As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Friday, November 29, 2013

Our Thanksgiving Day {2013}

With grateful hearts, we gathered on Thursday, in the midst of this season of "enough." Some of our number were recovering from yucky colds, some were absent because of illness (and they were sorely missed), and one little girl began the day just fine, and came down with a fever in the middle of her Thanksgiving dinner! Even so, our God reigns and we thanked Him for His blessings. (Isn't everything a gift from His hand? Do we sometimes neglect to thank Him, because the blessing is not packaged as we imagined it would be?)

Here are a few peeks at our Thanksgiving Day...

~ Setting the children's table ~
The children all wish to have their own table. This year, the logistics department decided that Bekah would need to move to an adult table, but some last minute finagling allowed her to sit with her nieces and nephews for another year.

~ Preparing for the feast~
Here is Owen (7) with sweet potato biscuits that he baked himself!
Eve (6) and Nora (4) have a look at Mr. Tom.
This year, our hymn was "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come."

~ The Feast ~
Again, Kristin and Kati were our faithful servers, assisted by Brian and Sarah as needed. 
We were well taken care of.

Peter (3) quietly contemplates a second sweet potato biscuit.

Right after Peter got his biscuit, we had a bit of excitement...
Pinky's tail caught on fire!
Do you see the candle on the cabinet behind and to the right of Peter?
Kristin told me to look out for Pinky who seemed to be contemplating a leap to the top of the door frame (which would have been a bad choice), and just as I looked up, the silly kitty walked across the candle and I saw her tail ignite!  I leaped from my chair, startling everyone, and ran to her, but within nanoseconds, the flame had extinguished. I grabbed Pinky, took her to the sink, and ran cold water over her tail. (She was not happy about that!) But aside from the smell of singed fur, you'd never know anything had happened.
(Something else to be thankful for!)

~ Desserts ~
Pies galore, freshly whipped cream, 
and a show-stopping pumpkin cake made by Brian's mother, Yvonne.
The servers sampled the desserts while Gavin (10) photobombed! 

It is a good day for us when all four of our children are under our roof!
Left to right (and oldest to youngest)...Kristin, Ryan, Kati, and Bekah

We shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house.

Psalm 65:4


  1. Oh dear, Pinky! (Mom's cat singed her whiskers once sniffing a candle!) Looks like it was a wonderful day, Cheryl!

    P.S. Where did you get those cute critter plates for the kids? Are they melamine? China?

    Kim :-)

  2. Looks like a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving at your house Cheryl. I had a mishap, and am confined to the couch, fell Thursday am racing around the kitchen, I think I fractured several toes,. xo

  3. I know this time has been so special for you! The last photo is one to treasure!

    Your tables are beautiful, and what sweet girls to serve everyone.

    I had to laugh at Pinky - I am so glad she wasn't badly injured.

    I hope everyone is feeling better now.


  4. Oh my! Nothing like a lot of excitement to make a day memorable. I hope that "the fever" has been stopped in its tracks. It is no fun to be ill on a special day. And perhaps this Thanksgiving will be forever known as the year Pinky caught her tail on fire! Yikes! Nothing like getting one's heart jumped in that fashion. (I will stop teasing my daughter about being concerned for her cat and candles.)

  5. Oh...forgot to say that we got quite a chuckle over the sweet potato roll gazer (hooray for boys who bake, too!) and your table is beautiful! The new kitchen island sure came in handy, too!

  6. Poor Pinky! No one will forget that! I'm glad all your children could be there. Enjoy the rest of this weekend:)

  7. It's fun to read about your celebration and all the excitement. I hope the little one is feeling better. Love the photo of all your children - isn't it wonderful when they all gather under your roof once more?

  8. Mission Thanksgiving Day accomplished! Sounds like one that will stand out in the memory bank for more reasons than one :)

    Slow down. Catch a breath or two. Stay healthy, d'ya hear?

  9. That looks like a divine feast! Your family is lovely and I can understand your gratitude for you many blessings. I bet your heart skipped when you saw Pinky's tail on fire! Disaster averted!

  10. Kim, the animal plates are melamine! I needed a few plates to fill in the five I purchased for a song a few years ago when there were fewer children. I picked up a few of the animal plates at Walmart in September. Then when they marked them down in October, I decided to buy enough for all of the children! They love them gotta love a fox with plaid ears! :D

  11. Everything looked and sounded wonderful....except for pinky's tail of course! We had a small kitchen fire the first Thanksgiving at our new home 3 years ago...never will forget. And it was a small candle that go over looked. We all just sat down and ate like nothing happened, haha. And oh your right....NOTHING like having all of your kids under your roof at the same time. I live for those times as it just doesn't happen often anymore since my youngest married and moved 1000 miles away. Cherish these days.

  12. Those plates are soooooo cute! I'll have to be on the lookout for them!

    Kim :-)


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