Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. It reminds us to have a grateful attitude for the blessings that God has given us, and how much we really do have to be thankful for. It isn't tainted with the commercialism of Christmas; however retailers do their best to take away from the Thanksgiving holiday by pushing special sales, and now stores are opening on Thanksgiving in an effort to boost sales--how unfortunate. To me it takes away from what we should be emphasizing the most, spending time with family, and thanking the God who gives us all things.
Every year I dig out the Thanksgiving decorations. Leanna got so excited to find some pilgrim figurines I had purchased at the dollar store in the states (you gotta love the dollar store in the US) and had a great time playing with them. I hung up the pictures that Nathan, Amy, and Hannah had made way back when they were in elementary school. I am so happy that I have kept them all of these years. It really brings back some pleasant memories, and even though they no longer live with us, or can celebrate Thanksgiving with us, they are with us in spirit.
We had a great day with our German missionary friends, Rudy and Sara Thomas and their three children. The Lord has blessed us with good friends, and it is especially nice because they have daughters around the ages of Rebekah and Leanna. The food and fellowship was enjoyed by all.
Best of all, I got to communicate with my children, and some family members who are half way around the world. Thank the Lord for the technology that allows us to do that.