Husband. Dad to 5. Student Ministry Pastor. Follower of Jesus. Yatta yatta.


This year we had the smallest guest list of recent years. Several friends I invited had other plans and even some of my regular family, like my parents, who are normally at the table could not make it this year. But while they were all missed, we surely ate like they were all there nonetheless. I BBQ’d the bird for my third year in a row. I did try one thing new this year: an edible fruit center basket. It wasn’t perfect, but not bad for my first try. They wanted over a hundred bucks to get it from a professional fruit basket bouquet company I found on the web… but I made if for more like $20. Grandma made the stuffing and the pies and a new addition she brought to the table: twice baked yams you got to “dress” as you pleased before she baked them the second time as you desired. I put mini-marshmallows, raisins, cranberries, walnuts, and brown sugar on mine before they went back in for a re-heating. Shannon did the green beans and mashed potatoes. The kids helped set the table and eat it all up.

We have a few other family traditions. We have some red and gold china that I inherited from family in Santa Fe that we have dubbed the “thanksgiving dishes”. Because of their color scheme, they are all we’ve ever eaten thanksgiving dinner on for as long as I can remember- this year was no different. Also, I think it was somewhere around the time TJ learned to talk, someone started a tradition called the “blessing pot”. Before the meal is served, everyone writes what they are thankful for, or a “blessing” on a sheet of paper, and then after the meal, we read them. Only rule is you can’t read your own. It always good, and this year was kinda fun cuz Tyler is learning to read and write, so he made his own and read his own for the first year all by himself.

Here’s what I wrote:

“I am thankful for my family. Zeus going to dog school. The house we live in becoming our home. The chance to coach soccer with my boys. Our health. All that God is and does.”

Here’s what TJ wrote, cuz I thought it was a little funny and sweet at the same time:

“I am thankful for my family, relatives, friend, Zeus, turkey, oxygen, H20, and plates. I am thankful for a lot of things, but I am most thankful for God and that He gave everything to me.”

Here’s some photos I melted into one shot to commemorate the day:


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