Friday, October 14, 2016

Giving Thanks

The beauty of autumn surrounds our home inside and outside.
The harvest is completed and it's always wonderful to gather as family.

You know how it is....trying to get everyone together to say grace?
So we just bowed our heads right there where the children were playing.

In everything give thanks; 
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
It's hard to set the table knowing one family is missing.
But texts and photos keep us smiling.
Cannon, we love you!

Following the meal, with full tummies, we made our annual walk to the pumpkin patch.
Some walked....

While Ivy found Opa's tractor and insisted on  a ride.

 The boys jumped on the loader and hollered.
"Higher Opa Higher"

Lots of laughter about the 'obnoxious pumpkin'!
Ivy was puzzled.
Who was the culprit?

The evening had us sitting around the fire pit eating our pie,
drinking coffee and sharing our thoughts on Thanksgiving.
The tradition of dropping a kernel of corn into the fire pit
continued as everyone shared a word of Thanks.
Ivy expressed herself saying, "I'm thankful for Cousins."

As the sun goes down below the horizon, I have much to be thankful for.
Happy hearts, children on your lap, full tummies. a day full of thanks.
We are a family....blended, balanced, growing, changing, never static,
moving with a breath of wind....
babies, children, mother's, father's, grandparents, aunts and uncles:
held together by loving memories and a framework of invisible threads.