Traveling, Traveling

Since Thanksgiving is one of the few major holidays that my husband doesn’t have a church service (our church has a Thanksgiving Eve service), we traveled to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving. These trips are always a bit of a whirlwind since we try to see both of my siblings/spouses, one of my husband’s sisters and her husband who lives about 20 minutes from my parents, and some of my friends from high school. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to see so many people, but my introverted side is always ready for another break when we get home. Consequently, tonight is another short post.



Happy Thanksgiving!

“Come, ye thankful people, come;
Raise the song of harvest home.
All be safely gathered in
Ere the winter storms begin;
God, our maker, doth provide
For our wants to be supplied.
Come to God’s own temple, come;
Raise the song of harvest home.”

“Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” LSB 892:1

It’s One of Those Weeks, But That’s Okay

It’s one of those weeks when extra duties for the church and a holiday crash into one another. An elderly church member died Thursday night, so my husband has a funeral service tomorrow afternoon. He also has an extra service this week on Wednesday night for Thanksgiving. We’re traveling a couple of hours on Thanksgiving to visit family. And then Sunday comes again and all the preparations that come with it.

Yes, it’s one of those weeks where my husband is busy at work and thinking about work when he’s at home. It’s one of those weeks where the majority of travel preparations fall on me. It’s one of those weeks were quality time for my husband and me is limited. It’s one of those weeks that the upcoming chaos of Advent and Christmas looms over our heads.

But you know what? This is okay. Not ideal, but okay. We will get through this week. We may be a little more tired than normal and our patience may be a bit short. Our routine may not operate as smoothly as usual. But we will live.

Being able to have this perspective is one of the advantages of being done with my husband’s first year in the ministry. I know now that there are just going to be weeks like this. Most people have them, even if their husbands aren’t pastors. Likewise, I understand that most likely¬†it will be over a month before we can catch up on rest and relaxation, but there will be a quieter time eventually. It may not be when we think it should come and we may have to purposely set aside time, but it will arrive. That is the ebb and flow of our parsonage life.

P.S.–Lest you think I have this whole pastor’s family thing figured out, feel free to check in on my attitude in a few weeks when the craziness of Advent is in full swing. My guess is that I’ll still have a breakdown or two. ūüôā¬†

Babykins’s Favorite Thanksgiving Book

Babykins’s favorite Thanksgiving book is Over the River and Through the Woods.¬†She loves hearing Lydia Maria Child’s¬†poem sung and observing woodcut illustrations by Christopher Mason. My parents bought her the book last year for her first Thanksgiving. At 2 months old, she didn’t care one bit about it then, but this year she pulls it off the shelf and has me read through it a couple of times per reading session. I highly recommend this book!

My Thanksgiving Poem

Over some rivers and down the interstate,
To Grandmother and Grandfather’s house we go.
My husband knows the way as the car radio plays
And as we pass the white and drifted snow.

Over some rivers and down the interstate,
Please don’t cry, sweet Babykins.
We’ll soon be there with family that cares,
And we’ll even meet with some friends.

Over some rivers and down the interstate,
Now Grandmother and Grandfather’s house I spy.
Hurrah for the fun! Have the Lions won?
Hurrah for some apple pie!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving



I am thankful for the gifts God has given me.

Shorter Holiday Season=Less Gifts to Buy?

I’m not much of a shopper to begin with, so I’ve never been shopping during the early morning on Black Friday. ¬†It just sounds like one of my worst nightmares: ¬†Crowded aisles, long lines, and certain folks who are ready to get in a fistfight over a Blue-ray player. ¬†I might wander into a store in the afternoon on Black Friday, but I’m always snuggled in my bed during the early-bird specials. ¬†It’s comfy and safe there.

However, over the last couple of years stores have begun pushing their Black Friday sales earlier and earlier. ¬†First it was stores opening at Midnight. ¬†Then it was stores opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. ¬†Now there are even stores staying open most of Thanksgiving Day and¬†Kmart is opening at 6 a.m. ¬†For a non-deal hunting, shopping hater, rather-sleep-and-do-without person like me, it’s a little flabbergasting.

I’m sure you’ve heard the arguments on both sides of the shopping line. ¬†If you’re shopping on Thanksgiving, it might be because you don’t want to miss out on the deals (which I would argue isn’t worth it, but that’s a story for another day). ¬†If you’re anti-shopping on Thanksgiving, you might talk about the workers who don’t get the day off or the rabid consumerism of our country.

However, I was reading this Huffington Post article today and heard a whole new argument that I don’t understand.

. . .but for retailers looking to squeeze as much as possible out of a holiday shopping season that’s six days shorter this year, staying closed on Thanksgiving could be risky. . .

I may be ignorant (again, not a savvy shopper here), but when I think “holiday shopping season”, I think of buying gifts. ¬†It doesn’t matter how long the holiday shopping season is, I still have to buy the same amount of presents. ¬†It’s not like with six less days I’m going to cut people off my gift-giving list.

Holiday Shopping


I don’t understand shopping at all. . .


When do you plan to do your holiday shopping?