Wednesday, November 21, 2007

It's Thanksgiving

Because tomorrow is The Day, I wanted to take a moment and tell you all Happy Thanksgiving. And as cliche' as it sounds, I know I have so much to be thankful for. I do appreciate taking the time to especially focus on how our great country began and remember those who gave everything they had to come to a strange land for the purpose of being able to worship their Creator the way they wanted too. So many of them didn't make it. And the ones that did suffered greatly. And because of them we are eating more food than a human being should be allowed to consume in a week - all in one day. We are so blessed. Sometimes it is so hard to believe that all of that happened just a little over 200 years ago. So much has happened in such a short time.

I was remembering a funny Thanksgiving story that happened to us about 3 years ago. Because my husband is a pastor, and because we have a most generous church, we have always been blessed by our people sharing with us the fruit of their labor. We have often received gifts of produce and meat from our parishoners. This was such a blessing to us, especially in the early days of ministry, when we didn't make much money. Many times it made all the difference in the world to what we would be eating that week. Things are much better now but our people are still so very generous. So three years ago John and Sue (not their real names) called us up and told us they had an extra turkey, it was good-sized, and would we like it. Thanksgiving was coming and of course we said yes. "Okay, I'll bring it right over" was the response. I began envisioning baking a turkey in my largest roaster pan. Sure enough, a few minutes later "John's" pick-up pulled up in our driveway and my husband went out to greet him. He got out of the truck, walked to the back, and pulled down the tailgate. Out jumped a turkey! I'm totally serious. It had a long string tied to his neck "so he wouldn't get away"! My husband tried not to laugh because "John" was so earnest. But my husband knew there was no way his wife was going to be okay with a real and very alive turkey! I'm still not sure exactly what words he used to turn this generous soul down. All I know is that the only turkey I wanted to bake came from the grocery store, wrapped in skin-colored plastic, with the word BUTTERBALL across it!

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If you are going to be doing some Christmas decorating this weekend you might me interested in this. I love Michael W. Smith. All you have to do is display it, listen to it while you are Christmas decorating, and give a review. Awesome!

May you all have a blessed day tomorrow with your family and friends. Be sure and take some time to thank God for living in this America. Take a few moments to ponder on the sacrifice of people called pilgrims. Count your blessings and name them one by one.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Oh and if you are so inclined, on ESPN2 Friday night Boise State is playing Hawaii in the game of the century. I'm thinking it should be really fun! It would only be better if I were in Oahu watching it! Go Bronco's!


Dawn said...

Thanks for stopping by this morning. Are you working today? I took the day off and so far have managed to use the whole morning running around looking for things that are sold out. I did get the butter I forgot earlier.

I LOVE the turkey story! So funny. I'm with you on the reaction!

I also love the story of the auction in the previous post, which I missed yesterday somehow. You should have posted pictures of both your cake and the caramels - amazing amount of money brought in!

Have a wonderful day. Go over and check out my daughter's post today - really cute. If you haven't been there before, go there from my comment section (Kristen). It'll give you a good chuckle.

Dawn said...

Me again - I forgot to answer your question about N. Dakota. My daughter's MIL lives way up by the Canadian border, in the town of Sirus, I think it is. She teaches music in all the grades. You can learn more about her on Kristen's post today too! She's quite a character.

Becky said...

THAT ... is a great story.

I think you have something in common with Pres Bush. He gives a turkey its freedom every year too :)

Karen said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Robin! I enjoyed your story. Too funny!

gail@more than a song said...

I loved that story! I'm with you, the only turkey I want comes from the store too.
Think I snagged that cd too and can't wait.
Happy Thanksgiving Robin!

Julie Fink said...

Happy Thanksgiving! Also, congratulations on your daughter being pregnant! How exciting!

Maddy said...

Well thanks for the reminder. We always get so busy in this little holiday that we forget that nearly everyone puts up their Christmas decorations during the weekend too.

Perhaps I should nip up into the attic and make a start. Don't want to let the side down.
BEst wishes and Happy Thanksgiving

Mishel said...

Happy Thanksgiving Robin!!

Midlife Cycler said...

I did not see that coming. Why did your friend neglect to mention it was ALIVE??? I would probably have put it on the Presidents list of Pardons!

Anonymous said...

Hilarious story about the turkey. I would have croaked. I'm with you, give me one that's from the store and I don't have to think about his past life...ahhh!

Just Me said...

Loved the Turkey Story! We should have done a 'blog contest' on funniest Thanksgiving stories - yours just might have one!! Too funny! Hope your thanksgivign was great! I'm heading out this week to pick up the Michael W. SMith CD - loved it!