we gave thanks

Because Christ is in us, the hope of glory {Col.1:27}.

Because He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together {Col.1:17}.

Because He is our praise {Deut.10:21} and our very life {Col.3:4}.

Ten thousand reasons for our hearts to sing.  We gathered… we brought our harvest… we did the work of hands and the work of hearts and the work of love.  We feasted and laughed and just enjoyed the simplicity of each other.

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^^^arriving at my parent’s house.^^^

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^^^^ my beautiful momma & her cranberry relish^^^

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^^^^ these precious kids, playing & waiting to feast^^^^

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^^^^ dad’s rolls {thanksgiving essential}^^^^

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^^^^ dancing with grandpa ^^^^

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^^^^ homemade cranberry sauce = the best cranberry sauce ^^^^

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^^^^ waiting & lounging & playing.  I love how Noah sits like this, little feet tucked. ^^^^

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^^^^ the finished cranberry sauce ^^^^Image

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^^^^ cherry pie, for brandon ^^^^

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^^^^ Phoebe & her auntie AllieMarie watching grandpa get ready to carve up the turkey ^^^^

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^^^^ this scripture, ringing through my mind all day.. (find this print for free here) ^^^^

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^^^^ commencing feast ^^^^

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^^^^ my precious girl & I ^^^^

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^^^^ the essential post-feast walk {but we actually did one before & after this time around with energetic kiddos} and my beautiful parents with my two little lambs ^^^^

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^^^^ the lights in their neighborhood at night ^^^^

It has been a year with so much to be thankful for, and our hearts are full.  That’s the crazy thing about Jesus.  He can make even a broken heart full.  He can make joy in the midst of sorrow.  We are so thankful for family to gather together with and a family we share in Christ with, as imperfect as we all may be.  Hope your Thanksgiving was lovely!

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