November 2017 – Exclamation Points!

My blessings: Kolton, Kassidi and Tim Kaminski.

Fall, Food, Friends, Family – Thanksgiving Blessings –

The temperatures are getting cooler, the leaves are falling from the trees – finally, it’s fall in Fort Bend!

Fall is my absolute favorite time of the year, and yes, part of it has to do with my wardrobe.  I simply have cuter outfits for cooler weather.  I think it’s the layering.  But my most favorite thing about fall is undoubtedly Thanksgiving and everything that it stands for: food, friends and most importantly, family.

In this issue, we bring you a special holiday section filled with events, ideas and recipes you can share with your loved ones.  From Alisa Murray’s amazing gifts that you can make at home to an entire listing of Holiday Happenings throughout Fort Bend, this is the month to spend time with those we love doing things we love.

Of course, eating is also at the top of my list of what I love about fall.  The Thanksgiving feast is an annual event that is like no other.  Erma Bomeck said, “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” I admit it.  I also enjoy a good football game on Thanksgiving!

As we enter the holiday season, I am reminded just how much I have to be thankful for.  When my children were young, I would wake them every morning with what they called The Wake Up Song.  It was a sing-song where I would sing one line to them, and they would sing the same line back to me, then we would sing the second part of the song together.

Kassidi and Kolton’s The Wake Up Song

“This is the day, this is the day.

That the Lord has made, that the Lord has made.

We will rejoice, we will rejoice,

And be glad in it, and be glad in it.

This is the day that the Lord has made.

We will rejoice and be glad in it.

This is the day, this is the day

That the Lord has made.”

The Wake Up Song is actually a hymnal based on Psalm 118:24.  A few weeks ago, Kassidi called me from college, and it was early in the day.  Instead of answering the phone, I began singing the song, and I wouldn’t stop until she sang her part.  She did, and it was a great start to both of our days, reminiscing, laughing, being thankful for the day.

This Thanksgiving, I hope you will sing the song, and be thankful for your blessings.  I know I am thankful for mine.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Stay focused,