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Since Thanksgiving is only a few days away, Grace and I have been talking about what we’re thankful for this last week.  Here is Grace’s List:

  • Chocolate Chips
  • Cheese
  • My mom
  • My toy box
  • Ranch dressing
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Pickles

Here is my list:

  • I’m thankful for Grace
  • Answered Prayer
  • That I’m self-employed
  • God’s Love
  • Our home
  • Family
  • Friends

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I am a very prompt Thank You Note writer……Grace and I even write Thank You notes to family members when they give us things for birthdays, holidays, or just because.  When I hand someone a “Thank You Note” they usually look very surprised.  Is it just me, or does it seem like “Thank You Notes” are not very common anymore?

I give people a lot of things, I give a lot of gifts, but I stop giving gifts to people who don’t say “Thank You.”  I don’t even require a formal “Thank You note” to keep giving things to people, a verbal “Thank You.” is good enough for me to want to give gifts to that individual in the future.  The only trouble is, that I seem to be getting fewer and fewer verbal “Thank You’s” as the years go by.  I’m not talking about if I hand someone a gift, because most people say “Thank You” when they are handed something. 

What I’m talking about is when someone takes the time to select a gift for you and pays to ship it to you, and you can’t even pick up the phone to say “Thank You”……it’s one of my pet peeves.  I feel like if people can’t even call to say “Thank You” then, I really can’t spend my time selecting things and shipping it to them in the future. 

I know you’re thinking the Bible says that “It’s more blessed to give than to receive.”  I’m not talking about giving a gift and not getting one in return, when I give gifts, I don’t expect anything in return other than a simple “Thank You.”

My point really is that no one has to give you anything ever, but people give gifts to say “I’m thinking of you”  “Happy Birthday” “Congratulations” or “I love you.”  When people don’t say “Thank You” I really feel like they expect people to give them things.

The Bible talks a lot about Thankfulness and being Thankful for things.  But, we also see in the parable of the 10 lepers, that Jesus healed them and only ONE of them remembered to say “Thank You.”  I wonder how often God does things for us, and we forget to say “Thank You.”  Are we to the point where we just expect God to do things for us because He loves us?

“A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart.”

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Here is a recipe for a DELICIOUS harvest dish that a friend of mine calls “Winter Vegetables”

You will need:

Parsnips
Turnips
Sweet Potatoes
Yams
A Yellow Onion

(You can add as many or as few of each above item as you prefer)

Slice them thinly and layer them in a baking dish.

Drizzle them with Canola oil, garlic salt and ground sage (As much or as little as your taste prefers.)

Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour at 350 until they are soft.

This dish is PERFECT for potlucks, Thanksgiving, Christmas or any special occasion.

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