Giving Thanks

Two days before Thanksgiving, and we had to make the decision not to host Thanksgiving at our new home. For as long as I can remember, I have always been sick on or close to this holiday. Truly wanting to look forward to it, I bring out the turkey drawings, ceramic turkeys, pumpkin decorations, and scented pumpkin candles. I glitter acorns and press leaves for the dining room table.

This morning I looked like the grinch before Christmas, all grouchy and slouching around. Grumbling and down. Crying only made me go in to an uncontrollable coughing fit. This is when I remembered, not everything is about me.

This past weekend, my cousin and his wife, who we had not seen for over 25 years, and their 2 youngest kids visited. Our kids and grandkids came over. We stayed up late. We laughed and talked. We cooked out, eating and having our own Thanksgiving time with them. They didn’t want to leave and we didn’t want to see them go. Time really does go too fast. For family, we give thanks.

Daisy and Oreo, our puppies, can race from the fireplace, up the couch and through the kitchen in as little as what seems 2 seconds flat. We hadn’t had dogs for over 6 years and we missed their furry bodies. Wet noses unexpectedly touching your leg, making you laugh and jump. Loving eyes staring in to yours. Falling asleep next to you on the couch. Making you laugh more than you have lately, as they play with their toys. For our dogs, we give thanks.

For my husband who has taken such good care of his family. Who works very hard every day. Who gives from the heart. We give thanks.

For our children, their spouses, and our grandchildren, who show their love for us in so many ways. We give thanks.

For our salvation, our faith in things not seen. The Lord up above. The angels all around. We give thanks.

For our freedom. Our beautiful country. For when we reach out and help those around us. For hugs and smiles. We all need them. We give thanks.

For a year that saw a lot of growth. For a year that held a lot of prayers. For a year that felt a lot of strength and love from not only above, but from our whole family and friends, we truly give thanks.

Have a happy and thankful day. Happy Thanksgiving wherever you are, and like us, whenever you have it. :)Jen

All Moved In

The house is clean and all the furniture arrived and arranged. The house now looks like our home and I like that. If someone walked in, they might think we have been here for awhile. Inside painting will happen in December and this will complete the look.

Thanksgiving will be at our farm this year. Last year was at our old home. Our children stepped up and cooked my recipes I had written out. A few days before, I was in a terrible car accident right in our front yard. I gave Thanks For This because as I flipped a few times and was seriously hurt, my family was able to comfort me till the ambulance arrived. This year I will have the help of cooking from our daughters, but I will be able to join in!

Our two puppies, Daisy the bulldog, and Oreo the Blue Heeler/Shepherd are learning beginner commands and finding their sweet way in to our hearts. Right now I hear Oreo barking at the very large groundhog that lives under our outbuildings right past our temporary puppy fence.

The fence around the house and some of the outbuildings is just started. Posts in the ground. Cedar log poles in cement anchoring the big farm gate. We have learned painfully that we are not as agile as we used to be and that cut hands and swollen feet greatly slow you down.

Nighttime is very different out here in the country versus the busy highway we lived on. Sirens all the time. Constant traffic. The nights are quiet and dark. Very dark. We can just stand outside and look up and we see thousands of stars. All is wonderfully silent.

Cleaned up one of the outbuildings for our new microgreen business. Cleaned up the very large shop that holds our tools, lawnmowers, farm truck, and room to warmly house sheep we believe we would like to raise.

The chicken coop still stands patiently waiting for when we repair, clean, and paint her after the New Year.

The barn is ready to be tilled and warm hay to be spread out on both sides of her. The middle of the barn needs a lot of tender care to make her feel young and beautiful again. She will receive a much needed makeover. She will open her doors eagerly to new spring animals.

This is all new to us, and we have worked hard. Limping around, we have enjoyed resting our body for a few, to get back up again.

Our view is beyond amazing. Tennessee hills. Leaves slowly changing, gently falling. Deer and turkey. Crisp mornings. Warm days. Acorns hitting the ground all around. The Lord has truly blessed us. He loves us, and that, we are truly thankful for.