We have found in the last several years that Tennessee is a great place to spend Thanksgiving! Not because of the beautiful mountains and a few green leaves still hanging onto the trees…but because we get to be with people we love. And as we sat around the table with grandparents, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and cousins and said what we were thankful for, over and over again it was mentioned—family. So here is a photo recap of our time with them!
always a feast!
one of the dogs had an assigned seat next to Dad, since she is now his Thanksgiving buddy (click here to see how it started)
That weekend was Grandpa’s birthday so it was fun to celebrate with everyone.
Grandpa with three of his sons and four of his grandsons
The last night we were there we piled into two vehicles and went to the nearby NASCAR speedway to drive through a lengthy Christmas lights display. It was a lot of fun.
amid the many displays we were glad to see the true meaning of Christmas represented
It probably took over an hour to drive through the drag strip and winding road full of lights which led into the speedway.
entering the speedway
yes, that is our 15-passenger van driving on a nascar track
We’re grateful for family and the time spent together. And heading home we got to stay with more family…climaxing with a late-night major snowball fight!
It is good to give thanks to the LORD. Psalm 92:1 NKJV
Here in Minnesota we love having snow for Christmas!But even if we didn’t have snow, there would still be Christmas.And even if there were no beautiful lights, there would still be Christmas.
But there wouldn’t be Christmas without Christ.
Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”
Luke 2:10-14 (NKJV)
Not too long after getting home from our more southern excursion we loaded up to head north. It was a beautiful time in the season to drive to Thunder Bay, Ontario. NEFC (Native Evangelical Fellowship of Canada) was hosting an outreach weekend of music and messages and it was exciting to have a chance to be a part of it! We knew many of the people involved and in some ways it was almost like a family reunion.
there were a number of music groups that played several times over the weekend
Daniel and Jonathan did a great job helping with the sound
along with singing some shared their testimonies
smiling faces at the book table
On Saturday evening there was a group of young people that came who probably had little to no church background. Most of them really seemed to be paying attention to the message being shared that night.
Gary Quequish preached several times
these two may have had too much fun together
we were grateful to be here
The gospel went out so many times over the weekend in Thunder Bay and through the radio. Pray for lasting fruit! God is the one who gives the increase.