Thank you! I, too, did not get it when hosting family holiday dinners years ago. I put up my tree early this year and my EX son-in-law ask me if I had skipped a holiday. I laughed!!! On the Saturday after Thanksgiving I go with a friend and her daughter to a quilting retreat in Mt. Calm, Texas — my relaxing after the hustle and bustle of cooking for my family. Putting the tree up early will give me time to enjoy it more this year. The rest of the house is still decorated for fall.
One of the things that I am thankful for is 18 years ago I was told by Doctors that I would have only 3 to 5 years to live because of a heart disease. Praise God he had a different plan. The blessings have been many. Thank you Patsy and the other ladies who helped deliver that message from God. You have been a source of strength to me as I struggle with my issues.
I am glad your grandsons still respect holiday boundaries as my family did. In my family no Christmas decoarations or music until St. Nicholas Day Dec. Thank you for the boundaries message, as that is something I have been trying to work on. Thanks for the encouragement. A good reminder for the holidays.
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I miss the family gatherings that seem to have all but disappeared. We have not gathered with my brothers and sisters since my mom died in I struggle with holidays and really miss those gatherings… I have learned that it is ok to be home for the day, and am always blessed when my daughter opens her door to us for supper on holidays. Putting up a tree has become a quiet event to enjoy for my husband and I, as we know that none of our children will stop in.
It reminds me of the old Crosby Stills and Nash song…. Today we are invited again for supper with permission to show up no earlier then 5pm. I am thankful that I get to see my grandchildren for a little while…. This is so good. Lol But the boundaries that we make are up to us. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!! Thank you Patsy! I love your insight!
I needed this reminder. God bless you. Happy Thanksgiving!!!! You are a wise woman! Hugs to you from Eric and me. I needed to hear this today!
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We changed several thngs this year to make Thanksgiving Day less stressful. Tomorrow…let the joy of the Christmas season begin! Thank you for the confirmation! Thank you for your wise words Patsy!!
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If my sole purpose as a Christ follower is to love God and love others, healthy boundaries are often the best expression of that love says a recovering enabler. Thank you for the well-timed reminder. I totally agree with you! I never put up Christmas decorations before Thanksgiving. Patsy, thank you for reminding us that we are not in charge of conducting the movement of our lives or those of our family and friends. We do the best we can and God will take care of the rest.
And we can relax!
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Wonderful lesson for today. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us and helping us move forward in love. Because I work at a homeless shelter for young moms and their babies and because people are incredibly generous all year long and especially generous at this time of year, Christmas decorations and plans start early for us. Have fun decorating! Boundaries sure can be a blessing to all. Peace fills our space for now… God us soooo gooood. Your words always bless me Patsy.
Bless you. Such insightful words shared from your heart. Thank you, Patsy! I also like things done the way I want them done — but am learning to let others help. Prayers for a wonderful holiday season for you and your clan. There is so much I love in this!! Years ago I heard a message on putting margins in your life and it was a game changer for me. And this is a fresh reminder of how and why we need to do this. Especially at the holidays when I always expected everything to be a Hallmark moment. But then I saw my husband making his favorite chip dip to watch football.
And it was OK. And then my daughter was making some desserts and I remembered that not too many years ago she was critically ill and hospitalized and now she is home and healthy. Patsy, you are so good. Thank you for sharing on boundaries. Everything about this year is different. May I embrace it and enjoy. Blessings to you. Thanks Patsy. I have a harder time setting boundaries when I need to, and sometimes I minimize the offense I feel — and it leads to resentment. But God is working with me. I hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving. Perfect timing.
I truly needed this today.
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We set up our Christmas tree at the request of our girls yesterday - which ended in huge disappointment for me as my 12 year old REFUSED to let me put anything on the tree besides lights and balls. This too shall pass. I have done both…when my children were home, we usually did the tree etc on the day after Thanksgiving.
ipdwew0030atl2.public.registeredsite.com/map916.php I put up the tree etc as he always loved my decorations. I love this blog. Praise God for His patience. This Thanksgiving we had the men from a drug and alcohol rehab center over. They brought the turkeys!
I made the trimmings. There were 27 of us, two other ladies brought a dish and together we celebrated. I set tables up and we ate, fellowshiped, and laughed. I for once just let it happen, it was a wonderful day filled with peace and Gods grace.
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