Sunday, November 28, 2010

A Very Happy Thanksgiving

Hey everyone,

Wow, what a Thanksgiving holiday.  At my house we start celebrating on Wednesday with an open house.  Friends and family arrive and the house fills with laughter and the sounds of wonderful conversations.  With each new arrival, a big cheer breaks out from everyone as they greet the latest guests. 

Each year I make up a goody bag for all that come for the celebration.  Usually, a bottle of this seasons speciality wine from our farm Running Waters.  Packaged with home made sweets and cookies.  Oh yeah, and this year I made an awesome blueberry jam that went into the goody bag as well.

Thanksgiving day is the best.  We gather together starting that morning, go horse back riding, fish down at the lake, play games, have hay rides, horse shoes, and of course, cooking the grand bird and then come together for our blessing and meal.   My husband re-told the story about the first Pilgrims. Who they were and why they came to this country as well as the first Thanksgiving meal they had with the Indians.   He spoke too of the importance of family.  It is a way to honor our parents and their parents by continuing coming together as family.

We had 34 people come and celebrate this year at our farm.  What a blessing. 

After all the Thanksgiving day food and fun, we continued on celebrating Friday and Saturday.  Each night, we ventured out and sat around the outdoor fire ring, gazed at the stars, sang songs, toasted marshmallows and played movie trivia. 

On Saturday, everyone meets up at the local flea market to find "that special treasure".  I found a bunch of vintage buttons.  A last meal together, a last night at the fire ring, a final gaze into the heavens and then everyone heads home.  

Today, Bill and I went to our bible study class and church.  We are happy to be able to freely worship in this country and gave thanks for another successful Thanksgiving holiday at Running Waters Farms. 

Hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving.


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