Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving is More Than Turkey 2010

The first example of Thanksgiving in America as recorded by William Bradford Governor Of Plymouth Plantation. Not of a feast, but of thanksgiving out of gratitude because "instead of famine now God gave them plenty.."P132 (1)
Edward Winslow wrote a letter on 11 Dec 1621 to a friend in England describing this day of thanksgiving.
"Our harvest being gotten in , our Governor sent four men on fowling, that so we might after a more special manner rejoice together, after we had gathered the fruit of our labors.  They four in one day killed as much fowl as with a little help beside, served the Company almost a week.  At which time amongst other recreations, we exercised our arms, many of the Indians coming amongst us, and amongst the rest their greatest King, Massasoit with some 90 men, whom for three days we entertained and feasted.  And they went out and killed five deer which they brought to the plantation and bestowed on our Governor and upon the Captain and others."  p60-5 (2)
In his book, William Bradford affirmed Edward Winslow's letter.  "Besides they had about a peck a meal a week to a person, or now since harvest, Indian corn to that proportion.  Which made many afterwards write so largely of their plenty here to their friends in England, which were not feigned but true reports." P90 (1)
Many think they were feasting on all that meat, but not so.  The Indians were grateful for the kindness extended them and the custom was to give back, the gift of the meat to the Governor and others were prepared for preserving the colony through the winter.  When you read his book you get to know, Governor Bradford was a pious man.  He was not vain nor did he do things frivolously.  You understand the thanksgiving feast was just that, taking time out of labors to give thanks for the blessings they enjoyed.
We enjoy reading the first hand account each Thanksgiving and applying an attitude of gratitude to our lives expressing thankfulness for family, friends, the bounteous blessing that God has bestowed upon us.
I am thankful for my ancestor William Bradford for coming to the country and instilling in his posterity the love of God, and the desire to keep the ability to worship as one desires to worship. 
As I sit here an write, I look around at the modest home of my daughter and know she is greatly blessed as are her children.  I am blessed to be here to spend time with them. Many years ago, a mother often would not see her children again after they moved far away. I am thankful for what I have.

 I wish blessing on all  this Thanksgiving.

1. Of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 by William Bradford (A New Edition edited by Samuel Eliot Morison)
2. Mourt's Relation

Monday, November 1, 2010

Dressing Up Through the Generations.

Unusual costumes has been a regular for my TexasBlu girl.  She loved dreaming up something different for me to make for her when she was little.
This is her at 8 with her dad and siblings at a County Maintenance Barn Halloween activity. The character is Mrs Bianca from the Rescuers.

About a month and a half ago, one of my grandsons, who has decided he will be a scientist, advised his mom that GrandmomE was going to make him a lab coat.  'Sure,' says I, 'that will be easy enough.' Well, the oldest then decided GrandmomE was going to make him a cowboy outfit.  Still easy enough.
The mom then decided how about making the twins a HeMan outfit. (That was a popular cartoon series in the 80's [when TexasBlu was little] and is still on old channels).  Can't deny that part of my insanity was, I have never made anything for the boys it has always been for the girls.  Must do this.
As I was working, a poem I cross stitched for TexasBlu when she was about 10ish  kept going through my head. She was kind enough to find it for me.
This is the poem:
When I'm a grown up woman
With hair up on my head,
I'll sit and sew till very late
And never go to bed.
Could be because, before I was finished, I did do an all night session in order to mail the HeMan costumes in order for them to arrive in time.
The grandson here with big eyes and solemn expression would admonish me to work on the costumes, because he needed a Batman costume.  Of course I could not turn that down and I finished his the day before Halloween. He was on cloud nine.  Me too.  
Here are the pictures of the finished products:
The cowboy and the scientist who started it all
The twin HeMan. One was a little big but as you can tell the sword was everything.  

I did not make my granddaughter's costume, she created her own. Awesome.
I love this.  I made the fairy costume, but did not get the poodle skirt done she had to borrow one.

Our Little Batman.  So Fearless. ; )

This was a time of remembrance for me, click here for my blog on the Hero about this, and a time of making memories with my grandchildren. The granddaughter is 16 and will remember this marathon and the fun her little brothers had.  It will be a Family Story.