Tree Time

Today after a little black Friday shopping and some lunch… we got our TREE 🙂

Tree

Hubby and I have gone to the same cut your own tree farm since our first Christmas together. In the last few years my mom and step father have gone with us and a couple times my dad went with us. This year my mom, stepdad, hubby and I made our way to the farm and out into the field to find the perfect tree. Surprisingly this year one of the first few trees we found ended up being the one…

Tree cut

I did all the cutting this year as the tree was higher and the trunk smaller.

Tree cut 2

After we got it cut we pulled it in the cart back to pay…

Walk back

The tree place ties it up for you so it’s easier to get it home. Our tree ended up being 7 foot this year.

Tree house

Once we got home we put the tree in it’s stand and gave it some water.

Tree chase bax

Tomorrow morning we will decorate the tree over breakfast. Hope you had a happy Friday.

Happy Thanksgiving :)

It’s Thanksgiving Day… A day for family, food, and most importantly Gratitude.

Farm

For those of you who don’t know the history of American Thanksgiving:

The First Thanksgiving

As most schoolchildren know, the history of Thanksgiving began when Pilgrims and Native Americans gathered together to celebrate a successful harvest. The first Thanksgiving was held in the fall of 1621, sometime between September 21 and November 11, and was a three-day feast. The Pilgrims were joined by approximately 90 of the local Wampanoag tribe, including Chief Massasoit, in celebration. They ate fowl and deer for certain and most likely also ate berries, fish, clams, plums, and boiled pumpkin.

Though the current holiday of Thanksgiving was based on the 1621 feast, it did not immediately become an annual celebration or holiday. Sporadic days of Thanksgiving followed, usually declared locally to give thanks for a specific event such as the end of a drought, victory in a specific battle, or after a harvest. It wasn’t until October 1777 that all 13 colonies celebrated a day of Thanksgiving. The very first national day of Thanksgiving was held in 1789, when President George Washington proclaimed Thursday, November 26 to be “a day of public thanksgiving and prayer,” to especially give thanks for the opportunity to form a new nation and the establishment of a new constitution.

We owe the modern concept of Thanksgiving to a woman named Sarah Josepha Hale. Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book and author of the famous “Mary Had a Little Lamb” nursery rhyme, spent 40 years advocating for a national, annual Thanksgiving holiday. In the years leading up to the Civil War, she saw the holiday as a way to infuse hope and belief in the nation and the constitution. So, when the United States was torn in half during the Civil War and Lincoln was searching for a way to bring the nation together, he discussed the matter with Hale. On October 3, 1863, Lincoln issued a Thanksgiving Proclamation that declared the last Thursday in November (based on Washington’s date) to be a day of “thanksgiving and praise.” For the first time, Thanksgiving became a national, annual holiday with a specific date.

For 75 years after Lincoln issued his Thanksgiving Proclamation, succeeding presidents honored the tradition and annually issued their own Thanksgiving Proclamation, declaring the last Thursday in November as the day of Thanksgiving. However, in 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt did not. In 1939, the last Thursday of November was going to be November 30. Retailers complained to FDR that this only left 24 shopping days to Christmas and begged him to push Thanksgiving just one week earlier. It was determined that most people do their Christmas shopping after Thanksgiving and retailers hoped that with an extra week of shopping, people would buy more. So when FDR announced his Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1939, he declared the date of Thanksgiving to be Thursday, November 23, the second-to-last Thursday of the month.

(Information from About.com)

Turkey on platter

Wow that’s a long history for a holiday. Still, what I get out of it all is we need to be grateful for whatever we have…. family, food on our tables, freedom, choices, our pets, the ability to grow our own food, heat on a cold winters night, our phones, computers, tablets, music, art, but most importantly the ability to be saved by the one and only Savior Jesus. I am grateful today for my salvation, my family, my pups, friends, my home, our chickens, the ability to grow my own food, and so much more.

I hope you have a blessed day. Let me know what you are grateful for 🙂

First Snow…

Here it is…

Barn snow

Our first snow of the season. There is something special about the first snow and this one is especially special because hubby and I have been home together.

Chase face

We took it easy today ( I had quite a migraine for most of the day), but we had to go out for a while and get the chickens situated. The pups went out with us and enjoyed running around in the snow.

The Chase

Chase just loves to run…

Chase run

And lately Baxter has been more playful and energetic.

Baxter run

But he loved the snow before there was Chase. They spent time between playing and sniffing in the snow.

Chase sniff

Chase helped us with the chickens, but since he is not allowed in the coop, he supervised from outside it.

Chase n chicken

The chickens loved getting some scratch…

Chickens

And a new addition to the coop a flock block. Boy did they love that 🙂

Chickens block

Once we got back inside Chase crashed on his bed…

Chase nap

But Baxter stayed up wanting some more attention.

Baxter face

It was a nice first snow and it ended well as my mom and step father made it up safe to spend the holiday with us.