This blog is simply the story about my little life
with my sweet family that the Lord has blessed me with
and the day in, day out things that we do.
It basically is my online diary/photo album of our life.
I'm glad you're here!
~~~o0o~~~

Monday, November 30, 2015

A very blessed Thanksgiving!

We had such a lovely Thanksgiving and I'm very thankful! My husband and I hosted it and we had 17 guests!
My son, Cameron, is helping my father find a place to sit. Cameron and his wife, Megan, picked up my mother and father at their assisted living facility.
Here's my father with his sister, Helen, and their brother, George.
Here's my mother with my sister's sons, Joseph and Samuel.
My hubby, brother-in-law, Ralph and father-in-law, Jim.
Two of my beautiful daughter-in-laws, Rachelle and Megan.
Rachelle greeting my father.
Grayson's showing Ralph his stitches from where he almost cut off three of his fingers. Ouch! I'm so thankful they are all healing so well!
The turkey's reading! Let's eat!
It was a little crazy seating everyone, but we did it!
Group shot! We had a full table!
Let's start passing the food.
There are so many great dishes!
Me with my one true love!
Mmmm!
Daddy and Mamma!
Cameron and Megan!
Grayson and Rachelle!
Hayden, Cameron and Megan.
Daddy, Mamma and Aunt Helen.
I look like I'm worried about how much gravy Hayden is taking. haha
My sister, Kelli, with her hubby, Ralph and their two boys, Sam and Joe.
Me and my boy!
We played a really fun game after dinner.
I'm so thankful that I have these memories of playing the game with my parents.
Kelli and Aunt Helen. Our team lost. :(
Me with my Dad and Mom. I love them and I am so thankful we had this Thanksgiving together!

"He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God." Romans 14:6a

Friday, November 27, 2015

Farewell....

Farewell my friends. It's time for me to say goodbye. Well, for now any way, we will see if the Lord leads me to continue blogging. My very first blog post was written on August 19, 2007, (click here to read) and was about me making strawberry jam with my dear daughter-in-love, Brittany, who was actually my son's girlfriend back then. A lot has happened since that post. All four of my sons moved out, three got married, one got divorced, I became a grammie, we moved to the country, I had a few job changes, my parents moved to assisted living and I lost my dear mother-in-law. I was 46 back then and had no idea how happy I really was. Life has beat me up a little lately and I am rethinking everything. I want to be living for the Lord. My heart has been broken. I have lost some of my dreams. I have been humbled. God has been amazing and I have had so many blessings, too numerous to count. I feel like I need a sabbatical from a lot of things in my life. My husband and I are empty nesters and looking forward to the next chapter in our lives. Thank you for following my blog. Thank you for becoming my blogland friend. It's been a very fun, creative and rewarding journey. Who knows, I might come back, but for now, this feels right.

So long my friends. May the Lord richly bless you!

"The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

Hugs, Sharon
12.1.15

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Preparing for Thanksgiving!

 Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we are ready!
 The front porch is decorated and ready to greet our guests!
 The house is decorated...
 ...with pilgrims and turkeys galore!
 Antique turkey salt and pepper shakers adorn my windowsill.
 The pie safe is all decked out!
 Some of my vintage Gurley candles mixed with other fun treasures.
 I glued this vintage cardboard turkey to an old board found on our property. I love it!
 I found this cute book at a thrift store this year.
Warm touches in the family room.
 A "stuffed" turkey and classic Thanksgiving book, Cranberry Thanksgiving.
I filled the centerpiece box with pumpkins and rose hips from the property and some pilgrims and turkeys. My husband found the shed antlers in the woods.
 I love this box my hubby made for me from old fence boards!
 I got my 33+ year old Thanksgiving notes that I took when I was a young woman as I watched my mother prepare Thanksgiving.
 I prepared the menu and the grocery list.
 I went shopping with a very special little person last Wednesday. We had a fun little surprise of seeing two black birds walking around in the grocery store!
 So excited to get a free turkey because I purchased over $100.00!
 Baby boy says it's a good turkey!
 I started planning the dishes.
Started defrosting the turkey on Sunday.
 Today I prepared it and put it in a bag. This is my favorite way of preparing the bird. It always turns out so moist, flavorful and tender!
 I boiled the giblets and neck along with onion and celery. I will use this broth tomorrow for the stuffing!
 Normally I would peel the potatoes, but this year....
 ....I'm trying something new. I got this tip on line, you simply make a cut in the skin all the way around  the potato with a knife and.....
 ....boil them. After you drain them, the skin comes right off. I sure hope it works. I'll find out tomorrow!
The table is set and we are ready to host Thanksgiving dinner for 16 of our relatives tomorrow! I can't wait!

Wishing you a very happy Thanksgiving with all of your loved ones!

"I will praise the name of God with song, and shall magnify Him with thanksgiving!" Psalm 69:30

Hugs, Sharon
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