Happy Thanksgiving!

I love Thanksgiving. I love the old New England version of Thanksgiving with the turkey and stuffing and potatoes and all the trimmings, minus green bean casserole. (No offense, green beans, but I don’t like them mushy!)

Cranberry and orange relish…


Apple pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate cream pie, pecan pie, banana cream pie, cream puffs.

I love a great dessert table after a beautiful meal, mostly because we spend summer and fall living on burgers and sandwiches and whatever we can grab quickly because there’s little time for fussing. So it’s fun to fuss on Thanksgiving and there are a whole bunch of us helping.

Now we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday (today). We do the family Thanksgiving tomorrow so that my kids with in-laws aren’t split by two hours at one house, two hours at another, and then two hours at another. So today whoever is at our house baking for tomorrow will have Chicken French and Artichoke French and for the two fellows who don’t love those, we’ll throw a steak on the grill….

That picture is two years old, but you get the idea… All hands on deck for baking!

And then tomorrow, tradition reigns.

I love seeing family all get together, but it happens rarely with a couple of kids far away, so whenever it happens, we celebrate! It doesn’t have to be a holiday because anytime I’ve got my kids around is a holiday.  And that’s even when we’re grabbing bologna sandwiches during the busy farm season because we’re all doing this together. And together is what makes it special.

And if you’re at a stage of life where you can’t or don’t get together with family for Thanksgiving, then you can spend your day with the sweet Lord who offers life and hope. It’s fun to have family around, but I know it’s tiring, too.

God isn’t tiring. He’s inspiring and loves you to distraction, so whatever your day holds, I pray that it’s a warm, embracing day, filled with love near and far.

A day to just simply give thanks.

God bless you!

And yes, I’m giving away another copy of our Christmas anthology “Christmas at Star Inn”!

I love these stories!

Leave a comment about whatever you’re giving thanks for today… no thought is too little or too grand. It’s all good. And if you’d like prayers for something, well we’re happy to do that, too!

Happy Thanksgiving, sweet friends!


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42 thoughts on “Happy Thanksgiving!”

  1. Love this peek into your Thanksgiving traditions, Ruthy! I think your home is very kid-friendly and filled with love.

    I’m grateful for YOU and all our dear P&P friends!

  2. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Thankfully we don’t have issues with who to go to on Thanksgiving yet. None of my kids are married so far, so until then it works out great to visit both sides evenly. Some day that will change!
    I am thankful for God’s grace and a healthy family. And coffee. And don’t forget books. 😉

  3. Thank you for sharing your great post! I am thankful for my family, friends and this wonderful country we live in and above all …our Heavenly Father. Happy Thanksgiving, Ruthy!

    • Thank you, Melanie!

      And I agree on all…. we sometimes forget that our “normal” is 5 cuts above 90% of the world’s population. Because to us it’s normal…. but our normal is so very special!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! Great post. There have been a lot of changes in our family this year. I am thankful for them because although some are tough changes they are needed and the right thing, and thankful we can all support each other through them.

    • Sally, what a poignant comment. I’m so glad you brought that up. Life isn’t always peaceful and bucolic. Some years give us a real rough ride and it’s easy to say “climb back on the horse” or “get on with it”…. but it’s not easy to do! That tests our mettle, doesn’t it? Praying for you and yours!

  5. I’m especially thankful this year that my 95 year old Mom is still with me!!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving!!! I am beyond grateful for my family, my kiddos, my sweet husband, and the life that God has blessed me with.

  7. I’m always grateful for another year with my family, although they live far from us! I’m thankful my husband continues to have a job and we can help others. I’m always grateful that my parents are with us another year! Life is good!

  8. I am Thankful for my whole family , pets , friends , good health and for authors who share their Beautiful minds with the world. May you and your Family have a Very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Your book sounds like a very good read!

    • Oh, Alicia, how kind of you. I will honestly say that I am so blessed by what I do, by writing books and reaching out to folks, that I still pinch myself to make sure it’s real. And then happily, it is! 🙂

  9. I am thankful our family can all be together for this special day. Thank you for sharing your Thanksgiving plans with us.

  10. I am thankful for a happy and (relatively) healthy family. We have new in-laws to deal with this year and it looks like it may be an issue. We were a military family and learned long ago that you celebrate when and where you can. This year we weren’t able to coordinate any day where everyone could get together. So son and new wife came over for lasagna Thanksgiving eve. Her parents have claimed Thanksgiving and it was hinted they will all be out of town for Christmas. That would be too bad because our son and daughter number one are close and it will be his only chance to see her. Daughter number one is in law school at Chapel Hill, NC and aside from being really busy, I don’t like any of the family on the road Thanksgiving weekend. We will see them for a few days at Christmas and that will be fine. Daughter number two came over with her family today for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. A little different this year. They have a smoker and smoked a few turkeys, one for our dinner and she fixed and delivered a full dinner for another family (they cater Bar-B-Q for friends and church events).
    It looks like you are having the ideal Thanksgiving. I miss the children being little and doing the baking. Hopefully the daughter in NC will have time to do some cooking while here at Christmas. Enjoy your Friday Thanksgiving.

    • Patricia, I found that by my rescheduling things to avoid conflict, I made both days/holidays so much easier for my family. And that meant more than the calendar date…. Change is hard!

      Oh mylanta, it isn’t easy to rejuggle and restructure and we just flat out miss our kids when we can’t be together for holidays. I hear you… and now I want smoked turkey, Pat! It sounds so good!!!

  11. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I was thankful to have my daughter and give her her first “real” Thanksgiving in four years. She had been in the Peace Corps.

  12. thanks for sharing some of your day. glad to see it was a fabulous day. thank you for this opportunity. i read christmas stories all year long. they bring me back to Christ. and this is a warm feeling that i love to share. blessings

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