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    Anticipation

    A change had begun in her, but it was not yet complete. I was thinking of the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and the time of Mary’s last month of pregnancy. As a man I can’t imagine what she was feeling physically, yet I was wondering what she was thinking. However I’m thinking not as a new Mother, but as a recipient of The Messiah’s Mercy. As someone born after Jesus was, I have never known a day where He had not walked the shores of Galilee. Mary, at this point, had only known the days of before Jesus was born. Now she knew something else, she knew expectation that…

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    Sketch Recipe For Thanksgiving

    The savory and the sweet have been bought in preparation for the big day. We will talk to family, see loved ones, and give Thanks for what God has granted us all. How have you prepared for the big day? I guess I’m asking, what is your recipe for Thanksgiving? I don’t mean Aunt Martha’s secret for pumpkin pie, how do you celebrate? Beyond the food, how do you share with your children how to be Thankful? As the parent of a toddler we want to teach Nicholas gratitude. Thankfulness towards God, kindness and appreciate to others, and an attitude of thank you. Having a grateful attitude helps produce a…

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    Deer Thanksgiving – A Thanksgiving Mystery

    In our second Thanksgiving gift of the year, we offer a Thanksgiving Mystery. It’s our hope that Deer Thanksgiving warm your heart, and remind you that even an old iron deer can be a reason to be Thankful. The year she won it was 1942, off the back of a cereal box. Great Grandmother Henderson was so proud, they say, of her triumph. “Your Great Grandmother had sent in over two hundred jingles to that contest. She ate cereal every other meal for months, but she did it. Her grand prize, an iron deer.” I had asked Grandmother Tolbert a thousand times, so she answered automatically, even though I hadn’t…

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    Turkey P.H.A.T. (Place Her At Toledo)

    November combines two things that are dear to my heart, Thanksgiving and Adoption. This is not only the month we celebrate our own Adoption Day, but it’s National Adoption Awareness Month. I’m so thankful, both for our Thanksgiving heritage, but for God’s precious gift to us, our son. We are so Thankful that God used the vehicle of Adoption, to make us a family. The following is a story celebrating both Adoption and Thanksgiving, as our Thanksgiving gift to you. Turkey P.H.A.T., no it’s not a group from the nineties. It turns out, I was the turkey, and P.H.A.T. stood for place her at Toledo. The person responsible for my…

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    Thanksgiving Pizza – A Thanksgiving Story

    Ever since I was 14, our Thanksgiving dinner was pizza, but not just any pie, Thanksgiving pizza. No turkey, our bird of choice is goose. Mozzarella, provolone, goose, and Parmesan cornbread croutons. I know it sounds strange, but it was never weirder than the first year. It’s not because the turkey wouldn’t defrost, or Mom broke her foot. We had everything in place two weeks before, Mom is always prepared. That Thanksgiving the whole adventure could be laid at the feet of Grandpa Joseph. He had been a small time lawyer in Minnesota for twenty years, until one case. That case took everyone on a whirlwind adventure to Chicago that’s…

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    Writing, Thanksgiving

    Whether you’re writing a Thanksgiving story, or writing about gratitude, there’s a few things to keep in mind. First, take care the tone of the piece. While helping your readers to find the joy, and be thankful, be careful not to sound critical. They’re already reading your piece because they want to view their lives positively, so avoid the danger of a condescending tone. Second, whether a story or a inspirational piece, I would encourage you to not take the obvious path. It’s alright to be sentimental, but try and do so in a unique way. You can include all the traditional elements. It can be nostalgic, or even a…

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    A Marshmallow Turkey – A Thanksgiving Story

    What looks like a turkey, weighs far less, and could cost me a fortune? The answer a marshmallow, specifically a marshmallow turkey. It’s a long story, and since I’m waiting to hear if I will be making this same sugar bird every year, I’ve got some time. What’s sad is, up until this year, I refused to eat marshmallows on Thanksgiving. Don’t get me wrong, I love them at Christmas. I’ll eat every chocolate covered marshmallow Santa or snowman I see. This isn’t the case in November, probably because I refuse to eat them with vegetables. Some families make their sweet potatoes with nut toppings, cinnamon, etc, but not Aunt…

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    Everyday Is Thanksgiving

    Today, the day before Thanksgiving, our baby boy is 8 months old. The Lord placed the desire for Nicholas Asher Pruitt in our hearts before we ever held him in our arms. Now I can truly say, the fulfillment is better than the dream. When you’ve longed for a child, and every circumstance tells you that it won’t happen, it’s, well hard to describe. You have to hold on to the promise God gave you before you knew the circumstances. That doesn’t mean it’s not hard, but without God, even the waiting would be impossible. When you receive your blessing, the struggle makes every moment more precious. Yes there are…