Monday, November 28, 2011

Much to be Thankful For

This Thanksgiving was either our 3rd or 4th time to host at our house.  Usually, we split up the meal between our mom's and Ryan & I.  Unfortunately this year Susan came down with a pretty nasty cold that had her out for the count.  We even decided to push back the festivities until Saturday in hopes that she would feel good enough to come.  That left Ryan & I to do most of the cooking which we probably needed to learn how to do anyway.  Fortunately my mom was still able to make a few of her signature dishes that helped out a lot.  It ended up being pretty fun, and we enjoyed learning a few of the family's traditional Thanksgiving recipes.  And I think Susan enjoyed her well deserved cooking break.  ;)
The dining table before getting it set to eat.

Little bit of fall decor


Whenever all of us get together I try to get it on film.  It seems pretty rare that we are all in the same place now a days.
My first attempt at a group shot with a timer.

Much better
We missed Emily's husband, Sean, this year because of work.  :(  Maybe next time!

I had to include this pictures of Harlan trying to do a yoga pose I taught him.

Good job Harlan!  Not bad at all!  
He later admitted that his wrists were pretty sore.  Ha!

Also this past weekend Ryan & I were the Advent family at our church and read the below message.  I found it fitting that we were asked to be apart of the first Sunday representing Hope.  That is exactly what Ryan & I are feeling right now after everything that has happened.  I know a lot of people talk about having a word to represent the coming year instead of resolutions.  Hope is going to be mine because 2012 promises so much of it.


Advent Liturgy

During Advent, the four Sundays before Christmas Eve, the traditional Call to Worship is replaced with the lighting of the four candles of the Advent wreath. These are the candles of Hope, Peace, Joy and Love.
At Leawood Pres, members of the congregation, the church staff, and their families take part in the candle lighting ceremony.
This is the liturgy that accompanies the candle lighting:
First Sunday of Advent
Today we light the first candle of the Advent wreath. This is the candle of HOPE. 
With Christians around the world, we use this light to help us prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of God’s Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. 
May we receive God’s light as we hear the words of the prophet Isaiah:
"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness -- on them light has shined." 
-- Isaiah 9:2Let us pray: 
Lord as we look to the birth of Jesus, grant that the light of your love for us will help us to become lights in the lives of those around us. Prepare our hearts for the joy and gladness of your coming, for Jesus is our hope. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. The house looks beautiful as always. That message is very fitting and you are such a strong person! HUGS!


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