Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving on Friday!

Oh, I hope that y'all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We surely did! We take turns hosting Thanksgiving in our family. This year, we went to east Tennessee to give thanks and share blessings with Hubby's family. This also meant that the only thing I had to do to prepare the meal was to put ice in the glasses! Seriously! My mother-in-love DID let me wear a family apron to make it look as though I had participated in the food cooking! But, I did not! Wait a minute, lest I tell a fib! I did get to put the cheese whiz in the celery stalks! Sorry about that! I did two things this year! (And only one person ate the stuffed celery, and it was not me!!)

Wanted to share a few of the pictures from our get together! Of course, we found a race to run on Thanksgiving! I let the boys run, so I could take pictures...which I LOVE to do! And, it saved us some money! Those races add up!
Child #2 and me before the race--a little chilly down on the riverfront! I'm sporting my new precious Peruvian hat that a darlin' friend brought me from the church mission trip this summer.
Child #1 cruisin' down the final stretch. He had way too much fun! First race for him since Cross Country season.
Child #2 came flying up soon after.
Chillin' after the 8K (which is almost 5 miles). Just about time to get back to the house and start getting ready for the turkey!

Auntie, me, and mother-in -love in the wildness of trying not to burn the rolls (which were home-made, of course!!!) .This apron is not quite my shade of green, but....!
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever...for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." Psalm 107: 1,9. As we drove home this afternoon in the brilliant sunshine, I thought about my blessings. Due to a rockslide on I-40, we detoured through towns and communities that we'd never seen. Some of the homes were so pitiful...poverty in the mountains still exists today. We see those in poverty overseas, and our hearts break. What about those right down the road from our homes? Houses that look as if they could topple over. Kudzu growing from old pick-ups in the front yard--this house was not abandoned--there was smoke coming from the fireplace. These were truly "the least of these" that Jesus speaks about. I wondered about their Thanksgiving meal...the condition of their house....food for the rest of the week...steady income. Then, knowing the only thing that I could do for them was to pray for God to bless them and meet their needs. Driving along the twisting road, we saw this scenerio over and over. Oh, I pray that God would truly bless their hearts and their lives.

Sweet Blessings!

13 comments:

Kay said...

Susan, thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. I've just had it up and going for about two weeks, so I'm thrilled when someone new comes along.

Loved you pics and stories of thanksgiving. Believe it or not, I especially liked the picture of you and your aunt and mother-in-law because I adore aprons - especially ones that look like they were homemade and well worn! Pass on my appreciation to your mother-in-law please.

I know of the sparse homes you speak of. I've seen them in the hills of Georgia, Tennessee and other eastern states. Yes, the poor are definitely among us and we have a responsibility to care for and pray for them. You touched me with this one.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Kay

Sandy said...

Hi Susan,
Beautiful and love the pix of you and your Auntie and Mo-in-Law! Precious!

Sandy xo

Sassy Granny ... said...

How fun ... the Runner Mom running on Thanksgiving (no doubt to make room for more pie!).

Love the pictures. You ladies are so, so beautiful (there's a contentment in the eyes that shows - not doubt part of your shared DNA).

Blessings,
Kathleen

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

Your boys are getting SOOOO tall! Love the post and yes... we have tons to be thankful for.

HUGS!

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

Wonderful words; wonderful pictures. Love the one of you in that green apron. Precious, truly.

Happy Thanksgiving (weekend.)

Yolanda said...

Susan, you have such a sweet spirit. I am always encouraged because you have a heart for God's people. Lovingly, Yolanda

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Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

OK, Susan, the fact that you found a race to run in another state on Thanksgiving morning...you are amazing! I love your spunk and dedication!

Great pictures.

Happy Thanksgiving...a few days late! :)

Sharon

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Really enjoyed reading your "running account" of your Thanksgiving Day! :) Glad you had a good time with family!

Marilyn...in Mississippi

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Look at you sportin that un-dirtied apron. What a sweet mother-in-love.

tiggerdaisy said...

How fun! Sounds like you had a marvelous Thanksgiving!

Did you take the photo of that bridge? That is one gorgeous photo!

Prayers and blessings,
Rebecca

LisaShaw said...

Hi Sister,

It's been a minute since I've visited with you and I'm so glad that I did. Enjoyed this message and photos. Obviously you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as did we.

I pray a blessed Christmas for your precious family as well. Love you.