Monday, November 19, 2012

Thanksgiving is almost upon us

I woke up this morning thinking..."I can't believe Thursday is Thanksgiving."  I have so much to do before the family comes in...tomorrow.  So, why am I writing a blog instead of working on stuff that needs to be done.  Because I want to share some thanksgiving thoughts that are going through my head.

I have been thinking about being thankful for the valleys of our life.  My parents used to sing together and one of my favorite songs they sang was "Thank You for the Valley" by Dottie Rambo.  I loved hearing them sing it, and it wasn't because I heard a cute boy from church camp sing it when I was little too - however, I do still remember him singing it.  

That song talks about how life can't be all sunshine, because the flowers would die without rain, the rivers would be barren, and if we had only blessings our prayer life would suffer to an extent. 

The chorus talks about being thankful for the lonely nights.  I know I have lived through many lonely nights, but I wouldn't trade them because God was with me during each one of them.  I struggle a lot of times being single and not having a companion, but I'd rather be single than settle for something that is less than God's best for me.  

I'm thankful for the valleys I walk through...knowing that Jesus is with me...guiding me each step of the way :)

Friday, November 09, 2012

so much to do ...

so  little time.  I can not believe there are only 12 days until my family celebrates Buckeye Christmas.  This is what we call the Jayne Family Christmas.  I was raised in a family with 7 children and 6 of them are married and live away. 5 of them have kids...and it makes it hard to get everyone in at Christmas time, so several years, we decided to change it up and have everyone come in during the Thanksgiving weekend.  We used to celebrate the Christmas part on Friday or Saturday, but that has changed too.  Now we celebrate it on Thanksgiving.  How does that go?  Well, we meet around 2 pm for Thanksgiving dinner, then that afternoon/evening we have Buckeye Christmas.  I'm not really sure why it's called Buckeye, because for several years it was held in Kentucky, but we still called it that.  I have to say, I like calling it Buckeye - because I am one :)

We have a lot of fun getting together to eat, fellowship, eat, play games (especially mafia), eat some more, play with the nieces/nephews, and did I mention eat????  One of our favorites is Giovanni's Pizza.  My family LOVES it. :) it's the BEST!

This Buckeye Christmas may have more tears than any other Buckeye Christmas we have had.  My daddy is in Heaven now and he is greatly missed.  I was thinking about last December and how I sang a new song at their church - I actually surprised my parents.  My dad was doing well and he was singing in the choir...that was just last December...and now he's with Jesus.  The time was just too short with him.  I am thankful that he shared with me Jesus' gift of Salvation.  Christmas is all about Jesus coming to earth - did it happen on December 25th? No, but that's the day we have set aside to celebrate it.

I have a few projects I'm working on to complete for Buckeye Christmas and Christmas in December.  I also am directing the Children's Christmas program again this year.  I have been reading the Christmas story from the Bible to these kids.  My helpers and I have prayed over the kids and for the hearts of those who will attend.  I am praying the seeds will be planted - and maybe harvested through this presentation.

Well...this blog is all over the place, but it's been awhile since I wrote. I hope to do better and maybe things can settle down some :)