Well, it is the end of Thanksgiving week.  I hope y’all each had a wonderful holiday!  Although I am already in Christmas mode by the time Thanksgiving rolls around… ok.  Let’s be real.  I am always in Christmas mode!  Anyway.  I do feel that Thanksgiving is important.  It is more than just another holiday.  It is a way of life.  Curious about the definition of the word, I just Googled “thanksgiving.”  The very first definition is “the expression of gratitude, especially to God.”  There are so many scriptures in the Bible about being thankful.  One of my favorites is Philippians 4:6.  “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”  God blesses us so much.  Do we thank Him for these things, or do we simply continue to ask for more?  A quote that really helped me turn thanksgiving into a lifestyle is “What if you woke up tomorrow with only the things you thanked God for today?”  Just as we need to feel that people appreciate us and what we do, we should be giving that consideration ourselves!  I think you’ll actually find it makes you happier as well.  Because it puts more of your focus on God and on the other people around you – instead of on just yourself.  Thanksgiving is a choice.  I’m not saying I always hit the mark.  But I try!

This week has been a crazy one for me.  Monday, I ran errands.  Tuesday, I baked a cake, then went to my voice lesson, then had to make two trips to Walmart, then baked ALL AFTERNOON.  I was in charge of desserts for my church’s young adult group’s Friendsgiving meal.  Because of the required second trip to Walmart, I was running half an hour behind.  So… I was thirty minutes late getting to the dinner.  But according to the group, the brookies I made were TOTALLY worth the wait!  (By the way, if you are like me and didn’t know this – brookies are brownies with chocolate chip cookies on top.  I had eaten them before, but I didn’t know what they were called!  You learn something new every day, right?)  We had a wonderful time of fellowship together.  Wednesday, I was doing housework ALL. DAY. LONG.  By the time I finished, I was so exhausted that I had almost lost my voice.  Seriously, my voice was barely above a whisper.  When I woke up Thursday morning, I was still so tired that I didn’t feel like talking.  (If any of y’all know me, you KNOW I am not feeling well if I don’t want to talk!)  So, my Thanksgiving Day was spent in my pajamas, watching movies.  Surprisingly, I did not watch Miracle on 34th Street.  It wasn’t an intentional oversight, I just didn’t happen to watch it!  Friday was spent shopping.  I did manage to buy myself a new dress, and I found a few Christmas gifts.  Nothing big.  Today, I am going to watch the Georgia Bulldogs and Georgia Tech football game on tv.  Should be an interesting game!

We all have so much to be thankful for!  For a roof over our heads.  Food to eat.  Our family and friends…  The list is endless!  As for me, this week, I have been especially thanking God for the gift of life!  My niece was born early Wednesday morning via emergency C-section.  Having heard the story, it is plain to see why the hospital staff is calling her a miracle baby.  If even one thing had been different, this precious baby girl would not be with us.  God brought everything together just as it needed to be, and we now have this beautiful baby girl added to our family.  I have not yet gotten to meet her, since our families live halfway across the country from each other.  But from what I hear, the nurses have already nicknamed her Sassy.  This spunky little thing didn’t want to miss out on any holidays this year!  So, I had something to be especially thankful for this Thanksgiving.

What are some things that you are thankful for?

P.S. ~ If anyone wants me to share the three dessert recipes I used this week, let me know in the comments below.  They were a huge hit!  I think I racked up on brookie points.

Love and prayers,


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