24 November 2006

a happy thanksgiving

We hope you all enjoyed Thanksgiving. We cetainly did. We started the day late. After all, we need to get ahead on sleep while we can! After a yummy brunch of raspberry stuffed French toast, we sat down to read Psalm 136. It has recently become our Thanksgiving tradition to read this together. It's a repetitive but beautiful litany of all the acts God did on behalf of Israel, and each statement is followed by, "His love endures forever." When we finish reading, we add our own reflections on God's care for us over the past year. This year, our additions included such statements as, "To him who provided handyman jobs so we could pay the bills... and who blessed us with wonderful family and friends who love and encourage us... and who sent us 3 beautiful children when we only asked for 2..." Truly God has been so good to us this year, and it was great to kick off Thanksgiving by reflecting on his blessings. By the time we concluded this activity, the cats had joined us on the couch, and we were left with no choice but to curl up and take a quick nap.
The rest of our day included a quick visit at Becky's parents' house followed by dinner with the Bowersox extended family. When we were sufficiently stuffed, we headed back to Peter's mom's to spend the night. However, our good night's sleep was not quite as long as it should have been. Becky stayed up until 3am having a great chat with our 2 sisters-in-law who are in town while Peter enjoyed having access to cable TV and watched parts of quite a few movies. All in all, it was a relaxing and wonderful chance to catch up with those we love... and having 5 adorable nieces and nephews makes everything so much more fun!

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