The past four Thanksgivings, we've hosted feasts here for an international contingent of guests. It's been really fun! Some memorable moments: trying to make cornbread without corn meal (try polenta!), heating up my kitchen even more on a summer day, by having the oven on for 5 hours straight, putting the laptop right next to a raw turkey in the kitchen so I could Skype my parents and ask them how to cook it. I didn't know which side to put "up" in the pan. And I've never forgotten my dad's answer: Position it missionary style, he said. Yep. Seared in my memory for all time. Thanks, Dad!
So, no turkey this year for us. We are in the midst of a perfect storm of school events, church happenings, meetings, birthday parties, and preparing to leave for the States in less than two weeks. And five months of fragmented sleep due to the cutest baby EVER is starting to catch up with me. It's all great stuff, but I am realizing that I'm going to have to let some things slide. And Turkey Day, you drew the short straw. Sorry about that.
In the Scripture class I teach at a local high school, we talked recently about Soren Kierkegaard's quote: "To be a saint is to will the one thing." (Moody teenagers love it when you say, "Kierkegaard wrote...". It just sounds cool.) I'm thinking he meant the ability to tune out distractions, to hone in, to know what your "yes" is so that you can say "no" to other things. Yeah, yeah Soren. Still working on that, okay? Sheesh. Bet you were a bundle of fun to be around!
One of my "one things" at the moment is a disgruntled five month old. She is presently requesting the pleasure of my company. Better go meet some needs! Y'all have a great day! Any exciting plans for next week?