Sunday, August 4, 2013

Family Fish Fry and Church Day = Thankfulness

Yesterday, I made a Texas Chocolate Sheet Cake and then we hopped in the van and drove down to Mom and Dad's farm.  We met up with Mom and Dad, Sister and Youngest brother, and their families. Although there were a few missing, thirteen of us gathered around the kitchen table to celebrate Dad's birthday.

On our way to the farm, we stopped in at Aunt and Uncle's log cabin restaurant and picked up fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, and their famous salad. I offered a quick hello to Aunt Prayer Warrior, Uncle Songleader, Cousin Christmas, and Pastor Cousin who were all there taking care of the crowd of hungry customers in their bustling dining rooms.  

Then, we drove on down the road a few more miles to the farm where Sister and Brother-In-Law were frying up fish they had recently caught. Dad was busy making homemade ice cream, and Mom was fizzing around her kitchen putting last minute touches on the rest of the food.  As always, we had plenty to eat.  

Once Youngest Brother and family arrived, we loaded up the table and bowed our heads as Dad prayed thanksgiving over all of us and the meal.  As the food was passed and everyone enjoyed the feast, lively chatter filled the air from one end of the long table to the other.  

After the delicious meal, we enjoyed dessert, sang Happy Birthday to Dad, showered him with gifts, and then laughed until we cried remembering some of our favorite moments from other times the family has been gathered together.  Several stories were told about past family vacations and pictures were brought out as well.  It was pure fun.

It was easy to fulfill my August Quest yesterday because as we spent time with family, I couldn't help but feel thankful that we are currently living near most of our family.  It's been a great blessing for us to reconnect and spend time with my parents, siblings, our niece, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who sure feel like family.  

Today was Church Day and as the four of us settled into our pew at church, I looked over at the three fine men sitting with me and my heart swelled with thankfulness.  Again, today it was easy to meet my August Quest goal because attending church together as a family means a lot to me.  

It blesses me greatly to know that my boys know the Lord....that He is important in their lives...that they love Him....that they seek to do His will in their lives...that they believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on a cross for their salvation...that they have accepted that incredible gift...that they work to honor God in their daily lives...that they spend time reading God's Word...and worship Him.  Of course this makes me so very very grateful....and hopeful for their future.

There is much to be thankful for this August.

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