Saturday, November 30, 2013

Thanksgiving 2013

We had such a lovely Thanksgiving holiday.  

Thanksgiving.  Thankfulness.  

Every night at bedtime, we start Olivia's night-night prayers with what she's thankful for.  I'm thankful for that little girl's thankful heart.  And thinking about that reminds me of what Jami Nato said here:

if you want to change the world, start small. start very, very small. very unimpressive.
like our savior coming, not born of a king's breed, not walking onto the planet as an amazing grown man. he came small and tiny in a barn to a regular old family.

but did you hear how he changed the world?

I pray for God to change my heart on a daily basis so that I will be the parent He intends for me to be.  I strive for Olivia and Davis to be rooted in the rock that is Jesus.  Never changing.  

Solid.  

Unmoving.  

I pray for God's guidance in this everyday because I know that the world SCREAMS something very different.  Culture is constantly moving.  Always changing.  Dominated by entitlement.

I want to change the world.  Starting small.  Starting with the hearts of my children.  Training their hearts to swell with gratitude rather than entitlement.

Entitlement will and always does end badly.  The "it's all about me" mind set which acts on feelings rather than grace and truth.  By the way, one thing I've learned since following Jesus is that our feelings don't always tell the truth.  BAM.  That changed my world.  Did it change yours?

I'm also grateful for the love of family.

We hosted Thanksgiving here at our house this year with my family.

Kevin fried the turkey.  And that delectable smell obviously wafted through the entire neighborhood!  We had neighbors walking by at the mercy of their noses wanting to know when it would be time to eat!





Daddy supervised the turkey fry!









Olivia pointed to words in the dictionary and Nana read the definitions.  This is one of Olivia's favorite things to do with her Nana!




Sweet Baby D!




Friday, we took our 11th annual trip out to The Merry Christmas Tree farm to get our Christmas Tree.

At just 4 years old, Olivia is a tree-spotting prodigy!
















We rounded out the trip with a stop at Starbucks for a holiday cup of Joe and a peppermint brownie cake pop!  Delish!




And, finally, today, we enjoyed our traditional spread of hors d'oeuvres while we decorated the tree!




We're looking forward to Christmas!

Sincerely,

Leigh






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