken Chain

We little knew that morning
that God would call your name.
In life we loved you dearly.
In death we do the same.
It broke our hearts to lose you,
You did not go alone;
For part of us went with you,
The day God called you home.
You left us peaceful memories,
Your love is still our guide;
And though we cannot see you,
You are always at our side.
Our family chain is broken
and nothing seems the same,
But as God calls us
one by one,
The chain will link again
.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Colossians 3:15

And let the peace of God
rule in your hearts,
to the which also ye are called
in one body;
and be ye thankful.
Colossians 3:15

Friday, November 7, 2008

Free Cookbooks

How fun is this? Check here to send away for free cookbooks from Gooseberry Patch! What's not to love?? They also have some really cute things on sale on their website....I saw an Annie doll and an entire pumpkin cookbook! Have fun, my friends!

Teatime

Autumn Spiced Tea!!!! Where has this treat been hiding? I do not know if this is a new product or if I have just missed it all this time but this week I discovered Pumpkin Spice tea by Bigelow - and what a treat it has been!! For me, a cup of tea, lightly sweetened with honey, at the end of my day really sets all right with the world! I look forward to it each evening..and I try all kinds of teas but this one has been purely delightful!!

There is a blessed calm at eventide
That calls me from a world of toil and care;
How restful, then, to seek some quiet nook
Where I can spend a little time in prayer
Bullock

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Primitive Give Away

Just a thought for those of you who enjoy - or LOVE - primitives, I discovered a very pretty blog this evening....and just in time for a really nice give away. Check it out in order to get entered - http://fortheloveofprims.blogspot.com/ - I would say "good luck"...but, then again, I really want to win!!

Citizenship

Thankful Thursday .... and I am so thankful for this country and the privilege I have to be an American. I am thankful for the rich heritage of our country - for men and women who bravely came here in search of religious freedom and for the early fathers of our country who, although they were not perfect, sought to found this country on Godly principles. I am thankful for the privilege I have to vote and participate in our democracy. Yes, I am concerned, even fearful, for our country but it is my country and it is worth praying for - which is what I intend to do - and it is worth fighting for. I am thankful for our service men and women who fight for our country's honor! I am proud to be an American.

Although I am a citizen here (as the old hymn goes)..."this world is not my home..I'm just a passing through..there's treasures laid up for...somewhere beyond the blue" and today I am so very thankful that my real citizenship is in Heaven. When I remember that this time here is truly brief and I have a home in Heaven, it helps to restore the calm and peace to my life which has been alluding me lately. There may, indeed, be troublesome days ahead but I will keep my eyes turned toward to my home above to keep things in perspective.

".........but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven ." Luke 10:20b

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Potato Soup, Chili-Cheeseburger Mac-n-Cheese, and Beef 'n Macaroni Bake

With fall starting to settle in, there are so many yummy recipes to try and to share. The best of comfort foods to be sure....warm, filling and full of wonderful flavors. Two new ones I found this week are Mrs. H's baked apples and Kelli's dark chocolate chip pumpkin squares (my absolute two favorite flavors!!)

I usually make my own menu plans two weeks at a time (paychecks every two weeks, shopping every two weeks, you see the connection...) Lately, I have been struggling with variety, so I decided to get down some old recipe books. I have one hand-made book from my mom that I treasure where I have added on tried and true family favorites. I came across several yummy meals we haven't had in quite awhile....but we will be having again soon. Here are a couple of my cool weather favorites.

"Baked" Potato Soup
6 large baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 large onion, chopped
3 cans chicken broth with roasted garlic
1/4 cup butter
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. ground pepper
1 cup whipping cream or half-and-half
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
3 TBL chopped fresh chives

1. Combine first six ingredients in a slow cooker.
2. Cover and cook on HIGH four hours or on LOW eight hours or until potato is tender.
3. Mash mixture until potatoes are coarsely chopped and soup is slightly thickened; stir in cream, cheese, and chives. Warm throughout.
4. If desired, top individual servings with sour cream, bacon and more cheddar cheese before serving. I definitely recommend this last step!!

This next one was originally from Southern Living and is SO much better than those boxed hamburger meals.....you know the ones!!


Chili-Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese
1 box Velvetta shells & cheese, prepared according to box directions
1 pound ground beef
1 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. cumin
1/4 tsp. salt
1 (15 oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes with green chilies

1. Brown ground beef in a non stick skillet over medium-high heat, stirring until no longer pink; drain and rinse under hot running water.
2. Return beef to skillet and stir in chili powder, cumin, and salt. Cook two minutes. Add beans, tomatoes and 1/4 cup water. Cook five minutes or until most of the liquid has evaporated.
3. Stir prepared pasta into beef mixture and serve immediately.

And one more using a box mac-n-cheese dinner (always a hit with my kids.....)
Beef 'n Macaroni Bake
1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese, divided
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 box KRAFT Deluxe Macaroni and Cheese dinner
2 TBL butter
2 TBL flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 eggs, beaten

1. Brown meat; drain. Add onion and cook until tender. Stir in tomato sauce, 1/2 cup of the parmesan cheese and spices; simmer ten minutes.
2. Prepare dinner as directed on package. Spread meat mixture onto bottom of 9-inch square baking dish. Top with mac-n-cheese dinner.
3. Melt butter in saucepan on low heat. Blend in flour. Gradually add milk; cook, stirring constantly, on low heat until thickened. Stir small amount of hot mixture into eggs; return to hot mixture. Pour over dinner; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup parmesan cheese.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes until golden brown.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Praying for our Nation

If my people, which are called by my name,
shall humble themselves,
and pray, and seek my face,
and turn from their wicked ways;
then will I hear from heaven,
and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
II Chronicles 7:14

Monday, November 3, 2008

Welcome November

November is already here! Although October is probably my favorite month, certainly this month is a close second. The only real "problem" with November is the COLD...I am a real baby when it comes to cold weather!

I did get out my few Thanksgiving things this weekend. Most of my October and harvest things can be out through November, but I do have a few turkeys and pilgrims to set around here and there. Most of my things I have had since the children were much younger but everyone seems to still enjoy them - even my sweet daughter (who is 20!) commented on them tonight. One of those comforts of home, I suppose.

Its funny...it seems the things we think really aren't a "big deal" often mean much more than we realize. Creating family memories and/or traditions does not need to be difficult or cumbersome.....a lot of the time, they happen when we aren't even really trying. This was even true for me this weekend with our neighbors. Since we were not going to be home this past Friday, I made some small treat bags for our immediate neighbors. As I was headed to one of the neighbors' houses, she met me with, "Oh, yeah...my pumpkin bread," and then remembered, "wait..that's for Thanksgiving." Apparently she looks forward to the pumpkin bread which I have shared a few times with the neighbors at the holidays. I never would have known anyone remembered. (Note to self...make pumpkin bread this Thanksgiving!)

Also this weekend, we got a good jump start on our Christmas shopping...yeah! If you have a Linens N Things....they are going out of business and are having great deals. Can't give any hints here because I wouldn't want to spoil any surprises but it does feel good to be a little ahead of the curve.

One fun surprise for me....I was doing some "window shopping" (or planning) at a recent craft show and came across some of the prettiest frames I've ever seen. When I got home, I checked the website to look for another chance to buy one of the frames and there was a give away going on....of course, I entered and I found out today I WON!! YEAH! You should check these out...they are so pretty and a great gift for someone I found hard to shop for (enough hints already!)

It promises to be an exciting month - for lots of reasons. But right now, I am going to write my Thankful Thursday tonight ....before Tuesday even begins!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Psalm 116:12

What shall I render
unto the LORD
for all his benefits toward me?
Psalm 116:12