It was a fairly successful day at Target on Tuesday. I only worked five hours, but I signed up two people for Target credit cards. If one is to be a Target employee, a very big deal is made of getting "Red Cards". So even though my register speed is not up to snuff yet, the powers that be are still very happy with my work.
After work, I dropped by Ross to pick up my very first paycheck -- $146.23. While not exactly enough to go off and buy diamonds yet, it's still very nice to see some money at last. That was TWO weeks worth of part-time work at Ross. I'm still aiming for, at the very least, $250 a week. So, I'm still "a little" off my mark. But it's better than nothing, that's for sure, and the Lord continues to bless us with unexpected gifts from others. We are overwhelmed with such amazing kindnesses.
On Sunday, we got a anonymous gift from someone at church for $250 to our grocery store. The timing couldn't have been better; we had not been certain how exactly we were going to afford a Thanksgiving meal. However, as is God's way of keeping tabs on the tiniest details of our lives, I went off to Kroger and got a 24 pound turkey and all the trimmings, without a worry for the cost. This year is a time to be even more thankful than usual for His constant provision.
Today is Wednesday, my day off from all work. And, of course, I'll be off tomorrow as well. The girls had a friend over for a sleep-over and Kristofer had a buddy over for a sleep-over, as well. So this morning found me busy making a bunch of one-egg omelets for the group. I was especially tickled about Kristofer and James as they came down to eat. They could have easily eaten up the whole house, if given the opportunity, but as it stands now, I made those guys two-egg omelets!
Tomorrow, I'll put the turkey in the oven mid morning and we'll probably sit down at about 2:00 to eat. We're hoping to have Keith's friend Carol, who he's been helping get back and forth from chemo treatments, and maybe her daughter if she's in town, to come have Thanksgiving dinner with us. Otherwise, it will be just us. However, one of the great things about a big family, is that we never feel alone!
Our family tradition for Thanksgiving dinner varies from one side of the family to another, but for just our immediate family, we have a certain menu that we follow for Thanksgiving that I'm going to share, but only because I'm interested in what you all have for your Thanksgiving . . .
Turkey (of course) -- I always cook it in a bag
Mashed potatoes (Keith loves them mashed, not whipped)
Gravy (and lots of it)
Stuffing (I never bother putting it in the bird)
Green Bean Casserole (with extra of those yummy dried onions)
My Mom's yeast rolls (except I bought yeast rolls this year for time's sake)
Jello Salad (Jello, Cool-whip, cottage cheese and pineapple pieces mixed and chilled)
Olives and sweet pickles
Pumpkin pie and whatever other pies look yummy -- this year CHOCOLATE silk pie
What do you eat for Thanksgiving?
And, what are you especially thankful for this year?