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Come Ye Thankful People Come

Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; His greatness is unsearchable. One generation will commend Your works to the next, and they shall proclaim Your mighty acts.
Psalm 145-2-4

Another Thanksgiving is almost upon us!  I honestly can't believe it!  I don't know if it's because I just came off of four weeks of working full-time covering my part-time position along with a co-worker's very busy full-time position or the fact that Thanksgiving is indeed earlier this year, but here we are!

This year it will just be my husband and I traveling to New Jersey where we will spend Thanksgiving at my brother Kevin and sister-in-law Carolyn's home with my niece and nephew and will be joined by my parents, my brother Bryan, sister-in-law and niece Meghan and Carolyn's family.  It is my absolute FAVORITE holiday.  I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family where holidays are filled with love, laughter, and good food.

I have soooo much to be thankful for this year!

It would be a very long blog post were I to list an entire year's worth of thanks, but I thought I would share a few of those things that I have been thankful for, especially recently.

Starting off with the arrival of my second grandchild, Chase Ray!  He was born on November 4th at 11:45 p.m.   I had the unbelievable privilege of being present for his birth!   I am still in awe of the absolute miracle of childbirth, not to mention seeing yet another grandchild come into the world right before my eyes!

I wondered how I could possibly love another grandchild as much as I love Lexi, but as soon as I saw Chase my heart burst with love...

My whole world right here.  <3

...And I would say his big sister felt the same way.  <3

I am also very thankful for a winterized screened in porch!  I found plans on Pinterest for how to make DIY panels to cover the screens using 20 gauge vinyl, gaff tape, grommets and eye hooks at a fraction of the cost that it would be to buy professional custom made panels.  My husband and son-in-law finished up yesterday. Today Michael and I rearranged furniture and brought up our portable fireplace/heater.  We have plans to put a Christmas tree with lights out there and who knows, maybe with the greenhouse effect and the heater, we will be able to have Christmas dinner out on the porch!  All I know is that it will be sooo nice to still utilize our porch even on 30 degree days.  Our porch is such a happy place for me.  :-)

I am so thankful for my church family, our small group members and the women who participated in our recent Ladies Bible Study.   I have experienced some of the sweetest fellowship at our new church home and am soo very grateful for each and every member.

And last but not least, I am so very thankful for precious friendships that have grown through the blogging community.  Even though we may never meet in person, I look forward to the day when we all stand before the throne praising God together.

I shared in last year's Thanksgiving post my favorite hymn for the holiday, and I wanted to share it again.  I've been finding myself singing it to myself the past few days, and I absolutely LOVE the Mormon Tabernacle's rendition of it.

So without further adieu, my favorite Thanksgiving hymn is, Come Ye Thankful People Come

Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

1. Come, ye thankful people, come, 
raise the song of harvest home; 
all is safely gathered in, 
ere the winter storms begin. 
God our Maker doth provide 
for our wants to be supplied; 
come to God's own temple, come, 
raise the song of harvest home. 

2. All the world is God's own field, 
fruit as praise to God we yield; 
wheat and tares together sown 
are to joy or sorrow grown; 
first the blade and then the ear, 
then the full corn shall appear; 
Lord of harvest, grant that we 
wholesome grain and pure may be. 

3. For the Lord our God shall come, 
and shall take the harvest home; 
from the field shall in that day 
all offenses purge away, 
giving angels charge at last 
in the fire the tares to cast; 
but the fruitful ears to store 
in the garner evermore. 

4. Even so, Lord, quickly come, 
bring thy final harvest home; 
gather thou thy people in, 
free from sorrow, free from sin, 
there, forever purified, 
in thy presence to abide; 
come, with all thine angels, come, 
raise the glorious harvest home. 

Henry Alford

May you all be richly blessed this Thanksgiving by God's bountiful goodness and grace.


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  1. Karen - Congratulations on your new grand baby! What an amazing gift a new born is. and have a blessed time celebrating Thanksgiving with your brother in New Jersey. Blessings to you - we are neighbors over at Mary's #LMMLinkup this week. My Thursday Linkup #TuneInThursday won't be happing this week, due to Thanksgiving, but I will be back next week, I hop you will linkup with me there. :)

    1. Hi Debbie, Thanks!

      Indeed they are! We did have a very blessed time with our family in New Jersey. :-)

      I will see you next week at Tune-InThursday. :-D

  2. Congratulations on your newest grandchild, Karen! I've just been ushered into grandmotherhood recently with the birth of my grandson Samson on Oct. 21st. We got to visit them soon after ,and getting to hold and soothe him was the best!

