Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving:Did you know?

Thanksgiving Day, a day that we celebrate the survival of our first year in the New World, is an American institution- one of the few which we have originated and which have become really NATIONAL. It certainly was not a national holiday in its beginning, in fact it was not national for almost two decades! Looking back to the first thanksgiving at Plymouth Rock in 1621 it was filled with religious ceremonies, thanksgiving, and food. Now-a-days on the fourth Thursday of the month of November, Americans gather for a day of feasting, football and family. Good cheer and hospitality are some of its distinguishing characteristics now-a-days, but was that always the case?

Did you know that Thanksgiving was not uniformly celebrated until major efforts to nationalize it were undertaken late in the 19th Century? George Washington in 1789 made a proclamation that Thursday, November 26th should be set aside as a day to give thanks and celebrate, but it was not made into law. Over 70 years passed and only 14 of the states observed thanksgiving as a holiday. But in 1863, on the same day that President Washington made his proclamation, October 3rd, President Lincoln made his own. With hundreds of thousands of soldiers away from home during the civil war, and needing a way to unify the nation, Lincoln, in the middle of war, put on his bravest face and decreed that
“harmony has prevailed everywhere, except in military conflict!” He stressed abundance, unity, and invoked thoughts of past holidays and memories, which struck a chord in the war torn Union. Despite Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863 that made Thanksgiving a national holiday, few Americans celebrated the holidays like the middle-class Protestants in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states did. Southerners refused to recognize the “Yankee Holiday”, Catholics opposed it on religious grounds, and the poor couldn’t afford a turkey.

At the close of the 19th century, Thanksgiving had gone from humble beginnings to an elaborate commercial gala! Men in rural Pennsylvania and New York City masqueraded at parades and huge parties. Witnesses says that there were 150 people in horse drawn carriages, dressed in fancy costumes going from party to party. It was such a sight, people flocked to see them. At the dawn of the 20th century, things had become a little bit darker. Construction and mechanics had improved by leaps and bounds. Street cars, tenement buildings, and immigration had people leaving the busyness of the city. Thousands of people, all grouped together, throwing their garbage in the street did not make the best living conditions. Hordes of poor children dressed up in costumes, begged for money or treats, and pulled pranks on Thanksgiving. Their so-called “ragamuffin parade” or “Mummer parade” had its origins in the European traditions of Carnival or Mari Gras that had been transported and transplanted by immigrants. Progressive-era reformers, school superintendents, and the police disapproved of the children’s cultural practice of begging and blackmailing. Upstanding church men and charitable men, urged New Yorkers in 1911 to not allow this “malicious custom” due to its undermining of family bonds and its lack of American national identity. The cultural “authority” of these urban leaders led public school teachers and settlement house workers to require students to write festive poems, perform plays, and draw pictures of turkeys, pumpkins, and pilgrims. The goal of the school presentations and projects on American history and culture were to instill a national identity and civil religion in children. In turn, patriotic children were expected to instruct their immigrant parents in dominant American customs and values. This custom still holds out into our 21st century.

Today in many American households, the Thanksgiving celebration has lost much of its original religious significance; instead, it now centers on cooking, football, and sharing a bountiful meal with family and friends. Turkey, a Thanksgiving staple so universal it has become all but synonymous with the holiday, may or may not have been present at the 1st feast in 1621. However, nearly 90 percent of Americans eat the bird on Thanksgiving. Football, being a sport that we originated, seemed to fit well with Thanksgiving, although no one figured out to put the two together nationally until George A. Richards in 1934. Richards, the owner of the fledgling Detroit Lions, needing a way to draw attention to his team from the overshadowing Detroit Tigers, contacted friend and owner of the Chicago Bears to invite them to play at Detroit on Thanksgiving Day. The event sold out within two weeks. He also owned a small radio station and had a lot of industry ties to the big time NBC radio station in which he used to nationally broadcast his game on 94 different stations country wide. In 1966, Dallas owner Tex Schramm followed suit when he secured an annual holiday game for the Cowboys. The Lions and Cowboys have since become as much of Thanksgiving as pumpkin pie and stuffing.

So as we gather together on this Thanksgiving, let’s get back to the humble origins. Be grateful and find joy in the simple things. It is when we become grateful for things, people, and events, you may notice that joy comes naturally.  Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Marriage Challenge!


Any one else feeling down in the dumps...

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Light of my Life

         Introducing Tessa Beth Burton!!!!

We are so excited to have this new blessing in our lives! Her birth was a great one! After being one week late and not having dilated more than 1 inch, we scheduled a c-section. It went very well. I had some severe fears due to my last c-section! The doctors did a great job and all went well. I am so very thankful!
Now Tessa is almost two months old. She is doing well regardless of her having some weight issues at the beginning!

Monday, April 15, 2013

Our Blessing!

