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Seven Score and Several Years Ago

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Have blessed day!

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Seven Score and several years ago, our president brought forth this proclamation of  Thanksgiving.  Today is a good day to read it, and to take measure of where we are in our national life and personal lives.

It’s a good day to give thanks to God and recall his promise in Second Chronicles 7:14 – “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

A Thanksgiving Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln   Date: October 20, 1864

It has pleased Almighty God to prolong our national life another year, defending us with his guardian care against unfriendly designs from abroad, and vouchsafing to us in His mercy many and signal victories over the enemy, who is of our own household. It has also pleased our…

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Easy as Pie Key Lime Pie

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We call it Key Lime Pie, but I don’t think I’ve ever actually used KEY limes to make it.

Years ago I was walking around in the grocery store with my son, Matt, and we started talking about Key Lime Pie. We had heard of it, and it sounded good, but we both agreed that we really didn’t know what key limes were, or what kind of ingredients such a pie might need. So we went with our best guesses…limes, sour cream, whipping cream…

Then we got home we looked through my pile of cookbooks, and discovered that we had bought a lot of things we didn’t need.  But we found a couple of recipes which we combined, and tweaked to make this easy, yummy dessert. It has been a Thanksgiving favourite for at least 10 years.

8 large egg yolks

2 14 ounce cans of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup of freshly squeezed lime juice


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Thankfulness ABCs

Amanda, Audrey, anise, and Abercrombie T-shirts for a dollar at a yard sale.  This is part of my “A-list” of things I’m thankful for this year.

Thanksgiving Day is a little more than a week away and I’ve been enjoying the posts of many of my friends who are taking part in Facebook’s “ month of gratitude “.

I haven’t been posting regularly in the Month of Gratitude. That’s partly because I somehow missed it until it was well underway. And also because I knew I would get writer’s block trying to think of something “profound” to write in that public arena every single day for a month. 

I went back and forth about it in my mind. So what if it’s not profound? So what if I miss a day?

As a rule I am a thankful person, and I’m usually pretty vocal with my thanks. But I had to laugh ruefully when I saw myself in a Facebook post: It said something like, “Facebook, where we express thankfulness for one month and then gripe for the rest of the year.”

I am thankful, but then again, I do gripe. (I like to think of myself as a balanced person.)

No doubt Myles Standish and friends did a bit of griping before that day they got together with the friendly Indians for the first Thanksgiving Feast.  But then they were thankful. We know the Israelites griped all the way through their 40 years in the wilderness. But then they wrote some wonderful songs of thankfulness after they adjusted their focus. 

Sometimes, things are hard. Or sad. Or wrong. The gripes or sorrow or anger just push their way to the front of the mind.

In her bestselling book, Unglued, Lysa Terkeurst says, “I can’t authentically praise God for anything that is wrong or evil, but I sure can shift my focus to all that is right and praise Him for that.”

I woke up thinking about this a few days ago. Thankfulness. A thankful life. 

100_7457What if I made it a point to write down one thing I was especially thankful for every day of the year? Maybe it would help me keep “an attitude of gratitude”.

If you know me at all you know how I am about alphabetical lists, so I hopped out of bed and went to my computer to make my alphabetical thankfulness list. Two weeks of thankfulness beginning with the letter “A” …two weeks of “B-thankfulness” etc.

The list is hanging on the pantry door in our kitchen, and by the time I get to the end of the alphabet 52 weeks will have passed.  It will be next Thanksgiving.

By that time I’ll have three pages: a three-foot-long list of things I am thankful for.

And I’m pretty sure that my brain and heart will be stirred up to write a new list of things for which I am even more thankful!

As Lysa reminds me, “The more my heart is parked in a place of thanksgiving and rejoicing, the less room I have for grumpiness.”

(Let me know if you’d like me to send you a copy of my A-Z thankfulness template.)

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Give Peace a Chance

John’s post is worth thinking about on “Armistice Day” (and every day!

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World Peace Bumper StickerHow many of us remember this Bumper Sticker? “Visualize World Peace” was the slogan of a well-meaning organization called Peace Vision that originated in Texas in 1985. (These things always originate in Texas). They believed that if enough individuals visualized peace, there would be peace in the world. The only problem is, it doesn’t work!
Back in the day, you would see these bumper stickers all around town. Peace SignYou’d see them on cars in bumper-to-bumper traffic on the freeway. And you’d see their drivers offering gestures that were NOT the peace symbol.
But ”World Peace” is too big an issue for most of us. What we really want is a little peace in our homes and in our marriages.

If I asked you: How do you define “Peace”?
Some would say:
…If only I could get my teenager to….
…If only I could get my boss to………….
…If only I…

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The Numbered Box Retrieval System

John’s eyes popped when I walked into the house carrying his camo hunting jacket.  “How did you find it so fast?” he asked.  It had only been five minutes since he asked me if I could go find it in the garage. “How do you keep track of things like this?”

I laughed. My storage system sort of parallels my mental storage system – long and short term storage.

I don’t recall what I came into this room for…but I do remember my address from when I was in kindergarten, my teacher’s name, and all the words to most of Simon and Garfunkel’s songs. By the same token, I might not be able to find today’s newspaper, or the birthday card I just got for my aunt, but I can easily walk out to the garage and retrieve just about anything we have stored out there in long term storage.

A few days ago I wrote about how the cabinets and closets in my house prove the second law of thermodynamics, so why is it so easy to find things that are stored in the garage? The secret of my long-term storage memory is our numbered box system.

I don’t remember where I first heard about this storage method, but I’ve been doing it for about 30 years.

apple boxesBack when I first started, I scoured supermarkets and begged for apple boxes. I wanted lots of boxes that were about the same size and shape, so they could be neatly and easily stacked.  I numbered each box with a fat felt pen, and then made a corresponding index card describing what went into that box.

Box #1 had our Christmas decorations   Box #25 had old record albums. Box #15 had my children’s special baby clothes. etc etc.

card fileI put the index cards in a recipe file box, and stored it in an easily accessible, easy to remember place.  (*Very important to remember where you put the card file box.)

Over the years most of the boxes have disintegrated, and been replaced by computer paper boxes.  The index cards have been rewritten as the contents of the boxes changed.  But it’s still pretty easy to run out to the garage and find out where I stored all the report cards and science projects from my children’s elementary school days, or even John’s camo hunting jacket.