Stange Thanksgiving 2016!

November 28, 2016
Two days before, I decided that I wanted a new shirt for Thanksgiving day (I often make those kinds of decisions a day or two prior), plus, ALL of my children were out with Grammy so I had plenty of time. I ran to the store and found the PERFECT rust-colored fabric and used my pattern from this shirt tutorial, plus a few adjustments and VOILA!!! My new shirt was complete.

I had a little more time on my hands before my kiddos came home, so I fixed the dress I'd been meaning to fix for Chelsea and made a matching bow!

I still had a little time left, and some extra fabric, so I decided to make Alexa a shirt, too! I love being twinsies, and she kind of liked it, too. ;)

Eventually, my kids came home and I had to stop sewing, but it was one productive night, let me tell ya!

So, my favorite part of the Stange Family Thanksgiving other than Grandma Wilson's rolls is actually the 5K we run that morning, believe it or not. I love running and I don't get to do it often enough. So, I guess I don't really love it that much otherwise I'd prioritize it a little higher, right? ;)

But anyway, this year, instead of dashing back to our house as quick as we could to make a lemon meringue pie then head back to Grandma's, I opted out of making a pie, which made me pretty sad because that meant no Lemon Meringue Pie, and that is my absolute FAVORITE kind of pie. And it also made me look like a lame free-loader, which is probably true. *sigh* I swear I would have contributed if I had been able to!

That night, Andrew signed up to work some overtime (11-3am), so I was at the house by myself, which almost always means I stay up later than necessary. That night, I stayed up late because I decided that there had not been enough "thanks" in my Thanksgiving that year. So I stayed up late thinking of all the wonderful people in my life that I was thankful for. It was a really good thing for me because I haven't been feeling like a very positive person lately. I thought of my mom, dad, brothers, and sisters, my husband, and children, and I especially thought of my mother-in-law, Grandmother-in-law, and some pretty marvelous people in my ward.

There is one couple in my ward that sits with us every. single. Sunday. Even the Sunday a week after Chelsea decided to slap her in the face (I was mortified). She ALWAYS brings toys for my children to play with, and I owe her about a million stickers for all the ones they've used up!

Then there's her Sunday School teacher, and her best little friend up the street (and Kenna's angel mother), there's the bishopric, and my visiting teachers and home teachers... So many people who have been little miracle workers in my life and who have shown me the kind of person I want to be.

This Thanksgiving was a grateful one, and to none other am I more grateful than my Savior Jesus Christ. I am continually learning about Him and how He taught while he was here. I learn so much from His example, the example I read about in the scriptures and try so hard to emulate. It's not easy, but I never feel like he's looking down on me or that he's truly disappointed in me. When I make a mistake and humble myself enough to go to Him, all I feel is love. Oh, how I need that love in my life!

A while back, I discovered that I was working harder on my relationships with people around me than I was on my relationship with my Savior. I realized that I spent so much time stressing over where my friends and I stood and if they felt neglected or unappreciated or over-used and I wasn't wondering how my Savior felt in our relationship. So I started making a change. I'm still in the middle of that change. I'm trying to be better about studying my scriptures. I'm trying to think about Him more during the day. I'm trying to follow His example and ask myself how He would react in the situations that I find myself in, especially when it comes to teaching and raising my children. It's a work in progress, but I love the way I feel when I'm reading about Him.

I hope your Thanksgiving was full of family, food, and fun! Thanks for reading today! It's going to be a crazy couple of weeks over here trying to keep our little house clean and prepare to move, but I'm looking forward to it all anyway!

See ya!

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