Happy Thanksgiving! I am so thankful that all our Thanksgiving cookies are out the door and headed to their feast destinations. It’s quiet this morning. The mixer isn’t whirling. The oven isn’t preheating. I know it is not quiet in most houses today across the county. After getting out close to 350 Thanksgiving cookies this past week, it’s finally quiet in my kitchen. We are headed out to my mom’s house today and I am thankful that I get the day off. Before I head out I wanted to say a few things. I wanted to share just a few of the things that I am thankful for. If I shared them all we would be here awhile.
What a great time? A time of year to be thankful. A time to make lists and think of all the blessings we have.
The gift of family.
People who love you when you are at your best and when you are at your worst.
The kind of people who promised to love you in the good and in the bad.
The gift of friendship.
This is one of the coolest gifts because they are not stuck with you like your family is.
I am so thankful for my friends who listen to me, who laugh with at me and with me and who encourage me to keep going.
I am also thankful for the friends who are willing to stick their neck out and tell me what I need to hear!
Water. An oven. A refrigerator. A roof. Warm clothes. Indoor plumbing.
Not having to rebuild my house after it rains.
It may sound dumb but how thankful I am to be able to access it so easily while in many parts of the world this is not a reality.
The part of the world we work in does not have these things readily accessible.
Our little charity, Micah 6:8 Sudan, is working right now to build a farm.
Now that the rainy season has subsided they are clearing the roads and beginning to prepare the land.
The proceeds from all the baked goods I sell goes to help support the farm.
In Southern Sudan there is a 90% unemployment rate. Our farm is not big.
But we hope to provide jobs for the local villagers we work with.
1 Thessalonians 5:18
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
This is not an easy one. Because it says, in all things give thanks. Not some. Not a few. But all.
This bible verse perplexed me when I was younger. But now it does not. I have learned that even the most trying circumstances forms and shapes my character.
It forms and shapes who I am going to be. Am I going to be angry and bitter over difficulties or will I choose joy?
Not always easy. But learning to embrace difficulties, with that goal in mind, helps.
Thank you to everyone who ordered our Thanksgiving cookies this year.
Thank you for letting me work so hard. Some people think I am just obsessed with baking. Nope.
I am really not. I am passionate about raising funds for some amazing men and women who are excited for the
opportunity to have a job working on the farm.
I am thankful for my baker friends!!! Oh yeah. You know who you are.
Honestly, you are the people that help keep my sanity.
The people who are up with you at 2 in the morning cracking jokes to help you get through your orders.
Or your friend who will skype with you and you look like twins.
You both have royal icing in your hair. Your clothes are covered in powdered sugar.
But you don’t care. You don’t look at each other funny.
Now when I show up in the carpool line looking like this as my son’s school, I get different kinds of looks.
Or the day when you have hit the wall, the idea closet is bare and they help you move past it.
I SERIOUSLY DON’T KNOW WHAT I WOULD DO WITH OUT YOU!
The other night, I was exhausted. I had nothing left. I was all out of creative ideas.
Then Shannon, from Artfully Delicious, started sending me cookie ideas.
It helped snap me out of my funk. There is something about the phrase,
“gobble till you wobble”
that is just plain fun.
That’s the kind of people I get to work with!
It’s like a whole band of baking cheerleaders!!
Thank you for letting me share my Thanksgiving cookies.
I hope you have a wonderful day!
Thank you again to everyone who ordered our Thanksgiving cookies.
Thank you for taking the time to read my blog in this crazy, busy world we live in.