Thanksgiving Celebrations

{thanks06} Preparations are completeThe Thanksgiving season this year was full of celebrations for us. Because the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day Robert would leave for the Philippines on a mission trip, we decided to celebrate a few days early. Grandpa and Grandma Brannon came over to celebrate with us. Michael and I had just got in from Indianapolis a few days previous and this would be the last time our entire family would be together for a while. The meal Mom and Esther and David prepared was absolutely delicious. We were very thankful for what God had done to bring us all together as a family again. 

{thanks06} Giving thanks for God's blessings

{thanks06} Grandma and Grandpa Brannon with David

{thanks06} Diggng in


When real Thanksgiving Day rolled around, we had to have another celebration. We were thankful for the warm, sunny day it was so Grandma and Grandpa Brown could drive down from Morgantown. {2thanks06} The right side of the tableUncle George and Aunt Joyce did not have any other plans for the day so they were also able to come. Again, Mom and Esther put their baking skills together and made a very filling meal which everyone enjoyed! Daniel and Jonathan also did something {2thanks06} The left side of the tablethat made the mealtime very meaningful. At the last minute, he made little place tags that had the persons name, it’s meaning, and a corresponding scripture verse. Underneath the place tag was a piece a paper with a question on it that would prompt good table conversation. This turned out to be a real success! We had a very fun time remembering the past, discussing our favorite things, telling about what we did on our free time, and sharing testimonies. In the evening, after company had left, everyone went downstairs and finished off the day with a long game of Cities and Knights! Jonathan and Michael were the victors and we all went to bed thanking God for the blessings He had given us that day. 

{2thanks06} A bountiful helping{2thanks06} Mom dishes out the homemade pumpkin pie{2thanks06} Thanksgiving Dinner







We are looking forward to having the Wilkes come and visit us on Saturday! Though it is not technically a Thanksgiving celebration, we still consider it as being in the Thanksgiving season. It will help us to remember to keep the spirit of Thanksgiving all the year. 


  1. James November 25, 2006 at 3:50 pm #

    It truly was an enjoyable time. In fact, I think this was my favorite Thanksgiving we have had at this house so far! I especially enjoyed working with Esther to make the place tags and questions. As well as being fun and appropriate for everyone, they turned out to be excellent tools for getting to know everyone there better. Looking forward to further fun and fellowship with friends!

  2. Robert November 28, 2006 at 2:14 am #

    Wow! What a lot to be grateful for! It was good to hear about how the Thanksgiving celebration went with Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle George, and Aunt Joyce. I’m sorry I had to miss it. The food looked really good! Great pictures James! Here in the Philippines, the team celebrated Thanksgiving on the roof of a three-story building overlooking the city of Cebu. It was a beautiful evening and the sun, setting behind a massive mountain range, painted the leaves of the coconut palms in gold. Very memorable!

  3. Florian January 29, 2007 at 12:17 pm #

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  4. Michael March 4, 2009 at 5:35 am #

    Hi Florian – glad you found the blog. Hope you stop by often 🙂

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