So as this pregnancy is continuing, (I am now 36 weeks) i was beginning to feel very stressed. If you know my family, you know the only vehicle that we have is a 92 Chevy silverado truck that is not overly reliable. We have a four year old boy and now we have a baby on the way and I was beginning to be really stressed on how we were going to be able to even bring the baby home from the hospital. Four people do not fit in the cab of a non-extended cab truck. Well God has seriously blessed us. We have HORRIBLE credit and when I say horrible I mean horrible, but we knew that we had to do something. So we decided to start looking for a car. We figured we would have to go to a buy here pay here type of thing, but the Lord has ways of making things work out. We had gotten lunch and while we were in the drive-thru the truck started to overheat and so the car dealership was right across the road, so we decided to just slide by and look and see what was there to see what we liked together as a couple while the truck cooled down. Well, like I said the Lord works things out. We were able to get a loan and buy a 2010 Kia Optima! We are in love and guess this.... Anthony told me that "it is my car".... I about had a hard attack. I see it as our car, but the fact is that, I feel so much better and less stressed about the baby now. I am very happy, we are now officially a married couple as we are now in debt together! Lol. All the thanks goes to Jehovah-Jirah! 

Here is us with our first big purchase as a couple


Tuesday, April 09, 2013


 Life is a Journey. Take the road less traveled by.

 My handsome hubby with his new haircut.

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Pregnancy Pictures Today

Well it was just gorgeous today! It was perfect for our pregnancy/family pictures! I loved it. I cant wait to see some of them edited and ready to go. I am only 35 weeks so my belly is big, but not as big as it is going to get, so i might get a couple more taken here at 38 weeks! Yay

Friday, March 29, 2013

Fast Five

Well, I am thinking my hubby and I need a date night. So I am planning a surprise for him. I am going to take him to one of his favorite things. Cars.... lol
He will love this. I was going to try to take him to a car show, but no one is having one near here right now. so instead I am going to take him to the dealership and let him test drive some of his favorite cars... I think he will love it. Then we are going to dinner and then come home to watch a gear head movie... Fast Five. I am hoping he will love it!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Broken Heart

You know...there are sometimes in life where your heart just breaks for someone else. Well i had one of those experiences the other day and it did not even happen to me, it happened to Anthony, who told me about it. I am one of those people who have trouble with the help the animal commercials and the feed the hungry campaigns. They just tend to break my heart so much!!! You know we really dont take the time to realize ALL of the blessings that we have everyday! We are loaded with Blessings... and we dont even acknowledge it or the one who gave it to us. All we can think about is the next upgrade in this, or i really want that.  But what about the simple pleasures in life? The joys have should satisfy us? Thank him daily for all his blessings

Continuing with my story, Anthony came home the other day from taking Matt to preschool ay 7:20 am and told me this story.
         He said " I took Matt inside this morning and was signing him into class when i noticed this little boy sitting at the table looking really really sad. His head was in his hands, and he just looked like a lost puppy. So i went along helping Matt put his jacket and book bag up, then i got down and gave Matt a bear bug, but while i was hugging him, this little boy was watching us the whole time. So i finally asked the little boy what was wrong and he said "im sad"  so I said "why are you sad bud?". Then the little boy said, "I was watching you and was wishing that I had a daddy."............... It just hit me hard. It broke my heart, so i tried to cheer him up a little. We played for a little bit and i joked with him and finally he went off with Matt to play. But it just broke my heart.."

Of course when Anthony told me all this, it broke my heart as well. Its even hard to type. Now i dont know the situation with that little boy, but he is in my prayers i can tell you that. I am so so so so so thankful that Matt has a Daddy who loves him with all his heart, and such a good support system all around him. I am also thankful that Anthony is the type of man who would take the time after working for 12hrs on third shift to cheer up a little sad boy...  Major blessing to me that I know came from God.

Hope you all take something away from this, blessings are all around us.

Monday, March 11, 2013

31 weeks

I am now officially 31 weeks along! Yay. Only 9 more to go. It feels like my pregnancy has gone by quickly so far and i hope that it does not change. So just a little bit about my day. I went to bed real late. I am having a hard time being able to go to sleep at a decent hour without Anthony here at nights. It sucks bad. But anyways.... I went to bed late and did not get up till bout 10 thirty or so (Ant took Matt to school), with a missed call on my phone. So i listened to the voicemail and it was our realtor who said she was going to show our house to an interested party today at four! I was like AHAHAHAHAHAH. Only four hours to get a house show ready!!! So i did the flight of the butterfly! I did everything: all the laundry, all floors sweep, all floors mopped, bathroom scrubbed down (tub,toilet,behind toilet), Matts room rearranged, up baby's part of the room up, did the TEN MILLION dishes (i need to be better about doing them every day), dusted everywhere.....living room, Etc. Now i am so wore out. I think i over did it with the baby, she is kicking my butt now. Well on the plus side at least the house is clean now! I plan to try to keep it that way 

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Mom Challenge #2

Well, only seven days till Christmas! Exciting. Well i am working on number one. I am making my own nativity out of boards and painting them with silhouettes! But this post is about challenge number two, participate in a Christmas pageant. Well, at first this was a hard challenge for us since we do not have a Christmas pageant at our church, but God worked things out. Dad (pastor) is having some special music for Christmas Sunday and he asked if i would help to get some of the kids dressed up as the manager scene. No lines, just dressed up and so far we have almost all the kids interested. There is going to be a costume making party at my house on Friday. i hope my little bitty house can hold all these people and kids. I will post pictures as soon as i get them!