Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Our Thanksgiving...

Happy Thanksgiving!!! It's been forever and a day since I have posted! But I am determined to get back on track with blogging! It's something I so much enjoy and I want to remember and capture the fun things we do and all the incredible Blessings the Lord has so graciously given to us! So here's hoping that this time I stay with it! Ha!! We had the pleasure of hosting Thanksgiving this year!! What a blast it was! Growing up my parents home was the place to gather for just about all our holidays! I loved it. Both my Mom and Dad truly enjoyed opening up out home to family and friends. I have such awesome memories growing up with all my cousins around and Aunts and Uncles and I want our kids to experience the same thing! I LOVE to cook and entertain, so it was so nice to be able to do it! We had about 20 people and it was great! Here's the turkey I made it was so good and everyone seemed to enjoy!

Can you believe the only other picture I got on that day was this one our oldest Madyson and our nephew John. They are only 9 months apart and it's so crazy to see them growing up so fast!!
We have so MUCH to be Thankful for this year. God has poured our blessings to us that we are so humbled by. Jayson recently got a new job that he absolutely LOVES! (Praise him that is so important for a man isn't it? You need to LOVE what you do right?)"Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation. (Psalms 100:4, 5 NLT) Doesn't that just sum it all up? Our God is so good to us. We need to have that same Thankful heart all the time that we do on Thanksgiving! That is my prayer to be thankful in all circumstances and all the time! I can't stop thanking God for all things he has done. We have had a crazy season in our life and it seemed to last forever!!!!! It started almost 2 years ago around the time my daddy passed away :( It was crazy before that since my dad suffered from cancer, but around the time of his passing God allowed a crazy challenging time in our lives. Even though things were incredible difficult and uncertain (My husband lost his job 2 weeks after my dad's passing) and trails seem to keep on coming. I am so thankful for that time also because it helped so much draw us closer to him and strength our relationship with him so much. We clung to Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still easier said then done... so hard to be still and let God work ...but through it all we are thankful and humbled by all God has done! Back to Thanksgiving :) My mom came down and was able to spend the night with us which was AWESOME! I don't know who enjoyed it more me or the kids ha! But Black Friday instead of hitting the store (like we did before we had kids!) we started a new tradition a few years ago and we stay in and decorate for Christmas! The kids LOVE it and so do we! It's the perfect time since the house is so fresh and clean! Beats beating the crowd any day!!
That's my Momma and our littlest who is almost 3! We stayed in our Pj's and just really enjoyed our day! We did 2 trees this year a kids one where we let them pick out the lights and ornaments and such and our tree Primitive/Country and exactly how I like it haha! So fun to have 2 trees!!
That's the kids tree finished! I thought they did great!!
Kids helping daddy with our tree in the dining room
Our Finished product!! House is decorated! LOVE This Christmas season!!! Blessings Stacey xo