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Photo: Martha G. Brady

All is quiet. Another Thanksgiving is finished. Leftovers are put away. Two of our three daughters and their families were here today. It was delightful. No, I didn’t cook the whole meal. My other local daughter cooked much of it. I only did part of it…and hosted. I think we each got to do our favorite parts!

I bought some flowers and livened up the place. I bought too much food. (not unusual.) I don’t know what I was thinking! Our out of town family will only be here another full day. Then they will head home on Saturday.

It was fun to watch the cousins together. There is a bit of a gap between them made larger because adolescence is hitting the local cousins and isn’t near the ones who are visiting. But the older ones managed it with grace!

This year, particularly the boys, wanted to learn about Black Friday from the visiting dad and uncle. who is quite the Black Friday afficianodo. The girls decided to join in too, so late in the day, they all took off on a training mission to Best Buy. The moms followed in a different car. Fortunately, they weren’t trying for any door breakers, so it was safe to go. I think they all got their curiosity satisfied. It remains to be seen whether this will become a family tradition. Our older grandson didn’t have much money, but I can see the day coming when he might be low on funds, but have more money than he did today. Then He might make use of the skills he learned. We’ll see.

Photo: Martha G. Brady

I know I’m rambling, but I must say, I found much to be thankful for today. We have a delightful family. (Our third daughter called from the Seattle area.) GOD has been very gracious to us. We are grateful!

Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other;
as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,
singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:12-17 ESV

Blessings to you today as another official Thanksgiving has passed. I’m trying to learn to make it a part of my everyday life, whether I’m going through a good season or not. How about you?

Photo: Martha G. Brady