Thanksgiving week turned out to be a little different than we had originally planned . . . my great-uncle passed away at age 100, and Dad and Mom went to Nebraska for his funeral. While we did not know him very well, he (and his family) had been a special part of our lives (his wife especially who went home to be with the Lord quite a few years ago), and Dad and Mom really wanted to be there to support his family. Meanwhile, Leah and I stayed home to take care of things around here while they were gone.
While the circumstances were sad as it is always hard to lose those you love (especially when you do not know if they had trusted in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior - that is hard!), Dad and Mom had a lot of special times with family and some really good conversations with a number of people as well. It was wonderful to hear how the Lord worked during their trip! They were also able to stop in and see Grandma and Aunt Marci again as the drive brought them right by there.
With all of that, our Thanksgiving was postponed until Saturday. Friday found the kitchen busy with pies, rolls, and a number of other things being made in preparation which is always fun! Music was playing in the background, yummy smells were wafting through the house, and the fridge was slowly filling up.
Saturday we were joined by some friends and what a wonderful day we all enjoyed together. Here is a tiny peek into it . . . .
One of the verse cards on one of the plates
Dad carving the turkey
Part of the table
It was a beautiful day here in Missouri so after the lunchtime meal and after the dishes were finished, we drove out to the Katy Trail and walked a ways down that. Plus some of us climbed up rocks on the side, too. :) They were just begging to be climbed! We had such fun together! So much good and encouraging conversation, and lots of laughter, too.
The Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad lines . . . now the Katy Trail
Me with the youngest of our group after we climbed up the rocks a ways
Whoops! After jumping down into a ditch along the side of the trail, he turned to us and calmly said "there's water in here." Yes, there certainly was! And lots of mud, too! With shoes like in the photo, he went the rest of the way barefooted carried on his dad's shoulders.
A pair of lone geese out on the river
We enjoyed watching a beautiful sunset over the Missouri River . . . what a masterpiece it turned out to be! The heavens truly do declare the glory of God.
As darkness was falling and the temperature was dropping, we brought our walk to an end and headed home to enjoy the pies . . . .
Then it was game time! We played a number of different games and had such fun together. What a blessing friends and family are!
Each Thanksgiving I love to take some time to reflect on the past year and write down those things I am thankful for . . . as my pen flew across the paper, my heart filled even more with thankfulness to the Lord. How very good and faithful He is!
"Blessed be the God and Father of our
Lord Jesus Christ, who according to
His great mercy has caused us to be born again
to a living hope through the resurrection
of Jesus Christ from the dead."
1 Peter 1:3
"Enter His gates with thanksgiving
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him, bless His name.
For the LORD is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting
And His faithfulness to all generations."