This Thanksgiving was particularly memorable with special things to be grateful for on the weekend itself:
- A gorgeous autumn hike with my husband, children and parents on Saturday afternoon. This combination of fisherman’s path and marked trail allowed us to see beechnuts, purple forget-me-nots, chestnuts, assorted pine trees and fall foliage. My dad’s dog Skippy wanted to lead the way through his familiar territory.
- A Sunday morning worship service. Being among the people where I was raised is always a highlight, but a Sunday church service is easily taken for granted. There was electricity, a pastor to lead, instruments to guide our singing and a Bible to open and read. The elder’s prayer was very moving. The pastor’s message about the healing of ten lepers in Luke 17 gave new insights.
- A broken relationship took a first step in being restored through forgiveness.
- Holding the music while my son played trumpet for his grandparents; cutting vegetables while my daughter practiced the flute.
- A visit with my sister and her husband and two nieces. The older niece enjoyed our company so much that she tried to stop us from leaving by two different methods!
- Thanksgiving dinner of local produce: roast beef raised by my uncle, green beans planted by my dad and my daughter at the end of July, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and squash-apple bake (see previous post for recipe). For dessert, we had custard pudding molded in the shape of a bunny and a fish with a fruit sauce made of red currants, a traditional Dutch treat.