We had a great trip to the in-laws. Truly they have accepted me and loved me. Though I come from a different family and upbringing {just living in the Northwest VS the Midwest is a big culture difference} But still they accept my skinny jeans, tea drinking, green, ways. I in turn love their "it's not that cold" attitude, their farms, their pickles, their corn fields, their frozen lakes. 

One of the best parts of the visits is my Momma-in-law always takes me to coffee. I always ask her how she thinks my husband is doing. I want to be a good wife and she knows that boy pretty well. I love getting her thought on him and anything else we care to chat about. 

The holiday weekend was relaxing and everything an American Thanksgiving is made to be. Incredible food and company and movies and snakes and getting ready for Christmas! 

Here is Rowan helping to hanging the Christmas lights. There was a little snow at first but it melted. 

Sisters and cousins watching the dog show after the Macey's parade...I had never seen a dog show! Quite hilarious. 

Turkey is ready! 


He can carve a Turkey! Who knew? Note the apron, how can he look so good in an apron?  heeeee heeee!  :) 

A little middle school to take this picture but sometimes I like to be in middle school. 

Most of the gillson girls shopping midnight on Black friday. We got a coffee grinder. So worth it. 

We are headed back home for a few weeks. I am looking forward to being back into my little house on our little street. I am looking forward to sleeping in my own bed. I am looking forward to sitting in the little bakery down a block and seeing those faces I have come to recognize and smelling that coffee that only Portland can brew. I am very much looking forward to seeing my little brothers and sisters and seeing my parents. I can't wait to see my friends in person and catch up with them a little. 

After our thanksgiving meal we sat around for a bit talking about what we are thankful for. Grandpa said something that I have been pondering for the last few weeks. "I want to be thankful for the blessings and gifts of God but I want to be even more thankful for God Himself." This challenges me in a few ways. God himself needs to stand alone in my soul. I don't want to love him because he gives me stuff but because of who he is. 

I am going to stop numbering my thankful list. I don't want it to be about numbers. 

I am thankful for..

-God Himself 
-Cranberry sauce, it's sooo good! 
-Hymns, Singing them with grandparents is better then ever
-A certain sisters candy making near the holidays, so good!
-Pony tails, they are sporty and flirty
-Clan tap water, Thanks America 
-Eletric blankets, I discovered those with the help of my momma in-law, they keep you warm ALL NIGHT! If you have cold sleeping nights I recommend them! 
-Lip Stick, I have been into wearing it again these days




Unknown said...

Jocelyn...beautifully written post. The blessing of being able to be thankful for God himself is so huge I cannot even begin to wrap my brain around what all that means but I'm trying. Love you and may God continue to bless you and Rowan.


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