Nov 17 2011

Embrace The Crazy

Maybe you feel like this too…just not a big fan of unsolicited advice.

That’s why when I see those “tips” written by well meaning people who think they know better than you about how they think you should have Thanksgiving, …it’s insulting.

Saw one of those “lists of tips” today called

“How to have a Sane Thanksgiving"

1. Don't cook it all yourself!

Okay this is not a new idea…churches have done this for century’s…the Lord’s supper was probably a pot luck.  We got this.

2. Get a head start.  Cook some things ahead.
Sure so instead of spending one whole day in the kitchen…you spend every night for a week cooking and cleaning.  I don’t know about you, but I have other things going on in life.

3. Keep the kids out of the kitchen.
HA!  Or put them to work! Tasks like carrying coats to the bedroom and making place cards are easy for little hands. Okay…that will busy my kids for about 30 seconds.  They also suggested having the older children teach the younger ones the story of Thanksgiving and then put on a play (if I did that as a kid my sister and I would totally fight about who got to be a pilgrim), or start a game of hot potato with a mini pumpkin.  Sure. Great way to get things broken and pumpkin goo all over the clean floor.

Thanksgiving isn’t sane, and that’s okay.  Embrace the crazy.  When the kids are wild, put on a movie, when crazy Uncle Joe starts telling his inappropriate stories again, laugh, be thankful for family.  When something is burned or dropped on the floor, smile, knowing that’s what your kids are going to remember. 

Sane Thanksgivings are boring.  If your family is anything like mine, The insane Holiday like the year mom got mad at Dad when he dropped the turkey on the floor while carving it, those are things we remember fondly and relive around the Thanksgiving table laughing…  Pure Joy.


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Nov 17 2011


You can find pros and cons…to everything in life. 

One of the cons to being single is when you fall asleep on the couch watching TV at night and no one is there to wake you up and say, “honey go to bed!”.  Then on the pro side when you scratch your car…you don’t have to fess up to anyone…don’t have to go home and say…”honey I damaged the car today.”

Sorry, it’s a silly thought.

It started when I read this, this morning, perfect start to the day.  It’s from the Daily Word,

The spirit of God goes before me, making safe and successful my way.

Closing my eyes and thinking of a loved one can bring a smile to your face and peace to your soul. The opposite is also true: When you worry, you may feel physical or emotional discomfort. Choosing to experience the joy of life,  you keep your thoughts positive and uplifted. Whether standing in line, interviewing for a job, (or scratching your mini van again while pulling out of a parking spot-I added that)

To keep you mind free of anxiety and fear remember what is true:

“You will have confidence, because there is hope; you will be protected”.--Job 11:18

Choose to experience the good in each moment…yeah so I scratched my minivan again…but there’s no one that’s going to be upset with me because I did it…I have no anxiety about it.  I don’t care…it’s a minivan, not a mercedes!

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