Dennis's parents were here last week, so we made a turkey and all the trimmings then. They left Monday. The rest of my siblings are with inlaws this year, so tomorrow's going to be a quiet day at the Raising Five house.
It would be tempting to take tomorrow and finish the laundry, clean house, and work on yard projects. But I don't want the lack of company to dilute the significance of what is one of my favorite holidays. We have been blessed beyond measure, and I am so thankful. I want my kids to know that we celebrate this holiday, not just because usually it's a big family shin-dig, but because God has done great things for us.
So it's out with the china, a bit of (enjoyable) slavery in the kitchen, some candles, and (for the first time ever) we get to create our very own family version of Thanksgiving Day. I'm excited.
Happy Thanksgiving! I'll see you next week!
It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently, and gratefully acknowledged, as with one heart and one voice, by the whole American people.
I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens.
And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners, or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore if, as soon as may be consistent with the divine purpose, to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity, and union.
Abraham Lincoln, 1863