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Thursday, Nov. 27th, 2014

November 28th, 2014

Thanksgiving Day, 2014.  We are very thankful today, even though it meant starting the day milking instead of lying around in bed.   With almost no staff on hand, Chris and I, and various Ollers had to do all the chores.  Madison is off to Greensboro for a few days too excited about the prospect of spending a day or two with a certain young man and his family to remember where the barn is.  But, everything got done that absolutely needed to get done.

It has been raining for the past week, so we are ankle-deep in mud whenever we venture into the barnyard.   So too are all our ladies, and when they come into the milking parlor it takes 3 times as long to clean their udders as normal.   I dream of cement, high-pressure wash hoses, floor drains, all sorts of things like that.

Julie and Ben arrived with Gwen in the morning and brought wonderful news:  Julie is expecting!  I am floored by the multiple blessings for our family, and the promises God is fulfilling for Ben and Julie.

Thanksgiving dinner was over the top, as usual.  We had the whole menu: creamed onions, scalloped oysters, lemon jello, cranberryts mashed and sweet potatoes, smoked (Woodcrest ham), and of course, turkey(s), plus rolls, black olives, broccoli, and dishes I have forgotten.  Some of us saved room for the 7 different kinds of pies.

That’s what I remember of Thanksgiving day here at Woodcrest Farm.   The blessing for the day is pretty well summed up by Psalm 128:

Blessed is every one who fears the Lord,
Who walks in His ways.

When you eat the labor of your hands,
You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine
In the very heart of your house,
Your children like olive plants
All around your table.
Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
Who fears the Lord.

The Lord bless you out of Zion,
And may you see the good of Jerusalem
All the days of your life.
Yes, may you see your children’s children.

Peace be upon Israel!

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