We ended up celebrating with an all church dinner the Sunday before Thanksgiving and then on Thanksgiving day we went to an ICS staff dinner and a dinner with the Chapmans. Below are some pics from our celebrations.
|Steve speaking at the Feast|
|Time of Worship|
|Just about the most I saw Steve that day! =)|
|Children's Orphanage that joined us|
|Time of Thankfulness|
|Caleb and his buddy "Miss Teal"|
As a family, we did a Thankfulness Jar during the month of November, adding slips of paper with thanksgivings written down throughout the month (and not sharing with each other) and then reading them all together at the end. We had Caleb "write" on a few himself and then we also asked him what he was thankful for and wrote it down for him -- he actually listed off quite a few of his favorite things (things like "pancakes" and "riding in the car" and "Shell's van" and "DADDY" and "coloring"). It was a fun tradition to start.
This year has been a year focused on cultivating a spirit of Thankfulness. I've read and lingered long over my favorite blogger's book "One Thousand Gifts." And I continue to find myself failing and resloved again to be ever-thankful.
Reading from Ephesians 5: 15-20 this morning - What is the will of God?
"Look carefully then how you walk, not as the unwise, but as wise....but understand what the will of the Lord is....be filled with the Spirit, addressing one another with psalms and humns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with all your heart, giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ."