Friday, November 28, 2008

THANKSGIVING & 2 BIRTHDAYS of our favorite holidays because of celebrating with our family and then Mickey & our son-in-love, Dave, share a November 24th birthday and we always combine it with Thanksgiving making it is a very special time.

Of course we have MANY things to be Thankful for and we are....but this year we have a very special Thankfulness that Mickey's bi-pass surgery is behind us, that we have just celebrated 50 years of marriage, and that we have a close-knit family unit.

Thankful we live in America, and even though we have a lot of problems in our country it still offers us all kind of opportunities to those who are self-reliant and industrious. I am thankful, at this time when the economy is in such question, that all of ours have good, stable jobs. Actually the economy in our area is still holding up pretty good and we have $1.539 gas prices!!!!!

I especially am thankful that I have a Loving God, Savior & Holy Spirit and that I am saved. I am thankful for the wonderful Body of Christ that we attend locally and the BODY of CHRIST that we are a part of globally. I am thankful I have a soon returning Bridegroom coming back for us, His spotless Bride. I am thankful for the movement of Prayer that is springing up all over and am thankful for the pray-ers who have joined with me in Hearts In "1" Accord.

I am thankful for the world of blogging and the wonderful friends I have made during this wonderful adventure of which all of you reading this are a part of.

Here is our Thanksgiving spread!!! and granddaughter, Oksana.

I fixed the turkey, cornbread stuffing, mashed potato's, and home made yeast rolls.

Suzette brought sweetpotato's, cranberry salad & canned gravy.

Jacque brought the vegetable salad, croutons, & ranch dressing. We also had my homemade vinaigrette dressing.

Benny brought his wonderful Amish green bean dish.

and Marc brought large Carmel apple pie & pecan pie and cool whip. I also baked a store bought pumpkin pie.

Tea, coffee and white & red sparkling grape juice to drink.

It was truly a delicious FEAST and we ALL ate too much.

Here are the delicious pies!!! The missing piece of Carmel apple pie is thanks to 9 year old grandson, Aric!!!!

My gift to Mickey was a black leather bible cover for the 10 year old large print KJV bible that Jacque gave him for his birthday in 1998. The cover was beginning to get worn but he loves the bible and wants to keep using it for the one he takes to church each Sunday.

Here is Dave opening his gift from Jacque & Benny. I wish I had known what was going to be in the box and had gotten a picture the minute he saw this PINK Bass Pro hooded sweatshirt. As you can tell from Oksana and Benny's laughing it was sooo funny. A PINK anything is the last thing Dave would EVER wear.

(in small print......this was Dave's 55th BD)

Another shot of the obligatory picture of holding up this treasure and Oksana & Benny still enjoying this moment.

Mickey opening his gray hooded Bass Pro sweatshirt and Dave saying, "I think these packages got mixed up, Mickey. I think this one is yours."

By the way, this is Mickey's 76th birthday. I think he is as handsome as ever and just so glad he is my husband and FRIEND.

Dave receiving his Navy Blue Bass Pro hooded sweatshirt. Jacque had bought the pink one for herself and couldn't resist the temptation to pull this fast one on Dave. As you know, our family is great about pulling these stunts on each other. Check here to read about Marc's "Betty" bowling ball for his BD.

Our son, David, called during the time of dinner and dessert, (we had to wait to even have room for dessert!!) so it was perfect timing. I answered and then the phone was passed around to everyone and ended back with me. An added treat for Thanksgiving and something else to be thankful for!!

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great day with tons of good food (as did we!)

Happy birthday to Mickey! He does have such a sweet face and smile. It just warms your heart. Be sure to give him our best wishes.

Tina said...

the food looks so yummy, especially your rolls! maybe you can email me the recipe.

Happy belated birthday Mickey.

And Happy day after Thanksgiving! :)

Tammy said...

So glad you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and birthday celebrations, as well!
A happy birthday to both birthday guys- and yes, Mickey is indeed a handsome husband! :)

groovyoldlady said...

What a wonderful celebration! I love the pink shirt gag. I can think of a couple of macho men who would fall for that one!

MightyMom said...

oh good, so tell me, is it a good thing or a bad thing to combine the birthday with Thanksgiving?? I can't decide

Humble wife said...

Happy Birthday to the Joyce men! Lovely setting for the dinner, and so happy that you had yet another holiday with your ruggedly handsome husband!

About the comment on DN Bills' b-day is Christmas day, so we take the tree down mid day and have his party...neat we both accommodate our loved ones!

retha said...

I am also laughing like Oksana just looking at her enjoying the moment. Being able to do tricks on one another definitely shows your good relationship.

The Olson's: said...

So much to be thankful for - even during hard times. And I can hear the laughter from the "joke"! It's great having a family that loves to laugh together.

Happy Birthday to both men & Happy Thanksgiving to your family!
~ Leanne

Dawn said...

Sounds like a wonderful day. I'll be sharing our day soon. I'm spending the day relaxing.

It's All Good! said...

What a fun day! Love the pink sweatshirt stunt...sounds like something I would've done.
Mickey looks good.
God bless, Susan.
Brenda :)

Jillian, Inc said...

That's quite a feast! Glad you had such a wonderful day together with family. And Happy Birthday to Mickey!

Betty said...

Sounds like you had a great day. The pie´s look delicious!
Happy Birthday to your son in law and husband!!

Anonymous said...

What a spread! Happy post Birthday to your Mickey!

diana said...

sounds like you had a wonderful day and so much to be thankful for. thanks for sharing it with us.

and happy birthday, mickey.

Anonymous said...

Someone had some fun this Thanksgiving, yes? I am happy that you enjoyed your holiday. I sometimes think that Thanksgiving is the doorway to Greater Blessings. Do you?

Nancy said...

You guys did it up BIG!!! Just poppin in to say have a good weekend.

annie said...

Looks like a great day! I love the sweatshirt switching... so funny. Sounds like something I would do to my brother :)

Momma Roar said...

It certainly sounds like you had a wonderful time together with lots of yummy foods too! :-)

Lori said...

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

Your Thanksgiving feast looked wonderful.

Happy Belated Birthday to Mickey

Susan said...

Sounds like a great day with wonderful memories.

Thanks for sharing.