Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving with baby

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to realize how blessed we are in so many ways and be especially thankful for those new additions to the family. I am so thankful for the wonderful baby I have been blessed with and I am really looking forward to celebrating her second Thanksgiving. My baby’s first Thanksgiving was very low key and I did not even take any pictures. Being only 3 months old, she did not take part in the Thanksgiving festivities much, and spent half the day sleeping.

baby's first thanksgivingI wish I had taken a little more time to make her first Thanksgiving special, but I was just so tired I could hardly think straight. So, she slept intermittently in her car seat as family members ooh-ed and aah-ed over her, and we all stuffed our faces with delicious food. This Thanksgiving will be much different though. She will actually get to eat the Thanksgiving food and take part in some festivities. Also, we are doing something a little different for Thanksgiving this year,but I will tell you more about it afterwards.

For now, I think you might enjoy hearing about my last Thanksgiving before baby story. There is not much to tell, it was pretty much the same as every year, except I was pregnant without knowing it. All my family members kept asking when Jonathan and I were planning to have children during the year leading up to that Thanksgiving. My mom had been dropping hints that she was ready to be a Grandma, although I kept telling her she was too young.

So, during that Thanksgiving meal when I was unknowingly pregnant with my baby girl, I stated to my extended family that I did not want children any time soon because I was still establishing my career. I even went into some detail about how having children right now would bring some difficult decisions for me and Jonathan. Ha! Little did I know, I was already about 2 weeks pregnant wit the most wonderful blessing I have ever received, my sweet baby girl Anneliese. For Christmas that year, I got to announce the news to the entire family, and my baby was considered the most wonderful surprise “gift” for Christmas.

 Thou who hast given so much to me, give me one more thing – a grateful heart! ~ George Herbert

I am so thankful for the many blessings the Lord has bestowed upon me over the years. Here are a few that I can mention off the top of my head:

  1. Born and raised in the greatest country in the world- U.S.A.
  2. Raised in a wonderful, Godly household.
  3. Never gone hungry.
  4. Always had a roof over my head.
  5. A closet full of good clothes.
  6. An excellent education
  7. A sound mind and healthy body.
  8. Married to a wise and faithful man.
  9. A perfect baby girl.
  10. A million more blessings that I don’t have time to name.

Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations. ~ Psalm 100

When was the last time you counted your blessings and gave thanks for all you have? What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving?

Thanksgiving Fun Facts

fun thanksgiving facts

Just about everyone knows the history of Thanksgiving but you may not know some of the more unique and interesting facts concerning this holiday. For this Thanksgiving, I want to share with everyone some fun facts I have dug up, so you can sound smart at the Thanksgiving dinner table as you impress family members with interesting, yet useless knowledge. I hope you enjoy!


Most Americans know that the official first Thanksgiving was began by the Mayflower pilgrims and local Native Americans at Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621. The following is the actual source of what we know about that time. It was called “A relation or journall of the beginning & proceedings of the English plantation settled at Plimoth in New England” or Mourt’s Relation. This piece is specifically about that first Thanksgiving:

…our harvest being gotten in, our governour sent foure men on fowling, that so we might after a speciall manner rejoyce together, after we had gathered the fruits of our labours ; they foure in one day killed as much fowle, as with a little helpe beside, served the Company almost a weeke, at which time amongst other Recreations, we exercised our Armes, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest king Massasoyt, with some ninetie men, whom for three dayes we entertained and feasted, and they went out and killed five Deere, which they brought to the Plantation and bestowed on our Governour, and upon the Captaine and others.  And although it be not always so plentifull, as it was at this time with us, yet by the goodness of God, we are so farre from want,  that we often wish you partakers of our plentie. ~ excerpt from Mourt’s Relation by Edward Winslow

Another account of the first Thanksgiving was told several years later by William Bradford in his colonial biography, Of Plymouth Plantation.

President Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November in part, due to the efforts of Sarah Josepha Hale.

Fun Thanksgiving Facts

thanksgiving facts42.2 Million – number of Americans who traveled more than 50 miles from home for Thanksgiving in 2010.

248 Million turkeys will be raised in the U.S. this year with Minnesota being the top producer.

20% of the turkey consumed in the U.S. every year, occurs during Thanksgiving.

88% of Americans will eat turkey for Thanksgiving this year.

I wish the Bald Eagle had not been chosen as the Representative of our Country…The Turkey is a much more respectable Bird, and withal a true original Native of America. ~ Benjamin Franklin

2,020 pounds – weight of the largest pumpkin pie ever made, with a diameter 12 feet long.

1924 – first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was began to signify the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

3 Million – estimated number of people that will attend the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

750 Million pounds of cranberries were produced in the U.S. this past year and most came from Wisconsin.

37 – number of cities in the U.S. with Plymouth in their name.

4 – number of cities in the U.S. named after the Turkey.

1876 – first Thanksgiving Championship Football game was played, beginning the tradition of football on Thanksgiving. It was Yale versus Princeton with Yale being the victor.

{sources: U.S. Census Bureau, History.com, and Pilgrim Hall Museum.}