Have Yourself a Cranberry Thanksgiving

Chloe is in the foyer practicing the Nutcracker music on piano. My husband is in his office practicing guitar for worship this weekend. Jamie is watching TV between bouts of running around the room for his “ninja training” (what he claims to be doing). And I am in the kitchen up to my elbows in cranberries and pumpkin. This is Thanksgiving preparation at my house, friends. A little nuts, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Chloe was so excited when her teacher found a Nutcracker music book. She came out of her lesson today grinning widely because her teacher assigned The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy this week. I am thankful for this change. Sugar Plum is replacing Disney’s Let it Go…a song we are all ready to let go! We heard that one for about 10 weeks while she practiced for her piano recital. So, at the moment, I am listening to the pretty tinkling of The Sugar Plum Fairy intermingled with O Holy Night and the Backyardigans….all at the same time. A little weird, but has a charm all its own.

I love my crazy life.

I made a rash decision in buying Jamie the ninja mask at the Dollar Tree. I was snookered by that cute face. It was only a buck, and Jamie loves it. But I spend entirely too much time explaining (again) why it is inappropriate to wear in public, to places like church and the library. Yesterday he was in the Christmas spirit. Much to Chloe’s dismay, Jamie decided to wear his Santa hat to the library. I was grateful it wasn’t the ninja mask. Santa is better than a ninja, I reasoned. Chloe begged to differ. And so goes our weekly stop in the library. They’re used to us, another thing I am thankful for this year.

We’ve been reading Cranberry Thanksgiving  on breaks from ninja training, and when our heads aren’t filled with visions of dancing sugar plums. This year, we tried the recipe in the back of the book, “Grandmother’s Famous Cranberry Bread” and I must say it quickly became famous around here. We gobbled up the loaf in one day. (Tip: skip the raisins and use more cranberries!) I made a fresh loaf this afternoon to go with our meal tomorrow. I think I am more excited about the bread than the pumpkin pie. It is that good, friends.

While the bread is cooling, I wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. I pray your day is filled with the abundance of God’s blessings – grace, peace, joy, family, love, laughter…and lots of cranberry. I am thankful for YOU!

With love and thanksgiving,


PS: The Giving Thanks Sale in my art shop is good through Sunday November 30th. Enter code: GIVETHANKS2014 for 20% off your total purchase. How about them cranberries? :)


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