    I have so much to be thankful for too! My list sounds similar to yours. I actually saw on Pinterest how a pumpkin was written on with all the people and things you're grateful for. It's so cute and a great opportunity to recall all the blessings in my life! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend!

    1. Hi Beth, Thank you!

      Congratulations! Love the name! Grandmotherhood is amazing!

      Praising God with you in all that you are thankful for. That does sound cute and a great way to remember our gratitude list.

      I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  3. Aww, that baby is just so precious!! And his big sister is, too! I can only imagine how much joy and sunshine they both bring into your life! And, how wonderful that you will be able to sit out on your beloved porch, even on the cold days! God knows how much this means to you, and it is so kind of Him to bless you this way, sweet friend. You are such a dear blessing to me and so many others, and those dear ladies are abundantly blessed to have you as their Bible teacher. I would love to sit in on those sessions and know I would receive so much good from the thoughts God pours into you. How I praise Him for your blog, for your friendship, and for the way He has allowed our paths to cross. It is a precious privilege to walk this blogging journey with you. I am sending many hugs to you, along with prayers for God's most abundant blessings to be poured out upon you and your dear family.

    1. Hi Cheryl, Thank you! I just love them sooo much!

      Oh sweet friend, your words have touched me so much. You are truly my biggest cheerleader and it means more than I could put into words. God has blessed you with the gift of encouragement which blesses me over and over again.

      Thank you so much Cheryl. You mean so much to me. I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with wonderful blessings.

      Sending you much love and gratitude.

  4. Congratulations Karen on your precious new Grandson! What a sweet gift of thanks to be born so close to Thanksgiving. Grandchildren are truly such blessings! Our Lord is so faithful to bring us so much of His love. Blessings to you this Thanksgiving Week!

    1. Hi Bettie, Thank you! Indeed on all counts. :-)

      I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with all of God's blessings.

  5. One generation to the next will commend your works to the next reminds me of family memories of loved ones that are missed, and raising a generation that will commend good works and have fruitful lives. So many thankful things as I age...even the minute ones I have learned to so appreciate. Thanksgiving sure does bring those things home. Sounds like you had a lovely get together and oh how wonderful are those grand littlekins. I never could have imagined what preciousness they add to a grandparent. Congratulations on new little Chase. Love the name, and congratulations to the happy parents.
    All mine did manage to be home for Thanksgiving even if we did postpone it to the weekend because of everyone's schedules. Hubby and I were exhausted as we don't have quite the stamina as in younger years but we are blessed. Enjoyed reading about your day and thankful things. Now on to Christmas, which will also seem to come way too fast. Have a great week and so enjoy your sharing at Sunday Scripture Blessings.

    1. Hi Peabea, Thanks so much for sharing, and thank you so much! We all love the name too! :-)

      So glad you had your family around you, even if it was a few days later. Indeed! Where did that stamina go? lol.

      I so enjoyed your visit! Thanks so much for stopping by.

      And thank you so much for your kind words.

  6. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! I hope you had a wonderful time with your family! Thank you so much for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on!

    1. Hi Tina,

      We did! I trust you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well. :-)

      You are welcome!

  7. Reading your gratitude list brought a smile to my face, Karen! Although your list is different to mine, it brings to mind all that I'm thankful for as well. I guess gratitude is contagious. Isn't that wonderful? Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

    1. Hi Carlie, I'm so glad. :-)

      Indeed, it is a wonderful thing.

      We did! I hope you did as well. :-)


  8. Congratulations on your grandson!! How exciting. My daughter is expecting my second grandchild on Christmas eve. I can hardly wait to meet her. I also love this song. It's so pretty and heartwarming.

    1. Thank you! Oh how wonderful! A Christmas Eve baby or maybe even Christmas Day. :-) Congratulations! Oh I bet! Grandchildren are such a joy!

      Indeed, a very heartwarming song.


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