Thankfulness and Anticipation

Seasons are a wonderful way to mark the passage of time.  We just celebrated Thanksgiving which can be a sweet season of thankfulness.  Ryan and I enjoyed the fall colors and time with family in Northern California.  It was nice to relax a little before December comes around.

IMG_20151125_123531I especially love special seasons like Advent because they help us to be intentional in times of busyness.  Today is the first day of Advent.  We will light the first candle, read and pray.  Since we will be in Wisconsin for Christmas, our only decorations this year will be centered around Advent and remembering the birth of our hope, Christ Jesus.

20151129_075719We need daily reminders of the gospel and our Advent wreath is a great way to encourage sweet anticipation during this season that could easily be swallowed up with activities and preparation for Australia.  But Ryan and I will try to pause each day for Advent in order to prepare our hearts for the Christmas season and the celebration for the birth of the Christ Child, the Savior of the world.

Thanksgiving in Sacramento

We are headed up to Sacramento today.  We’re hoping for some rain, colder weather and a nice Thanksgiving holiday.  There will be some relaxing but also a lot of time with family and friends.  Please forgive the blog silence for a few days if I don’t post every activity:-)  But you can follow me on Instagram: joycandee for more up to date happenings.

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Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends both here in the US and overseas!  I wish everyone safe travels, lots of turkey and many memories.  May you not just be thankful but live thankfully.  “Thanksgiving, after all is a word of action.”  Thank you WJ Cameron for that wonderful insight.

Merry Christmas and Happy Thanksgiving too!

My holiday timetable is a bit off.  It all started out ok but then I just couldn’t decided if it was really the Christmas season yet or if I still needed another dose of Thanksgiving.  On Thursday the 24th I celebrated Thanksgiving in the village.  This was a close approximation with canned ham, stuffing from a box, mashed potatoes from a can, greens, baking powder biscuits and chocolate cake for dessert.  It was a nice change from the usual village food so no complaints here.

Then I returned to Ukarumpa and my housemate Amanda was all geared up for Christmas.  We went and got the tree from storage, turned on some Christmas music and decorated our little hearts out.  We even watched a Charlie Brown Christmas.  It was very fun and now our apartment is happy for the holidays.

That evening I was invited to a family Thanksgiving meal.  Because Thanksgiving isn’t a PNG holiday, no one had Thursday off and so it was more convenient to celebrate on Saturday.  The table was set beautifully (thanks to our hostess Debbie who is pictured with her table above) and the food was very very delicious.  Our contribution was Pecan Pie and Green Salad.  After the meal we all watch a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.  Nothing like cartoons to continue the holiday spirit.

On Sunday Thanksgiving continued with a Pie and Praise afternoon get together.  This was a fun time where we ate pie and wrote our praises down on Turkey tail feathers.  It was nice to hear happy praises and to celebrate being Thankful with friends.

So I guess the Thanksgiving is pretty much over but the Christmas fun is just beginning.  Amanda and I will keep listening to Christmas music, have plans to bake (and frost!) sugar cookies and of course watch all the other fun Christmas movies.

Hope you’ve been enjoying this holiday season!