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A Lesson of Thanksgiving

This week, our lesson is on Thanksgiving.  Before I get to that, I just wanted to let you know that I do have a blog post about last week’s lesson.  It was on the Bible and I created a craft for it using images that I’d found, but I’ve been waiting for hubby to draw me some so that I could share it.  He’s now completed those drawings for me, so hopefully by this weekend I’ll be able to get it posted….and it will still be dated for last week since that’s when I did it and saved my draft post.

Now, onto this week’s lesson!!  I simply love doing the Thanksgiving lesson.  I teach very little, except to tell them that they should be thankful and why.  I then open the class up to telling me things that they’re thankful for and why.  Sometimes, it turns into a “competition”, but in a good way.  They start to realize all that they have at such a young age and when someone says something, they almost have to match it.  The reason why I like that part of it because they are so young and sometimes don’t realize what they do have for what they’ve been blessed with.  It turns out to be very enlightening!!

Here’s a thumbnail view of 2 of the activities that we’ll do in class….

The first activity is a coloring page with the pilgrims praying.  It has the Bible verse for Colossians 3:17 on it as well.  If you’d like to download this activity, just click to…..

The coloring book image comes from Calvary Baptist Church Online and is © Calvary Kids Pages.

The next activity is a coloring/drawing one.  The page says “I’m thankful for….” and the kids will draw something that they’re thankful for.  Then, I’ll have them write what it is on the line.  There is also one without the line for those that don’t want to have their kids write (or the kids can’t write quite yet).  If you’re interested in this thankful activity, just click to….

Clipart © Laura Strickland at My Cute Graphics and used with permission.

I hope that you enjoy these printables.  I’m sure hoping that my class does, but not too worried as they love busy work!!  I love comments and knowing that you’ve used my free printables at home or in the classroom, so please leave a comment or use the “contact” form in the right-hand column.

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Blessed Thanksgiving

Our cornucopia runeth over this year.  It’s been such a good year so far and we’ve been so blessed in so many ways.  For this Thanksgiving, my parents are “out of town” and because of the “new” job, we weren’t able to go see hubby’s parents.  When a couple of our friends found out, they invited us over to spend the day with them and their family and friends.  It was such an amazing feeling to feel that warmth and know that they cared so much.  We made the decision early when we realized that my parents wouldn’t be here or us there, that we were going to spend the day alone as a family.  The one holiday that it seems that we always missed when Lean Green was in the Army, was Thanksgiving.  We thought that it’d be great to just spend it the 3 of us….our own little family.  We haven’t had much chance to do it with him either gone, parents here or there, or us inviting other Army families over so they weren’t alone.  So this is a new one for us and we’re so looking forward to it.

From my family to you and yours, we wish you all a very Blessed Thanksgiving!!  I appreciate all my readers and hope that I can continue to give you the things that you enjoy about my blog, as well as me loving what I put into it.  I’ve made so many friends online and they’ve each given me so much in very different ways.  My personal friends are near and dear to me because they’ve all taken me and my family for what we are.  I still marvel in my family because God truly gave me the best.


Have a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving,

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A Day Off

I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last did a blog post.  WOW!!  Where has time gone??  We had a rather busy week and things just sort of got away from me.  I’ve been trying to lower my stress level and just let things happen as they come along.  I feel so much better now that I’m doing that, but at the same time, I feel like it’s a waiting game.  I think more than anything, we’re looking forward to a weekend off.  We’ve been on the go every single weekend and that’s just not us.  We’re not one of those families that plans things constantly and is rarely home, so this is driving us nuts and we feel tired!!

Kiddo did get her CPR re-certification done this week and hubby had jury duty.  He made it through the first phase of being picked for a jury and was supposed to show back up on Tuesday.  However, Friday afternoon he received a call that he wouldn’t be needed.  He was actually a little disappointed as he’s never had duty before.  He was always active duty military and couldn’t do it.

Anyway, today IS a day off!!  It’s Columbus Day.  Lately there seems to be alot of controversy over this holiday.  Now I know Christopher Columbus was no angel, but we have no problem celebrating other days, so this day just needs to be left alone.  It is what it is and it’s part of our history.

I know that I also have several Canadian readers from my groups and just readers in general.  Today is the day that you celebrate your Canadian Thanksgiving.  Last year, I enjoyed reading up on the history of it.  I found out that it’s similar, yet very different from our version of the same holiday.  Obviously, there’s a difference as to when it’s celebrated as well.  If you don’t know the history of the Canadian Thanksgiving, look it up….it’s interesting!!

Whether you’re working, or have the day off…..have a good one ya’ll!!

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How Thankful are You?

Happy Thanksgiving!!

I hope you all are having a day to be thankful for.  I know we are!!  These are the times that life is made of.  In celebration of today, I found a fun quiz to show just how thankful I am.  This quiz is How Thankful are You?  I know I have so much to be thankful for.  My results are:


You Are 86% Thankful

You’re an incredibly thankful person, and everyone around you feels very appreciated.

You inspire people to be more optimistic, forgiving, and grateful.

