Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Walnut Acre Daily - A Beautiful Community Thanksgiving Service and More

Words to Live By

Psalm 97:12

Rejoice in the Lord, you who are righteous,
    and praise his holy name.

We Are Learning

We are taking a Thanksgiving break so there were no assigned lessons today.

In the Kitchen

Breakfast and lunch were easy today - we used up a lot of leftovers for those two meals. For dinner this evening Amanda heated some chicken noodle soup and fixed a plate of raw veggies. My goal was to keep things as simple as possible since we were going to be gone this evening and again tomorrow.

Outdoor Fun

The kids were able to play outside quite a bit today. Amanda took this set of photos while they were out there. It's interesting how the animals always end up in her pictures. 

I'm not sure exactly what they were making but CJ and Michael were busy with sticks, containers of water and little plastic animals.

We also went for a short walk this afternoon. 

We Are Going

Our church hosted a community Thanksgiving service this evening and I am so glad we went. There were participants from four different churches (three different denominations) and it was such a blessing. Basically it was simply a time of thanksgiving and praise. People shared their own thoughts and the things they are thankful for. There were stories of healing from addiction and sickness, of times when even though a hard time had to be walked through God walked alongside, giving strength and comfort. There was thanksgiving for blessings, both material and spiritual. There was singing, prayer and laughter. And after the service there was pie in the Family Life Center and more sharing and thanksgiving and love and laughter. What a beautiful start to Thanksgiving.

Just Because

I asked Amanda if she could entertain Michael for awhile this afternoon and she did a great job. They had so much fun together with these toys Lauren's mother gave us yesterday. I think Amanda enjoyed the excuse to play with them.

Today's Quote

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy

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