Rejoice, Again and Again…

Thanksgiving 2020! Who would have guessed what the year would hold? Well, God knew before the New Year’s bell tolled. We can and should rejoice and be thankful even with what 2020 has dealt to our “normal” lives.

My sister sent a challenge to all my sisters and me (four of us) earlier this week: collect the little treasures from the day that God gifts to us and share at the end of the day. Amazing results. Thanks for the reminder, Sis!

On that day I sat in the rental car office awaiting my rental since my car had to make a detour to the service department. For an hour and a half, I read, walked, prayed, and thought about the little treasures. Wait, wasn’t I having to spend extra money for a rental, plus money to fix my car? Yep! But the challenge was to find treasures. I did…because of shortage of economy cars to rent, I received a brand new 600 miles RAV 4! I felt like a princess. Certainly not what I was expecting. A little treasure for me to enjoy for a week.

My list grows daily, hourly…even in 2020 when time expands and warps into new dimensions:

–multiple daily walks with Tully, my rescue 2020 dog

–weekly FaceTime family events full of laughter and shared memories

–new job encouraging 270 online high school students

–precious one on one time with individual family members including a few new additions

–extra hours to read and discover new authors and bits of history on literary adventures

–almost daily visits with my parents who are mostly isolating and staying healthy

–worship, praise, and fellowship (small numbers) with my church family

–writing and receiving cards and notes of encouragement

–renovating a couple of houses and managing a couple of Airbnbs (huge learning curve)

–perfecting some recipes (petit fours and chocolate tart) and making healthy food choices

–oatmeal with Bumbleberry Honey, a gift from a shower I hosted, and hot chocolate with marshmallows

Of course, I rejoice in my faithful, ever present, loving relationship with my husband which has blessed me in this 2020 chaos becoming an anchor that all is not bizarre and new. I can’t forget my children, family, and friends, a constant in the craziness.

So, I’m still finding those little treasures that God is faithful to leave. I’m praying I continue to recognize them in the mundane and the awesome path of life.

I’m sure you have a few to share. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Nostalgia

IMG_5920“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6

Thanksgiving–just the word conjures up many images and memories full of color, smells, and tastes. This one will be no different as my family gathers around my parents’ table. Games, movies, ballgames, food, songs, and talking. Lots of talking and laughing. IMG_5921

As I gather recipes and begin cooking, I think about what my characters would be eating in 1775 South Carolina during the Revolution. There was no official day of celebrating Thanksgiving yet. I don’t even know if they talked about the Mayflower, the native Americans, Jamestown, the past. But they did eat some yummy concoctions like:

  • Chicken Pudding
  • Veal Balls
  • Beefsteak Pie
  • Baked Pumpkin Pudding
  • Sweet Potatoes and Apples
  • Green Beans
  • Fried Ham
  • Almond Tarts
  • Spice Nuts
  • Liberty Tea (raspberry leaves)

This is a list I could work with and enjoy. But in truth, family is still the most important element whether in history or today.

Happy Thanksgiving.