Wednesday, December 2, 2009

We Are Oh So Very Thankful!

Happy Thanksgiving! Our family has been so overly and abundantly blessed. We have so much to be thankful for. We give God all the thanksgiving and praise for Who He is and what He has done. To God be the Glory!
The Friedlein house was originally going to be full this year for Thanksgiving, but life doesn't always play out the way we plan it. Jim's grandparents were going to be coming down from MI to visit, but Nona has been feeling really ill so decided to stay close to home this year. Then last minute (though for a while now) Jim's mom got sick and ended up spending her Thanksgiving in the hospital. Thank God she is home and recovering now. So many different viruses out there! A praise is that his dad who was deployed to Iraq came home early (they were originally not returning home until March 2010) and was then able to fly down from NC to FL to be with his wife for Thanksgiving. So needless to say we were "down" a few numbers for our feast. Amy, Jim's sister was able to make it in and Thursday morning, and David as well as Jim & I had a GREAT time with her here.
I have to add here how so very thankful I am for my husband. He is a wonderful God fearing man whom I love, cherish, & respect. He was definitely into the whole Thanksgiving traditions and activities this year and we really enjoyed every single moment of his time home with us this past long weekend. Below is quite a long recap of our fabulous time together. God Bless you and Happy Thanksgiving to all.

Chef Jim putting our stuffed and prepared 12 lb turkey in the oven to roast. Mmm good
Preparing a delicious appetizer of deviled eggs, a new favorite around the house. We kind of made up our own recipe for these.
Friedlein Deviled Eggs:
Place raw eggs in a pot of cold water, bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Cover and let sit 15 minutes.
Let cool (we didn't wait long enough for this because we wanted to eat them)
Remove shells, cut in half lengthwise and remove yolks into a separate bowl.
Add mayo (we used Miracle Whip) approx 1/2 cup for 6 whole eggs
Add sour cream approx 1/2 cup
cheddar cheese approx 1/2 cup
1 dill pickle chopped
salt & pepper to taste
Mix all together and then spoon into egg whites
add a dash of pepper on top of each as garnish.

David LOVES eggs too

Yum Yum good job Daddy!

David helping Mommy & Aunt Amy make the Apple Crisp

Silly Helper Boy

Our Delicious Turkey! (It turned out to be the best, moistest turkey I have ever eaten!) Good Job Jim!

Our Thanksgiving Feast

and Family

Carving into the Turkey, oh so good!

Super excited to eat too!

Mommy & David ready for the Thanksgiving festivities to begin.

David took a picture of us. Pretty good :)

David even got to drink out of a real big boy glass. He did end up accidentally knocking it off of the dining room table and it hit the floor and sent milk all over the curio cabinet, carpet, rug, & of course Mr. Russell's back. Fortunately the doggies didn't mind helping me clean it all up.
After we gave Thanks to God and while enjoying our meal. Jim read from the Bible as well as the Thanksgiving Day Proclamations from President George Washington and from President Abraham Lincoln. It is so amazing to read the words of "old" and how our country was truly founded on Christian beliefs and principles. God Almighty was definitely important and a part of the forming and growth of the USA. We will be reading more about the 1st Thanksgiving and other Proclamations during our next Thanksgivings. A new tradition has been started and we all loved it!
We also had a "Thanksgiving Tree" that we all wrote down specific things we were thankful for on the leaves and then glued them on to see and add to each Thanksgiving. It too was a very special time for our family.

After our feast we settle down to watch some Christmas movies and enjoy some homemade desserts. Apple crisp and my step dad's famous recipe for Raspberry Pie. Oh how we enjoyed all the delicious foods.
We are also thankful for all our family & friends! We love you!

After a bath & a fun filled Thanksgiving Day, David fell asleep on the couch just before dessert :) He woke up later and was able to enjoy some pie too before heading back to bed.

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