I wanted to just stop in and leave a little update and wish everyone a beautiful Thanksgiving....
Mr. P and G is home and we are doing something a little different this year. Last year I spent at least 8 hours cooking and probably at least that long cleaning up afterwards and it took our children about 10 minutes to enjoy every bite.
Mama wasn't up for that this year.
Can anyone else relate?
So we are going on a little road trip and taking a break from our normal routine and will be spending a few days reading lots of fairytales and bible stories to our children, sipping hot cocoa with fluffy marshmallows and going for lots of walks and enjoying these precious ones more than ever. I'm also hoping to take at least a thousand pictures of their precious faces. I've been busy capturing them more than usual. Documenting their childhood in letters and photographs. Two of my favorite things to do.....
In addition after the year we have had I've found myself this November filled with gratitude on a new level.
And it doesn't have anything to do with turkey and cornbread dressing.
It doesn't have anything to do with Black Friday . And really nothing at all to do with rushing the next holiday and attempting to get the tree up and decorated.
For me this year, Thanksgiving is a place.
It's a spiritual posture that I can walk in every, single day. Or not.
I don't need a big meal this year, where folks eat too much and then pass out for the rest of the day to prove how thankful I am.
I want to be as thankful on a regular Monday as I am on actual Thanksgiving.
I love the Holidays. I mean I absolutely adore them. But this year it's so different for me.
I've arrived at my destination and it's called Thanksgiving.
Where gratitude and attitude are the state and capital.
It's a place. And I'm resting in it this year. Knowing that the Father doesn't need me to host, cook or create a huge meal. Knowing that He is interested in the condition of my heart and what's going on inside it more than how pretty the table is set or how good the pumpkin pie is.
It isn't a day for me this year. It's a place and I never want to leave.
No matter what happens in life. This is where I am taking up my permanent residence.
I want to rest in this place whether God provides simple daily "manna" or whether it's a year flowing with milk and honey. I have to. I've had to walk through many valleys so that I can teach my children about what Thanksgiving really means out of a true and deep heart knowledge.
Not just head knowledge.
And I've always been thankful. But this year, it's an entirely different level.
It's a place inside that even though everything is not okay. It's okay. And even though things are really difficult and really hard. It's okay. And even though God has allowed certain circumstances and situations that are pressing and crushing...it's okay. I will praise Him and thank Him and trust Him in the midst of it all.
Because my heart has a new address this year......
2010 Thanksgiving Circle