Monday, November 24, 2008

Giving Thanks

Our Thanksgiving Celebration has begun! The Plymouth Pilgrims feasted and celebrated for three whole days, and we agree that one-day holidays are simply insufficient. So our feasting and celebrating has already begun. Yesterday our church celebrated a feast of Thanksgiving together. As I was busy with other things I didn't get very many pictures, but I had to get one of our church's Thanksgiving Tree. It looks considerably smaller in this photo than if you were actually standing there. It was an impressive (and rather eclectic) collection of leaves each of which contained something that we were grateful for. Some were very specific and personal, and others very general. Some you knew instantly who wrote them, and others were items that most any of us could have written. Some were deep and thought provoking, and others were more humorous. We will definitely do this again in the future!

As Dad is our resident engineer, we asked him to design and sketch the tree, which he did - and impressed us all in his method of operation. :-)

A few pilgrim gentlemen showed up for our feast, as did a few Indians... We had some small pilgrim girls running around too, and I so wish I had a picture of them, as well.

We had a delightful time together, and the afternoon program was a lot of fun. Many thanks to all who participated in presentations! And, of course, a big thanks to all who helped cook and clean-up our feast! :-)


The church celebration wasn't the only event of the weekend, though. On Saturday Josiah had a cello recital in Rockford College's Maddox Theater. For those keeping track of his progress, he performed Sicilienne from Suzuki Book 7, and did a wonderful job.

And one final photo. The view from an upstairs window this morning:

Ahhh, isn't it lovely?


Jonathan M. Erber said...

The snow was beautiful, I'm very ready for Winter! :) I'm just glad my brakes didn't go out till the way home from work! :p

Erber Correspondent said... more thing to be thankful for, eh? :)

Anonymous said...

We are thankful for you, Jessica, for putting on a wonderful program on Sunday. It was a time of light-hearted laughter and wonderful music of sincere thanksgiving to our Lord. Thank you for sacrificing your time and using your talents to honor and glorify God for all he has done. The tree was really impressive!

Mrs. Webb for the family

Nathan & Jeanine DeLadurantey said...

Can we have another recital on Thursday?


Tara Janelle said...

Thanks so much, Jessica, for all you did for the celebration on Sunday! It was very fun!

The picture of the snow is really beautiful!

Erber Correspondent said...

It's one thing to think up things for other people to do, it's another thing to actually get up and do them! So, the real thanks goes to all those who stood up and spoke/sang/read/etc. in front of everyone! :)

Kawell Writer said...

Happy Thanksgiving! May God bless your growing family in the coming year!

hubers said...

It actually looks very beautiful at a distance...:) Personally I am very thankful to be in Texas and enjoying the lovely weather while cutting out our paper snowflakes to create our "winter wonderland". Though I don't miss the freezing cold, I do miss you all!

Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas to all...we love you!