Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

November 1 marked two years of living in Boroughbridge for us.  That is very hard to believe!  When it comes to celebrating important holidays away from home and family, we are continually grateful for the surprising ways God shows grace and kindness to us.  This year's Thanksgiving gift came in the form of three special visitors from home.

How have they not been a blessing to us?  It would be hard to think of one way.  They have loved and played with my kids, bringing joy to their little hearts.  They have supported all my Thanksgiving meal plans chopping, washing, cleaning, and decorating.  As a small token of our appreciation we plan to treat them to some of the best scenery Yorkshire has to offer today by driving into the Dales. Each time we go on an outing of some kind in the Yorkshire Dales we look at each other and say: Why don't we come here more often?  Things like work and school and daily responsibilities seem so small compared to enjoying such beauty.

This year I thought about how the first Thanksgiving marked the celebration of God's grace and provision in the lives of English pilgrims and Native Americans and then smiled because we native Americans also have much to be thankful for in the English friends we have made who have welcomed us and helped us adjust to life in this new world in which we live.

Katie helped the kids with some traditional Thanksgiving crafts, and I read them the story of Squanto. They're working hard here on the infamous hand turkey.

There are more pictures, of course, but we are out the door for an adventure today.  KJ has taken the day off work, and it is a field trip day for the kids, so we must seize the sunlight while we can!

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