Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

It's Thanksgiving Day! Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I know I have a many readers who are not American and who may not be familiar with this particular Holiday so I thought I'd give a quick explanation:

Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving Day, is an annual one-day holiday to give thanks traditionally to God (but this has been "adjusted" of course) for the things one has at the close of the harvest season. The first official Thanksgiving was held in the Virginia Colony on December 4, 1619 near the current site of Berkeley Plantation, where celebrations are still held each year. In the United States, Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday of November. In the United States, certain kinds of food are traditionally served at Thanksgiving meals. First and foremost, turkey is usually the featured item on any Thanksgiving feast table (so much so that Thanksgiving is sometimes referred to as “Turkey Day”). Stuffing, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, Indian corn, other fall vegetables, and pumpkin pie are also commonly associated with Thanksgiving dinner. On Thanksgiving Day, families and friends usually gather for a large meal or dinner. This results in Thanksgiving holiday weekend being one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Friday is often referred to as "Black Friday" and is the busiest shopping day of the year. It's the day that people start shopping for Christmas. Tomorrow, all the Christmas music and decorations will go up. (Thanksgiving: Wikipedia)

We are going to spend a very low-key day with the Ray family today. We will head over there about 2:00, eat about 4:00, and then go to a movie tonight. Trying to keep it simple. We are doing okay, and the Rays are always perfect people to help us get our mind off the dissapointment of the week past. We are actually not doing a turkey. JB is doing a lamb, and Ebby is doing a ham.

I was so blessed this morning. I woke to THREE different emails which included the following scripture:

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Coincidence? JB and I are in good spirits. We are so blessed by each other, our health, and the love of so many of you. We know that we will be parents someday -- of that we know. It will just be neat to see how it plays out. It will be wonderful, ten years from now, to look back at these old blogs, and see how this journey worked out. Last night we had a long talk and Bible read and maybe sometime this week, I will share some of what we found and were encouraged by. The Lord is so present, even in the midst of the storm.

I had a friend who struggled with infertility and now has children write this scripture to me this morning and then write, "I picture God in heaven now with your lost sticky babies at his feet and then I see your children of the future there too." That was so comforting to me -- to know that someday we will meet the 8 little lives that we have lost.

Thank you for remebering us on this Thanksgiving Day. Hope you all have a great one!

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