Monday, November 29, 2010

Thanks and Giving 2010

For the last couple years, we've had a few of our kiddos from downtown join us for a Thanksgiving meal at my parents' house. We talked about doing the same thing again this year, but we felt led to do something a little different instead. One of the reasons we usually have these particular kiddos over for Thanksgiving is because their family is never able to do anything for Thanksgiving. I mean, one of the kiddos asked me if I could bring him a bologna sandwich for Thanksgiving. Umm, no, I will not. That's just plain wrong. ANYWAYS, sorry for all the rambling that has nothing to do with my point. That never usually happens around here. ha.

This year, we felt like it was really important to give this family a Thanksgiving dinner that they could enjoy AS A FAMILY. Rather than taking the kids out of their neighborhood and to our beautiful house in the suburbs, we wanted to remind them what a gift their own neighborhood and family are, and to give them a chance to celebrate that.

Since I have literally never actually made anything for Thanksgiving dinner, I was grateful that my parents chipped in and helped us order a complete Thanksgiving meal from Publix. I was shocked to realize I still had to spend hours in the kitchen "reheating" everything. And by "I," I mean Adam. I mean I definitely helped. If by "helped" you mean "sat on the couch and watched Mary Poppins."

We finally finished warming everything up, packed up our car, and headed to the park that is about a block from our new house (side note: for the LOVE when will we get to move into our new house?!!). One of the many reasons I'm excited about moving to this particular neighborhood is that our house is just a few blocks away from this family (who we have worked with and become friends with for a few years now). The park by our new house has some covered picnic tables, along with a playground, which we were hoping would help entertain the kiddos when they weren't eating their food.

Adam and Jayci played on the playground while I guarded the food and shared the picnic area with a some other folks who might or might not have been engaging in some "extracurricular activities" involving illegal drugs. Luckily, they left just as Danielle came back with our friends. We served up the food, gave thanks for a beautiful day and wonderful friends, and ate. And ate some more. My favorite part of the meal was when April (the kiddos' momma) got her food and sat at an empty table, all her kiddos (all 6 of them) gathered their plates and left our table to join her at hers. And that, right there, is exactly why we decided to celebrate Thanksgiving this way this year.

I was really excited to get a picture of sweet and beautiful miss April with all her kiddos. I realized, however, that this is an impossible task seeing as her kids literally never stop moving. Literally. And I also realized that I have never admired a mother more than I admire April. She has raised her children with dignity and love, despite really difficult circumstances, not a lot of resources, and not enough help.

They wanted to take a picture with Jayci, and I warned them that she was a little less, ummm "rough and tumble" than their brothers, so look how sweet they were. Love it.
haha this is how they spent most of their time.

I love this special family. And I am thankful for the way they have changed and enriched our lives.
"A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows,
is God in his holy dwelling.
God sets the lonely in families,
he leads out the prisoners with singing
" Psalm 68:5-6


  1. Your husbands & your heart just makes me want to weep with joy everytime I see all you do!!!! What a difference you are making in this world!!!!

    And as always - those pictures - beautiful! I LOVE the picture of Jayci with the group!!! I also love the boys wrestling & she just standing there looking at them, like "Hmmm... should I join in?"

  2. What a wonderful thing for your family to do on thanksgiving. I hope you get to move into your house soon so that you can be in the neighborhood where you are doing so much good!

  3. Adam, stop watching Marry Poppins!
    That is so precious! The family adn friends, so beautiful!

  4. Thanks for showing how to thoughtfully serve, Becca -

  5. i love these photos!! glad you all had a great thanksgiving!

  6. Hahahah! I love how you were able to catch pictures of how they spent most of there time together! Such boys!
    Okay, tears at the momma eating dinner with her kiddos! Yall are restores of dignity!!! I love the fast that as you come to serve ya hood you TOO are being TRANSFORMED and learning from those around you!!! Go Jesus!!

  7. What a beautiful family. I love that you could all spend Thanksgiving together. Praying that your move happens soon. XO.

    PS It snowed here on Thanksgiving. Can you even flippin' believe it? I think we need to move to Georgia.

  8. you guys are amazing. thanks so much for reminding me of what is really important at this time of year!

    and i love that picture of adam and jayci. so cute!

  9. I can't tell you how much I love this!!!!!! and I love the pictures of that precious family. You captured them so beautifully! Your hearts are amazing and wonderful and I could go on and on and on about the real love your showing! We had our youth raise money to provide thanksgiving meals to needy families we know and we got to deliver the meals to them, but now I kind of wish we could have all met at the park and had it together :)


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