Tidbits & Treasures

"Tidbits & Treasures" are some things I just really, really want you to know about! It's a collection of fun, important, newsy, stuff that don't justify an entire blog, but I want to pass on to you this Thanksgiving.  Enjoy! 

 Gary shares a "tidbit" of his own.

Gary shares a "tidbit" of his own.


"Yet I am continually with you; You have taken hold of my right hand.  With Your counsel You will guide me, and afterward receive me to glory.  Psalm 73:23-24 

I've had this verse on a sticky note in my daily calendar for a week.  I've been thinking how  God is with Gary constantly.  He is holding his hand.  He has been caring for him all along, and when the time comes, God will bring Gary to his side in Heaven.  Comforting to think about.

Thanksgiving Proclamations

On October 3, 1789, President George Washington, Proclaimed Nov. 26th as the National Day of Thanksgiving. 

"Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be. That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks..."

On October 3, 1863, Abraham Lincoln made his own Thanksgiving Proclamation. Here are the last few sentences...

"I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union."  Click HERE to read the whole thing. 

Our Thanksgiving Day 

We used to have big groups in our home every year.  Everyone brought part of the meal, Sarah and April made the decorations, and helped with getting the table ready.  I made the Cranberry Velvet, and Martha Stewart's Turkey and Dressing.  Gary busied himself with getting the carving knife sharpened, or bringing in the banquet table from the garage, and gathering the chairs from the different rooms.  My favorite part of the day was when he began the meal by thanking God for His many blessings and kindnesses to us.  I am not hosting this year.  Gary's needs have become too great, but I did make the Cranberry sauce, and will bring the mashed sweet potatoes to our daughter's home.  I'm looking forward to the whole thing.  May your Thanksgiving Day be sweet and filled with joy and gratefulness to God. 

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