Thanksgiving is Over: Now What?

I hope your turkey day was blessed!

Whether you were at home surrounded by friends and family,
whether you were overseas in another country missing your family,
even if you might have been sick or in the hospital with someone who was,
I pray that you remembered how fortunate we are to simply be alive.

We all get another day to love, dream, share, enjoy, and "do" life.

I spent my day with Mark and my girls Miss S (Sophomore in college) 
and Miss A (Sophomore in High School-we homeschool),
in Atlanta, GA, at another sister's home.

I have 3 sisters (Stephenie, Amy, and Ana) and through a series of wondrous events
I was reunited with 2 of them (Amy and Ana) after 35 years!
And this was our first Thanksgiving (or any holiday for that matter) all together!

It was memorable, to say the least!

As my beefcake and I were cleaning up Ana's kitchen last night,
I reflected on the events of the day
and how we move, during this time of the year,
from one event to the next, without much more thought 
than checking off what's on our TO DO list.

Mine looks like this:

Leslie's Holiday TO DO List:

  1. Get through Thanksgiving.
  2. Send out the Fondue Festivities and Happy Holiday Hunting party invites.
  3. (Will talk about this next post).
  4. Get down the boxes of Christmas decorations.
  5. Get a new-to-me outfit for the parties we're attending.
  6. Put lights outside.
  7. Decorate the outside of the house.
  8. Make a few new crafts.
  9. Put the tree(s) up and decorate them.
  10. Clean house.
  11. Design the mantel decor and centerpieces.
  12. Make sure the pantry is stocked with baking supplies.
  13. Family volunteer with Salvation Army Toy Drive.
  14. Bake cookies and make candies.
  15. Wrap presents.
  16. Etc.
  17. Etc.
  18. Etc.

Then, I remembered a piece of paper that gets packed up into 
one of my Christmas Rubbermaid storage boxes after Christmas every year,
and then rediscovered every year as I begin the preparations
for the new Christmas season.

It gets hung on my refrigerator to remind me of what's more important
than checking off a TO DO list.

A Home Maker’s Christmas Guide
~1 Corinthians 13

If I decorate my house perfectly with satin and velvet bows, 
strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls, but do not show love to my family, 
I'm just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, 
preparing gourmet meals and arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime, 
but do not show love to my family, 
I'm just another cook.

If I work at the soup kitchen, 
carol in the nursing home and give all that I have to charity, 
but do not show love to my family, 
it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes, 
attend a myriad of holiday parties 
and sing in the choir's cantata but do not focus on Christ, 
I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.

Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.

Love is kind, though harried and tired.

Love doesn't envy another's home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love doesn't yell at the kids to get out of the way.

Love doesn't give only to those who are able to give in return 
but rejoices in giving to those who can't.

Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. 

Video games will break, pearl necklaces will be lost, golf clubs will rust, 
but giving the gift of LOVE will endure.

                  -Author Unknown

Let's remember to LOVE this season!


  1. Oh Leslie, AS ALWAYS I love your post! I'm going to share that take on 1 Corinthians 13 with my SS class on Sunday. It's wonderful.

    And how wonderful that you found two sisters after 35 years this year. Truly, it was a Thanksgiving for you!

  2. Leslie, Thank you for sharing that poem about sharing love. It is all so true!! I am so happy you found your sisters after 35 years!! Thanksgiving is something you will remember from this year on!! God Bless You!!

  3. Beautiful post Leslie.. I enjoy my visits here so much.. I love reading your words from the heart and they bring my great joy..
    I am so happy you found and were reunited with your sisters. I found out last year I have a brother and 2 sisters living just 1 town away from me. My reunion didnt come to fruition but I was happy just to see their faces in photos. They looked like happy healthy folks and I am very glad and grateful for that...

    Holiday Hugs and Best Thoughts

  4. What a wondeful Thanksgiving for you and your sisters!
    I love this Home Maker's Christmas Guide. Thanks for sharing it and thanks for sharing the planning guide. I printed both.
    Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend.

  5. That was great, Leslie. Really enjoyed reading it. So happy you were reunited with your sisters. I'll bet that was quite a reunion. Susan

  6. Leslie, this was a very warm and real post. I love your poem about the true meaning of being a homemaker. I'm glad you got to spend time with your long-lost family, it sounds like some wonderous things were happening there.

  7. How amazing it must have been to be together with your sisters for Thanksgiving! What a blessing!

    I love the Home Make's Christmas Guide! Need to hang that in my kitchen as I reminder.

  8. Great post! I love the picture of the plate and of course, the poem is perfect. Have a great weekend. Lisa~

  9. Leslie,
    I am so happy you got to spend Thanksgiving with your sisters! Beautiful post!

  10. I doubled over with pain as I read your post. I think of all the years I was raising my three girls and how aware I was each year of how I wanted to be. I am aware even now that I fell short then and I do now. It is so simple to want to take care of what is truly important but somehow the urgent seems to get the attention. Thank you for sharing this and your life with us. It makes a difference to know we are not alone in our struggles to be/do/feel more loving and kind.

  11. You are way organized there Sista! I love the KISS rule, love it, and those words will ring in my head all season long. I am not off to a good start though HA! Revamping tomorrow and starting from scratch. Your thanksgiving meal looked delish!

  12. What a great read! Loved your poem! It was very touching and gave me some things to think about. Thank you! You have a new follower!!

  13. Yes! Another woman who get's it! I wrote a post last Christmas about the rush from one event to another instead of graciously accepting and rejoicing in HIS gift -- the present.

    We have much in common, Leslie. I also have three sisters -- one I was raised with, one I searched for and located and one I have not yet met.

    Happy you spent the day surrounded by love celebrating your many blessings.

    Your Friend,

  14. Hi Leslie! Im your newest follower and LOOOOOOOOOVIN IT! I am crazy about your blog! I will be spending SHAMEFUL amounts of time wandering thru your posts! :) I would LOOOOVE it if you would visit my 14 days of xmas trees! I have a giveaway soo glad i found you!


  15. Beautiful! I really love this.

    Last night, Mr. C and I spent hours decorating the front of our house, I don't know why, but we felt compelled to do more than we've ever done in the past. We've never been ones to do much in the way of outdoor Christmas lights, but for some reason we decided to do something a little more special for our girls this year, and their 18 & 21!

    Love... starting here @ home, hoping to spill it all over those we come in contact with this holiday season.

  16. Making the transition into the Christmas Advent season is slow going this year. Thanks for the lists and hints to get me and others going today!


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