"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving?! Better Early than

never.  As anyone with adult children understands, coordinating schedules are quite a task.   Looking back when we did not have our oldest here for Thanksgiving because he was in Afghanistan, we realized a day is made when the family gathers!  With that mindset, we planned and then celebrated Thanksgiving last Saturday.

This year Thanksgiving was rather unique and we had many firsts to make note of.
For the first time ever, we had all adult children attend the celebration.

For the first time ever, we had two tables for the holiday.

For the first time ever, we had soon to be daughters-in-law
with us.

For the first time ever~we had one of our son's soon to be in-laws
share this special day.

For the first time ever, we celebrated Thanksgiving with the A/C
on during the day.  
For the first time ever, after our Thanksgiving celebration,
we all gathered around the firepit and enjoyed each others

Oh and for the first time ever the parents of the groom to be(us), 
and the parents of the bride to be (the new in-laws) were the last 
ones at the celebration!

This year, in spite of the times, we on the farm have so much to be
thankful for.

We are thankful for God and His Son.
We are thankful that our children are growing into the people they are.
We are thankful for the new family we all are gaining. 
We are thankful that we were all able to gather.
We are thankful that as the time passes, we have space
to add another table.
We are thankful that we were able to feed the family.
We are thankful for the love of our family.
We are thankful to those of you that visit the blog!



Susan said...

MUCH to be thankful for!!!!

Patti said...

When I was young and newly married, holidays were so hard to figure out with work, two families, etc.
My mom always "took whatever time she could get" with us, and took it as if it were just what she wanted. It was such a blessing to us. I know your four, I mean six, feel the same. God bless you all.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Thank you Jen, for sharing your family joy and love!

My daughter just got engaged on Thursday so I know a bit about what you're talking about. Love, family, thankfulness.


Pat said...

What a beautiful table!!

What great family fellowship!!

When is the wedding?

I am thankful for you and your friendship and encouragement!

Humble wife said...

Susan-yes we do. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Patti-that is exactly how I feel. Whatever time I get with my cuties I cherish. thank you and God Bless you too my friend!

Oh Deanna-it is such a wonderful time for the kids. I am certain you are feeling the same way too.

Oh Pat(((hugs))you are always so kind and sweet, I am thankful for our friendship! The wedding is Dec 1!