Some snippets of life around here lately, mostly taken on my phone… but worthy of sharing, nonetheless. We have successfully celebrated all five birthdays, and now we happily move onto the winter holidays, which are a favorite of all of ours. Eggnog and cider and stuffing (which, if you need a delicious and easy stuffing, try this…it’s been our favorite for the past several years.) and turkey (we will do two this year… one smoked, and one our yearly bird that we look forward to and can’t ever do without), and so much more, making it one of the memorable meals Thanksgiving is known for. Often our home is full of friends and family, but this year it will just be the seven of us together.  Something I am actually looking forward to as we have had a hussle and bustle of “life” happening for us these days.  Some good slow time to do all of our favorite things, with our kids, our favorite humans on earth, it’ll be just perfect.

Tomorrow, during our time of communing together, we will all remember and give thanks. Although, as many would agree, being thankful should be a part of our daily lives. Something I have been working on doing more and more as well as something we are trying to instill in our children on a regular basis.  From the big and small things, there is always something to be thankful for.

This year has had it’s share of good + not so good, but inwardly, I am filled with a joy, contentment, and overall sense of peace that I can’t quite put into words… other than the having the love and faithfulness of a King that I know is for me. I have been so fortunate to be married to the love of my life for nearly twenty years, birth five beautiful and healthy children, develop incredible friendships across the country, have family who supports and encourages us, walk through seasons of abundance and lack (because there is much to learn in both), live a life that looks at each new opportunity as a great adventure, and to be loved so richly through it all. Those and many more are some of the things I am thankful for this year. And, all the little moments, in between, that I frequently write about… those are worth noting just as much as the big moments, to me.

From my heart to yours, I wish you the most wonderful Thanksgiving day and start to the most wonderful time of the year. xo

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3 Responses to life lately + the happiest thanksgiving to you.

  1. Karen Curran says:

    Beautiful thoughts to share, Dear Anna!!! Thank you! And Happy Thanksgiving to your lovely family!!!

  2. Mary Stokes says:

    I am certainly thankful for a daughter that is so capable of being the BEST MOM EVER!!! I know how thankful you are for all you have been favored with but mostly for being the daughter of the King and all that that entails. Dad and I love you more than you know and your family as well. Those 5 little WONDERFULS that we think of and pray for daily.
    Love this Thanksgiving season,
    Mom

  3. Dede Goddard says:

    Love, love, love and happy thanksgiving to you all!

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