Thanksgiving… It is here!!!

I am so excited that Thanksgiving is on Thursday! I can hardly wait to see everyone and celebrate. I found coloring place-mats at Target and thankfully bought the exact number of people coming so far… unless there is someone else who joins in! Want a place to go where the cooking will be done for you! : ) Come on over! ¬†(Don’t worry I’ll come up with additional place-mats for you to color!)¬†Parade, people, food, games, and counting our blessings – I don’t think there can be a better agenda for a day!

Here are some of the things for which I am thankful this year:

  • My family who loves us, encourages, and prays for us
  • My husband who so lovingly deals with me and gently leads me to know Jesus more and who has endured and completed nearly 70 college credits in one calendar year – I am so proud of him
  • My son who is helping me understand how I need to obey God without excuse in the same way that we are trying to teach him to obey us without excuse : )
  • Endurance from God for the long days and hard times that are just a part of life
  • Encouragement from God and others that makes the long days worthwhile
  • The incredible support of some amazing friends who have walked through the crazy with us
  • Those who have encouraged LeA’Tev and allowed us to serve you this year
    • In particular, this past week I have been blessed by the response to the “Jesus is… Christmas” countdown. Your response and support of LeATev is among our many blessings and we have begun to pray daily for those that have received the cards. We are praying that they would truly help each person to focus on Jesus this Christmas and love Him more.

Thank you to those who read and follow this blog. Life is truly a beautiful design crafted by the Master Designer “who works all things together for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose.” (paraphrase of Romans 8:28)

Thank you for being a part of this sojourner’s journey; I am very thankful.


17 days and counting…

Anticipation!! It is such a great gift. It is so much fun to think about good things that are coming and plan for the fun to be had! One of the things that I am so excited about is Thanksgiving!!! I was even more excited when I went in to Target last night and saw Thanksgiving decorations! One more reason to shop at Target. : )

Thanksgiving is so much fun and so relaxing! I really, REALLY like watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and watching football and looking through newspaper ads and cooking turkey. I actually think the whole of weekend of Thanksgiving is a holiday. Thanksgiving is four days of spending time together and remembering all that we have to be thankful for – I love it!

I am a bit behind in my Thanksgiving decorations, but I am hopeful to have everything up and ready to go by the end of the week – complete with a cornucopia. The week gets to conclude with a neighborhood fall block party… there is always a great reason to party and get to know people. How are you preparing for Thanksgiving?


I hope that you are looking forward to Thanksgiving and counting your blessings… we have so much to be thankful for!

Party time!


Parties are great! Every week generally has a reason to celebrate and summer has the most birthdays – so plan a party, throw a BBQ, have a block party or invite the relations over! Here are a few party entertainment/mingle ideas I have found and/or used. If you would like print invitations or even just a fun custom graphic for your email invitation – just let LeA’Tev know! We would love to serve you.

1. Have a board(s) where guests can write comments – if it is someone’s birthday… they can write to the guest of honor. If it is a reunion perhaps they note a memory. Is it just a fun get together – then pick a random question or two for people to answer?

2. Do you have trivia games that really just do not get played very often? Well, if it is a DVD trivia game pull out the disc and just leave it running on the TV (most of them have a continuous play or party format on them). Or just pull out the box of trivia cards as conversation starters. (This is a great idea for table centers at a wedding or large events where people who may not know each other well are at the same table.)

3. Keep a stack of games where anybody can grab one to play. And do not forget to throw in crazy house rules for people to try out!

4. Sometimes a great playlist is fantastic background, but other times a movie as background noise is kind of fun, especially if it is an older film from your childhood or is a silly movie with a pop-up trivia track. The 1960’s “The Batman Movie” or the “Back to the Future” movies are great party background… they are fairly neutral to everyone’s tastes, have trivia tracks, and are nostalgic for the 25+ crowd.

5. Have you ever had an ice cream buffet?!! Simply have everyone bring a small container of there favorite ice cream and you can provide a smorgasbord toppings. It is fun to try a world of different flavors.


6. So a classic summer party is an outdoor cinema. Pull out your lawn chairs, notify your neighbors (just to be courteous!) and obtain, beg or borrow a projector and small speakers. There is nothing like a drive-in in your own backyard.



7. Take a party group on the road. There are lots of interesting things to see in every corner of our country. So what it unique in your town?


In Des Moines try hosting a party at Union Park and ride the carousel! In northern Illinois? Host a party that includes time at the Lockwood Observatory – open to the public every second and fourth Sundays of the month. In Worthington, Minnesota, try a progressive dinner combined with a walk around the lake. Just make use of the parks along the way and pick one to end with a great desert and social hour. Overall, make the most of the fun things that you have around you!

8. Pick an era, send out the invites, and have a costume competition!

9. Party with a cause! Gather to send letters to Representatives to free the slaves around the world and in our own backyard. Have a group garage sale & BBQ to help a family in need or raise funds for an adoption.

10. Have a garden party – eat only things that people have grown in their garden (or in a friend’s garden)!

11. Just have fun & enjoy people! The only things in life that matter are your relationship with God and your relationships with people. Nothing else will last!