Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!


So much to be thankful for....

So thankful for the chance, once again this year, to be here to say THANKS.

Thank you God, for blessing our family this year, for preserving us, for your mercy and your grace.

Amen.


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The first Thanksgiving in our farmhouse, 1991, was a cold, dark blustery day. We had moved in only weeks before. But it was warm inside, and I steamed up the windows making a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. It was a good time, a special holiday in our "new" old house. As we were eating in the dining room, just outside the window, we watched snow start to fall.

It wasn't just a few flurries, it was huge, fluffy snowballs falling from the sky! They were coming fast and furious. It was beautiful and like being inside of your very own snow globe.

It wasn't long before the ground was covered, and when the dishes were all done and put away, it was soon time to pull out the snow pants and boots, and the kids and their dad and I all went outside and there was enough snow to build a nice snowman, the first of the season. Building the first snowman is always a fun-filled time and lots of laughing and leaves happy kids with very pink cheeks!

Soon the dryer is running with wet, matted snowy mittens and scarves and wet snow pants, and the wonderful smell of snow all around you. (Yes, snow does have a smell, it's a totally clean, fresh, snappy smell!)

The tea kettle whistles and soon those pink-cheeked kids are sipping hot cocoa with a marshmallow on top.


That Thanksgiving Day was almost magical to me, and I will always remember it. Having moved in just days before, I took it as a sign that we would have many happy days in this old house. Turns out that was true and for that, I am thankful.

And now, I can't help myself, I always find myself watching for another magical snow on Thanksgiving.

13 comments:

Donna said...

Have a Great Day sweetie!!hughugs

Mandie said...

Amen and Happy Thanksgivng to you!

from our front porch... said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Joni, and your entire family!
Blessings, Misha, J, and all the critters!

~~Carol~~ said...

Happy Thanksgiving, and your header is so lovely! It's the perfect country Christmas!

Becca's Dirt said...

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Angie said...

That is a lovely post, Joni! I love the imagery from your first Thanksgiving in your new old home, especially the feeling of being inside your very own snow globe. Sounds like a magical time!

I found your blog from Gooseberry Patch's blogroll. Don't you just love catching up on all their news? It's so delightful!

I also follow the Pioneer Woman. I was going to go to her book signing, but wasn't able to go. She is fun to follow.

Have a warm and wonderful Thanksgiving~

Honorablyfallen said...

Thank you for visiting my blog and your sweet comment! Happy Thanksgiving! Sarahlynn

Donna said...

Best wishes for a terrific holiday! Pour that gravy on and enjoy, LOL!

Anne Marie said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you too!!

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

You have a beautiful home!!! I love it!!! Happy Thanksgiving! :)

Katy~The Country Blossom said...

And I want to add...it seems that you and I have identical "political" views. I, too, feel common sense has left the govt. Do you watch Glenn Beck? :)

aimee said...

Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving Day! May it be a magical one for you.
Blessings,
Aimee

mary your sis said...

What sweet memories.. have a very happy Thanksgiving!