Giving Thanks with a Grateful Heart!

Thanksgiving… a time of reflections and giving thanks for all the blessings in our lives.   We typically celebrate it by gathering with friends and family and eating the traditional turkey and dressing with all the fixins’ and top it off with all kinds of pumpkin pies and desserts.  The turkey isn’t the only thing that is stuffed on Thanksgiving – we do it to ourselves as well!

An afternoon of football games on the TV, watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in the morning and now add the “early” black Friday sales.  I love the Thanksgiving holiday – not only because of the reminder to give thanks for our abundant blessings- but for great food and fellowship with our families….and don’t foget a four-day weekend!   I don’t do the “black” Friday shopping frenzy.   I don’t like shopping crowds and I don’t know of anything I need bad enough to fight for it.

We have always traced Thanksgiving Day to the celebration for their harvest that the Pilgrams had in Plymouth Rock.  I have learned that Thanksgiving in our earlier nation took place with a church service giving thanks to God.  It didn’t start out as a feast.    I am sure someone later (possibly Baptist as they are known for their casseroles…and yes, I can say that since I am Baptist!) decided food was needed  and started the covered dish potluck.

As I reflect on my blessings and give thanks, I am so thankful for family, friends, my health, my country, my church, and all the little things we all take for granted each day – like a roof over my head and food in my belly!   My wish for you is a safe, comfortable and blessed Thanksgiving. 

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, and His truth endures to all generationsPsalm 100:4

Just a few pictures of my “Thanksgiving” season decorating.  I love the fall colors and  enjoy the simple “things” of this season more each year.



Strawberry Shortcake Party Time

I’m sorry it’s been a while since my last post.    Fall is my favorite time of the year and I get carried away with the cooler weather and fall projects.  It seems once we hit October, there is never enough time!  My granddaughter, Parker, turned 4 in October and she had a Strawberry Shortcake birthday party.  I remember when my girls were young and Strawberry Shortcake was so popular.  Now it seems Strawberry Shortcake is back again! 

The weather was beautiful and we were able to celebrate with an outdoor party.  A lot of Parker’s friends from preschool came and lots of family.   My daugher did a great job in decorating with the strawberry theme and with the food.   She served stawberry lemonaide, strawberry milk, strawberry jelly/peanut butter sandwiches, hotdogs and fresh fruit including, of course, strawberries. 

Her cake was adorable and, of course, it was strawberry flavored cake.  A friend of Parker’s mom from college, Shelby, decorated her cake.  Doesn’t she do a beautiful cake?  Not only was it beautiful and pleased Parker “pink”,  but it was also delicious!

I made her Strawberry Shortcake dress and what fun it is to sew little girl’s dresses once again.  I actually gave up sewing for my daughters when they were young – not enough time and it stressed me.  Now it is totally different.  It’s just another reason to love having grandchildren!  My daughter picked out the dress on Pinterest and gave me a picture to go by.  I found a pattern that was close and modified it to match the picture.  Parker was thrilled with it – which of course, thrilled me! 

Check out the strawberry necklace!  Pinterest to the rescue again to find a tutorial on making strawberries.  I may have gotten did get a little carried away, as she even had a strawberry on her headband…but she isn’t wearing it in this picture.  Lily, our daughter’s lab is right in the middle of it all!  I think she wanted a strawberry collar.

Since Halloween is so close to her birthday, Parker wore her Strawberry Shortcake dress again and her baby sister wore a strawberry costume!  Let me tell you – they were the cutest strawberries in the line at Church  for Treats and Eats.  (Spoken like a true Mimi.)

Speaking of the Treats and Eats, Pop and I decided to get in on the action this year and we decorated a trunk and handed out treats to kid, and even more kids  

Our theme was “Follow Me and I will Make you Fishers of Men”.  Matthew 4:19.   We had a lot of fun getting all the items together to create a “fishing hole” and dressing up ourselves as fishermen.  (Sorry, we never got a picture in our costumes. We were kind of busy.)  We thought about letting the kids actually “fish” for candy but when you face a line of over 1,500 children, we decided it would take too long.   Our Church fed supper to our community as well, handing out hotdogs and chili in our Christian Life Center.  This was the largest crowd we have ever hosted for Treats and Eats.  We handed out approximately 2,000 hotdogs!  The hours were from 5 until 7 pm – but we didn’t stop handing out candy until 8 pm.  What a night and what a ministry opportunity!  The children were adorable and we had the chance to see a lot of old and new friends.

Since Halloween and the birthday bash, my energy has been directed to making a Thanksgiving (turkey) dress for both girls and filling orders for embroidery and applique.  This is a busy time of year for monograms and other personalized gifts.  Thank goodness my daughter has learned to use my machine and can help with all the jobs that are coming in. I am also working on a birthday dress for Pace who will be 1 in December.  (She is so stinkin’ cute!)  

Can’t wait to show you pictures of the Turkey dresses and Pace’s birthday dress! 

Whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things. Philippians 4:8