We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens His will to make known.
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to His Name; He forgets not His own.
Beside us to guide us, our God with us joining,
Ordaining, maintaining His kingdom divine;
So from the beginning the fight we were winning;
Thou, Lord, were at our side, all glory be Thine!
We all do extol Thee, Thou Leader triumphant,
And pray that Thou still our Defender will be.
Let Thy congregation escape tribulation;
Thy Name be ever praised! O Lord, make us free!
This song of praise was originally written in 1597 to celebrate a Dutch victory. OUR Thanksgiving began at our house in the wilderness with some of my sisters and most of my children's families with the table set and the blessing said we lined up and filled our plates.
My name place cards were my favorite. And my glittery faux autumn leaves as my napkin rings ran a close second as my favorite, too. I always make name place cards so as we add new family members and guests every one feels welcome and there is no question or choosing were one might suppose to be seated. I like my ideas.
After the food feast, the ladies took up the activity of photo shootings. Who doesn't like to keep the memories alive in pictures. The guys were setting up to go on an evening deer hunt and show and tell with their guns and their latest hunting stories.
This was the next to the oldest and youngest on Thanksgiving Day. They made for a good pair.
I took way too long and way too many pictures of these 3. I just wanted that perfect smile and perfect look. But I was informed that does not exist. So here's the no smile picture.
Although most people are all about Thanksgiving now, I am still on the Halloween page. So hear goes my Halloween story.
Wish I had tons of trick or treaters to vist me on Halloween nite. But there was none. We live too far out and too far off the road. That's been the story of all my Halloweens. I still put out jack o'lanterns on the porch and a bowl of candy on the kitchen bar.
Soooo, instead, it's a 40 year wedding anniversary day together.
Forty years ago Halloween was not in the picture.
We eloped without the thought of Halloween. What were we thinking? It must have been the right choice 'cause we're still counting.
Then for years after, our anniversaries were spent trick or treating with our little ones till they outgrew us taking them. Of course they didn't outgrow Halloween fun. They just didn't need us along for their fun......
This year it was spent reminiscing over the past 40 years. You know, like the good stuff, the bad stuff, and the really ugly stuff. But all put in a pot and stirred up together makes for a good witch's brew.
A little shopping and a nice dinner out topped off the day.
And then I waited for Halloween pictures of my little ones all dressed up and out trick or treating. There were 2 black cats and a BamBam Flintstone.
There you have it. No trick or treaters in any form or fashion. No door to door ghouls and goblins. No pictures of those who did. Just a nice day out on the town.
A post without pictures just can't be. So I'm throwing in a random picture of what I do best. A selfie with a favorite little guy.
. . . happy life, happy wife, mom and maw-maw, a heart for family fur babies, a sister to many, a daughter, and a child of the King. I love outdoors and doing a little sewing, crafting and making a house a home.