Turkey Week is finally here & for the Goodmama Household that means lots of things!
Today SG and I begun our first annual tradition with my mama this year prepping for tomorrow night’s big dinner at her house. Mama did lots of chopping, I did lots of chatting (shocking!) and SG did lots of scooting around in her jumpero that Grandma & Grandpa bought her. (Ocean theme of course!)
Thanksgiving Day will bring the three of us an early a.m. annual football game for the hubby (SG and I are looking forward to bundling up and cheering dad on-with a BUX in hand of course)…. Mama’s hoping to get a spin class in before ALL the eating… & then we will get ready-dress Samantha Grace in her gorgeous Thanksgiving dress & head out to not ONE but TWO delicious Thanksgiving meals. I absolutely love the busyness of Thanksgiving day. For an extrovert like myself-I love the hustle and bustle of the day-hugging family & friends, telling stories, praying, toasting the beginning of the Holiday Season, and the incredible & amazing food.
Friday evening we will meet up for an annual gathering of friends from my hubby’s high school. These sweet friends have now become my near and dear-yet another reason to be thankful.
Hoping the rest of the weekend includes decorating…(J Good you reading this? 🙂 I will need help getting those boxes down, so in advance, I apologize :)…Spending time making memories as our little family of three and maybe some black friday shopping?! The deals look TO good to miss! OH, OH, OH-possibly the purchasing of a Christmas Tree? This year I want to get it up early and soak all the Christmas spirit in with hubby & sweet Sam Grace.
Most of all, what I love about the season & spirit of Thanksgiving is how is causes me to slow down- pause and reflect on what God has done & will continue to do in my life and the lives of those around me. This year has been so unique. Many highs & many lows. Circumstances SO wonderful- that I reflect on them-and just smile. Smile & Laugh and feel SUCH Joy. I just feel an abiding sense of thankfulness, gratefulness, and so undeserving of them.
And yet, this year has also brought about some incredible challenges. Adversity that rocked ME to my core… Adversity that challenged who I was, what I thought about God, and just plain rocked my faith….
Highs & Lows…They always seem to be mixed up together don’t they?
AND YET, AND STILL- I am thankful. I feel overwhelmingly blessed. When I look into my daughter’s eyes, when I hold my hubby’s hand, when I am spending QUALITY time with my family, when I see that sunset painted in the sky, when I laugh hard with friends, when I am with my church family, and most of all when I am in the presence of the Lord.
Things in this world are messy, circumstances uncertain, & outcomes many times unknown. The beautiful is mixed with the messiness of this world. And at times, its hard to say “thanks” when we don’t how life is going to turn out. And yet, we still say thanks.
When I was running (aka…running, walking, putting the binky back into the mouth, getting to Starbucks with Samantha in one piece) this morning, I thought of this verse from John…
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world
you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
I am so thankful that the God we serve has overcome this messy yet beautiful world. He brings peace in the midst of the highs & the lows. I felt reassured when I remembered this verse. I am covered with his grace and mercy through the thick and the thin-the sweet & the sour. I rest knowing that I know the end to the story. AND the ending is a good one.
Happy Thanksgiving. From Our Table to Yours.
The Goodmama Gang