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Thursday, November 24, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving. There is so Much to be so Thankful For Today

Thanksgiving is a big day in our home. It's my favorite day of the year because it's the one day when our son and daughter, Marcus and Ginny, plus our god-daughter, Brittany, are all home. With a June wedding now behind us, Marcus also has his wife, Morgan, with him. The six of us were up till midnight last night playing Rook, eating, telling funny stories on each other, laughing our heads off and just generally enjoying our time together.

This morning, we will drive to Claudia's parents house in Bethany Beach, Delaware. Claudia's sister and her son Jon come, too, as do Claudia's brother, Ted, and his wife, Charlene, and their kids Nicky and Teddy. It's not unusual to have one or two boy friends or girl friends of one of the kids as well, so it makes for a loud, crowded, funny and well-fed day.

It is impossible to say how thankful I am to the Lord for blessing me so incredibly with such a wonderful family and to be born and live in the freest nation on earth. It is good that America still sets aside a day for thanks, even if we have in many respects made this holiday into something rather different from what it was when it was first celebrated.

Thanksgiving, like families, has a history. Rich Glasgow at Isn't it Rich, brings together the documents that tell the story of Thanksgiving. There is much here that many Americans know little or nothing about these days. Thanks for reminding us, Rich.