November 27th, 2017

Milk and Honey, Comfort and Joy

Thanksgiving 2017

This year's Thanksgiving was a quiet and blessed one. Nathan came in to visit on Wednesday and we celebrated with a Thanksgiving Eve service at church that evening. We reflected on how all of creation sings praise to God; and that for us as humans, we have the choice of whether or not we will praise Him. We sang a few hymns and heard a special song called "The Rocks Cry Out." That sparked our curiosity in other Christian songs that speak of the rocks crying out and we ended up watching segments from a tape that we had recorded back in 1998 with Z Christian Music Videos. So many good memories :D

We had Thanksgiving dinner here on Thursday. Mom made a delicious dinner and Dad helped to prepare all around the house. We had turkey, filling, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, corn, fruit, cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie. Everything was delicious ^_^ I got out the turkey name tags that I had made a few years ago to decorate the table settings and Nathan helped to set the table. There's nothing quite like Thanksgiving Day :)

I caught a cold over the weekend, but still had a really fun time. Nathan and I explored Mario Odyssey, made progress in my copy of Lego Avengers, watched some football, played Pokemon Ultra Sun, took a look at the video that Nathan's making about the original Zelda game, and went on a movie and dinner date to see Thor: Ragnarok and eat at Red Robin. We laughed so much at the movie and had a really nice dinner together afterwards. I wish it could have lasted another week - and more!

Thanks be to God for all of His good gifts and blessings.
Loki looking out

Familiar Characters in Thor: Ragnarok, but not whom you might expect

Nathan took me to see Thor: Ragnarok this Thanksgiving and we had a lot of fun! It was great to see so many familiar characters, their joking around with one another, and the way that they found courage in the face of despair and persevered to victory.

My favorite part of the movie was seeing Thor battle the enemy with his father's weapon - the staff Gungnir. For some reason, that was just really touching and cool. (Now, both Loki and Thor have fought with Gungnir!) The movie also spent time returning us back to the artifact vault - where Odin had stored relics like the Casket of Ancient Winters and the Tesseract. Ah, familiar ground! I know they're just artifacts, but they have such fascinating backstories that each seems to possess its own sense of character.

In a world where I often feel like I'm losing ground, things like this give me a sense of footing for some reason. It's as if there is a place, hidden in a tabernacle, where I can still stand, look around, and take everything in with wide-eyed wonder.

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