I’d have to say that’s pretty accurate.  Sometimes, I do forget, but most times, I know just how lucky and blessed I am.  So, just how thankful are you??  Post your results with a comment or in your own blog post.  I’ll be looking forward to reading about your thankfulness. 

You can even leave a comment about what you’re MOST thankful for today!!  For me, it’s my faith and my family.  I can’t do without either of them.

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Are You a Pilgrim or Indian?

Here’s a quiz, just on time for Thanksgiving.  This one is Are You a Pilgrim or Indian?  Here’s my results:

You Are a Pilgrim

Like the pilgrims, you’ve felt persecuted for your beliefs from time to time.

You have a strong sense of right and wrong. Your morality sometimes makes you feel out of step with the modern world.You may not go as far as moving across the world, but you still identify with the pilgrims.

Well, except for the whole stealing land and killing Indians thing.


Are you a Pilgrim or Indian??  Post your comment or a blog entry and let me know!!  I can’t wait to see if we’re the same!!

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What Part of Thanksgiving are You?

I just love Thanksgiving.  I love just about everything about it too.  Of course, I love the food, but there’s so much more.  Each year I’m thankful for more and more things and this year is no different.  I figured I’d find a fun little quiz that should bring out the best in all of us for Thanksgiving and just before the mad holiday shopping begins.  This one is What Part of Thanksgiving are You?  HHMMMM  I hope nobody wants to eat me!!  EERRRR  AH  Yeah, here’s my results:

You Are Mashed Potatoes

Ordinary, comforting, and more than a little predictable

You’re the glue that holds everyone together.


What part of Thanksgiving are you??  Post the results on your blog or in a comment for me.  I can’t wait to see if you’re as tasty as I am!!  😉

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Trying to Breathe Again and Prayers Answered

Well, the big weekend is over.  I have a couple posts for the days over the weekend.  I just never had time to complete and post them.  Keep checking back to older posts as I complete and post the entries.

It turns out that the biggest news over the weekend wasn’t the Retirement Ceremony, open house, dinner or family visiting.  It turns out that the Baby dog was the biggest news.  Friday, she had some diarrhea, but we thought it was nerves and upset tummy from a house full of people.  Suddenly she started throwing up and it soon turned to blood.  We all went to bed praying for her and hoping that it’d pass soon.  When I got up Saturday morning, she was weak and still throwing up, but I had to get to class.  My dad said she was acting like she was poisoned.  I couldn’t believe that anyone would hurt her and just said she got into something with all the people here.  For some reason, class got out a whole hour early and when I got home, I was told to find a vet because my Baby was sicker than expected.  She threw up blood the whole time I was gone, she was cold and could barely hold herself up.  I called the only vet I saw opened on Saturday and I had 10 minutes to get her there before they closed.  The vet had nothing good to say.  She said that it appeared that my innocent Baby had been poisoned.  Her chances of surviving were minimal.  Her body temp was 96 and her system was going in shock and she’d be shutting down.  They could keep her over the weekend for $800 minimum and she still might not make it.  I love her like my child, but I just don’t have that kind of money and then know that she’d die without me.  So hubby held me up while I cried and held her and we asked what we could do.  The vet told us to get some Pedilyte and some beef or chicken baby food.  Thin it out and force feed her.  She gave her meds to stop the vomiting and some antibiotics.  She said that’s all that we could possibly do and her chances were slim.  I went home and announced to all our family that we didn’t have any more celebrating to do because Baby was probably going to die.  I was forced to wrap her in a blanket and leave her home alone while we went to dinner.  I was so worried as to what I was going to come home to, but she was right where I laid her in the blankie.  One of our guests showed me how to force feed her and she took Pedilyte whenever I gave it to her.  She took her meds in the baby food that night.  We all prayed that night for got to look after one of his sweetest and most innocent creatures.  

We all awoke Sunday morning to bright eyes and a wag of the tail.  She was very weak, but tried to make us all feel better.  The family departed and she stuck her head out of the blankets for kisses from each of them.  By the end of the day, her body was warm and her eyes were bright, but she was weak.  She was drinking Pedilyte on her own, but still only taking baby food a couple times during the day.

Today, she has been up walking around the house.  She wags her tail and she eats dog food soaked in Pedilyte.  She’s still very tired and curls up in the blanket often.  She even went outside to go potty and came right back in to warm up with her blanket.  We’ll take her back to the vet tomorrow.  We want her checked out to see what they think of her progress.  Tonight was the last of her meds, so it’ll be a good time to check in with the vet and get an update.  It does appear that Baby is going to be alright though.

God does listen to our prayers and he is good.  He truly takes care of his creatures.

I do ask that each of you say a prayer for Baby as we take her to the vet tomorrow.  It’ll be the true test of her healing and getting back on the healthy path.  Even if the vet says she’s going to be alright, she’s to a long way to go to be herself again.  She’ll be needing all our strength and love to get her fully well, but we’ll be there!!

In between nursing the Baby, we’re trying to do laundry, clean up the house and do our classes for homeschool.  The last thing we want is to be off schedule right now.  Plus, let’s not forget the Thanksgiving feast just a couple days away!! 

Ah yes, we have much to be thanful for!!


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