Tuesday, December 01, 2015

A Branson Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is typically a time to gather at home, enjoying the together-ness of family.

But sometimes you have to improvise:
Which has been the story of our Branson Thanksgiving.

Since all our married siblings traveled to Iowa to spend the weekend with our grandparents (post forthcoming), we decided to make some new memories with the eleven of us in our Branson cabin.

Food preparations

Lighting candles

We started an (annual???) Turkey trot run. 

Running has become a new discipline for our family this year, so everyone headed out for a mile-run in the brisk morning air. 

Table decor

How much we have to be grateful for this year. 

A yearly tradition for our family is to make an extensive list of gratitude over the past year. 

Specific events. 
New skills learned. 
Precious relationships.
Answered prayers. 
Unexpected blessings. 
Lessons attained through challenges. 

As we went around and shared, Mom is the family secretary and writes down our yearly list. 

It causes us to step back and realize how MUCH we have to thank the Lord for. 

The feast.

"Oh, give thanks to the LORD
for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever."
1 Chron 16:34

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