My mind has been on Thanksgiving a lot today.... Our next prayer event is about how important Thanksgiving is to our spiritual formation and prayer life... so I have been researching the Scriptures and seeking appropriate verses as headings for the various group headings for our prayer time... We are utilizing the ACTS format
It was a glory time for me as I meditated on these topics..
Then it was time for me to join hubby downstairs to make some serious decisions regarding what to purge and what to keep from my parents' household... I found their Bibles... it was a thrill to find my dear Granny's (born 1895) Bible where she had written the birth dates and full names of her four baby sons who were still born.. two before my dad and 2 after him from 1917-1923. I just sat and looked at those precious names that I had never seen before...
Here they a re written in her own hand....names that I had heard spoken of, but really had no idea.... names usually spoken in hushed tones.... what a treasure to me to find her Bible that I knew dad had spoken of having but we never could find....until today. I also found an old lovely well worn Bible a great friend and neighbor had given mom and dad when they moved out of my childhood home to be closer to their parents in their old age. I want to give it to Amanda, as it, too, is in mom's precious hand and she had written all the important dates of Amanda's aunts births and marriages...folks near and dear to Amanda's heart.
I think what will mean a lot to Amanda is that this is the Bible dad carried to church each week from 1973-1997 when his eye sight started failing him and we bought him the large print Bible. Dad passed 2 years ago this Christmas at age 94.
And so then I made another command decision about Christmas this year...we are at an age when it is time to start downsizing our " doing" at the holidays... oh, there will be decor aplenty, but when I transplanted this topiary in the living room to decorate it for autumn...
As I was decorating it for fall...
I thought silly me.... I have two of these small trees.. I will just use one in the sun room and this one in here and decorate it throughout the year..... and not do the whole Christmas tree "thang" this year.... our babies arent coming ( whisper....Amanda will be having her second baby!!!!)... and for my fun and fellowship here this season , these trees will be great.... I am really looking forward to Christmas now this year, because there is nothing worse than taking down the Christmas tree after the holidays are over!!!!
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