“May the LORD, the God of Israel,
be praised from everlasting to everlasting.
Amen and amen.”
Psalm 41:13

 

What a week! This has been one of the best Thanksgivings I can remember! We had the opportunity this week to spend time with every member our families! At my parent’s house, we were joined by my grandparents, my brother and his family from FL, and my sister, who is sorting through the details of moving to MN. My aunt and cousin and his family from GA made it up, and it was great to see them as I haven’t had much opportunity to spend time with them over the last few years. What a tremendous blessing for us all to be under one roof!!

Family T-Day 2010

We were, also, able to spend time with my wife’s family while in town, as well as, her extended family from W. TN. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law (alone with some assistance from my wife and a few others) prepared a wonderful Thanksgiving meal on Friday…we ate both fried & smoked turkey, played a little football, and was introduced to a game called “Wits & Wagers.” What a great time!!

It really sunk in this week about the stage of life that I’m in. With nieces and cousins running around with my own 3 kids, I realized that I am, in fact, a grown-up.

We have a great deal to be thankful for, not the least of which is the ability to take time off from work to drive 12 hours to spend a week with our family! Don’t get me wrong…I’m not a fan of the drive, but, even with the bouncing around from house to house, I found myself very grateful for the family heritage of my wife and me and all the blessings of God’s grace in my life.

Among other things: our church family (which is an incredible place to serve/work and fellowship with our church family), our home (purchased this year), God’s abundant provisions in my life and family, my 3 AMAZING children, and the most INCREDIBLE wife and mother on the planet!!

If nothing else (though it was so much more), Thanksgiving 2010 was a productive, meaningful time of reflection on the grace of God!!