I had another wonderful and appreciated opportunity to review a product, provided to me by DaySpring. All opinions here are – surprise – mine!

Give thanks at the table.

That’s a theme for the incourage (in)spired deals this month, but wow…I have to say, it is a lifestyle for me. What better place to be thankful than at the kitchen table, laden with food, surrounded with loved ones?

This month in particular, this is sacred to me. In November, we celebrate Miranda’s 5th birthday, and we also celebrate our first major holiday in our new home. Thanksgiving has been special to us for a myriad of reasons during our marriage (and not just because I’ve spent two of them recovering from surgery and another from student teaching!). It is a precious day to celebrate all we have – with a nary a worry about what we need to get.

On Thanksgiving, everything we need is represented around our table.

Oh, and Miranda’s birthday? It’s our Real Life Reminder that Jesus still does miracles!

We will celebrate both occasions this year with bits and pieces from old and new traditions.

The old:
– I will cook and bake like a madwoman.
– I will want as many people around as we can handle.
– We will play a lot of Christmas music.

The new:
– (some of the) people
– turkey cooking technique
– apron to wear!


Due to a daughter returning from college (just in time for her little sister’s birthday!), due to a think outside-the-box birthday party, due to an ‘urban family’ Thanksgiving feast, due to the new information that Mom and Dad will be returning home to all the others we miss after the holiday weekend, I find my heart absolutely overflowing with the thoughts of how blessed we are this year.


Our new road to our new home has come with its share of unexpected hurdles and unexpected blessings, and what I love most about this apron (besides that it will keep all my black shirts from being covered in flour) is that it calls out the life and faith philosophy that This Season teaches me to cling to: crazy gratefulness.

Next week, as family comes and goes, as precious new friends seal their places as part of our family (as only a 5 year old princess party or an eating holiday can do!), as we place those greeting-card-esque calls to the dear ones far from us, I will be every grateful for each blessing.

….especially these…


(And I will look cute while making my portion of the Thanksgiving menu!)

As part of the awesome DaySpring (in)sprired deals, I get to have my very first giveaway on this blog! Simply leave a comment HERE (not on Facebook) on what you are ever grateful for this season. One commenter will be randomly chosen to receive a $20 coupon code for DaySpring!

(Comment no later than November 21…and we’ll announce a winner on Miranda’s birthday!)



  • Timbishop

    I have a new thankfullness for having a healthy family. We have always been a healthy bunch and probably started taking that for granted. With a recent health concern in the family, it opened my eyes to never take anything for granted and always give thanks to God for things seen and for things unseen.

  • Deb

    I am thankful that God loves me no matter what! For some reason I have been struggling recently with not feeling particularly loved by those around me because of my many imperfections but I continue to feel daily God’s love for me.

  • Kim

    I am very thankful for our birthday girl this month as well. It is hard to believe our girls, who I feel have this special bond that they don’t even know about, are turning 5! Being a mom has meant more than I ever dreamed it could, and while it’s good to savor every day with the kids, it’s also wonderful to embrace these milestones and celebrate the heck out of them.

  • Sara

    I am ever so grateful for being healed and off medications! God is great, the One who holds everything in His hands and keeps it all in control. Selfishly speaking, I’m grateful for facebook so I can keep in touch with those that I care about even though I cannot see them in person. Have a great time with the special birthday girl, I cannot believe she is 5!!!! Give the rest a hug for me. KK looks so grown up. Oh my goodness, too much to be grateful for!

  • Clgsings

    I am Ever Grateful for my husbands life and for the gift of having him another year, in spite of what the Dr’s said! He is our Creative Miracle!! I am SO VERY THANKFUL!!

  • Mojo

    Grateful to be sitting in a chair for 20 minutes listening to my baby’s heart beating loud & strong.

  • Martha Cavalieri

    It may seem ridiculous to put technology near the top of a thankful list, but I am so grateful for the virtual closeness that it brings. Family and friends who are family may move across the country… but Facebook and texting make it possible to be able to share daily happenings, funny links, mid-shopping questions, ponderings and photos on a daily basis. It makes the distance and separation seem less distant and separate.

  • Rwdeering

    I am forever thankful that the Father places new friends in our lives who quickly become family (like you).

  • Mary Spratt

    Mary Spratt
    I am thankful God knows my imperfections but loves me in spite of them. I am thankful for His unending grace that covers me. I thankful God restores friendships. I am thankful for you and Rod’s ministry. It was at one of your concerts that God touched my mind, my emotions. He healed me. I am thankful, the devil, though he tried, cannot steal that healing from me. I am thankful that one day I will see my Savior face to face.

  • Elyse

    So grateful for my family!

  • Michelle

    I am grateful for home and family. =)

  • Becky H

    I’m grateful for so many things, it’s hard to narrow it down. The most obvious would be my husband, who is so patient, kind, and clear-headed. I don’t know what I’d do without him…he is fabulous with the kids, a much more level-headed thinker than I am, and still just as fun as he was when I met him years ago. He’s the absolute best fit for me, and I am very aware of how lucky I am. Love that guy!

  • Anonymous

    My family!!! I love and appreciate my husband and children!! A special gift the Lord saw fit and worthy enough to have!!!

  • Pamela Grundy

    I am thankful for yet another year to love and enjoy my daddy…. altho he has alzheimer’s and is slowly forgetting us there is still that glimmer of recognition when he sees me. There is a long story behind my daddy and me because you see he is actually my step daddy… but all in all he could not be any more my daddy then if we were blood related. I am thankful once again this year that God in His mercy and kindness allowed us to become related, if in name only, before he began to decline beyond that ability, thru adoption. It’s a funny thing to stand before a judge when you are an adult and have been married for 37 yrs and finally be called by your daddy’s last name as your maiden name. Someday I would like to share my story with you but all in all I am thankful for the love of a daddy that has been deeper then any love any daughter could have had. And I am thankful for the love of mother and father, children and grandchildren, family and friends.

  • Marla

    I am ever grateful and forever grateful that when we were told by five specialist to put our daughter in a home, that the Lord had already put her in our home. So I am grateful and thankful that the Lord allowed us to be her parent’s and that HE trusted us and knew we would love her, and protect her and train her up in the way she should go. Thank you Jesus!

  • Deanna

    I’m thankful for you. :-)