I started last week thinking we would do school for the first couple days. But that really didn't happen. Holiday mode entered our home and school plans flew out the window.
Instead we played with friends on Monday, ran errands on Tuesday and baked on Wednesday. All sprinkled with Thanksgiving books, writing our gratitude on Thankful hands and mugs of hot tea.
We do a Thankful Tree every November where Madeline writes something she's thankful for on paper hands. We've done it every year since 2010 and I always keep three or four hands. It's fun to pull out the past ones out and compare the size of Madeline's hands and her handwriting. She loves reading through all her Thankful hands and coming up with new items. Caleb added his hands for the first time this year. It's one of my favorite traditions.
Thanksgiving was wonderful as always. Joe's family gets together at lunch and my family gets together at dinner so it works out perfectly every year. We have rather large families and have over 60 people at each meal. While I'm sure they're fun and lovely, I can't imagine smaller family gatherings. Ours are loud and chaotic but always the best.
We hung out with family the rest of the weekend too but still managed to squeeze in a tree trimming morning. These three make holidays so fun.
Sunday was the first Sunday on Advent and our pastor talked about the meaning of Advent, how we are remembering Christ's first coming and longing for His second. We read a beautiful text in Titus which summarized the gospel so well and refocus my attention on this season.
In the grand scheme of the vast universe, we are small. But each one of us is so loved by a great big God who wants to redeem us if we accept his sacrifice. He is the blessed hope our souls are longing for.
"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people,
training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions
and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in the present age,
waiting for our blessed hope,
the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness
and to purify for himself a people for his own possession
who are zealous for good works."