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Such a lovely week past and another delightful one to come. Yesterday was our Holiday Parade. I believe they schedule it a bit early to celebrate Thanksgiving as well as Christmas AND to hopefully avoid bad weather. That worked beautifully yesterday as it was in the mid-60s most of the day, beautiful sunshine, bright blue skies, and no rain due til Monday at least. Hooray!
I had so much fun watching the parade with all ages participating from young kids and grandkids on up to senior citizens. I loved the oranges Kaiser handed out, the unicyclists who did an awesome job, the adorable kids dancing, twirling, and waving away. And getting to see friends and neighbors while walking along. A delightful time full of new memories along with lovely old memories of times gone by with grandkids in tow.
Does your hometown do parades? You can usually find out by checking the city’s website or the Chamber of Commerce’s. It’s a fun tradition in so many cities and a delightful expedition with the grandkids.
Today I visited a delightful Quilt Show put on by the River City Quilters’ Guild in Sacramento CA. I enjoyed looking at so many creative and colorful quilts including several lovely ones by dear friends. I snapped a cute photo of an owl quilt for my senior mom. She will love seeing it!
Not only were there many delightful quilts on display. They also had several interesting vendors with a wide variety of quilt, craft and other products. And oh my, I was especially tickled by this cute quilt one of the many intriguing vendors, The Quilt House, had displayed. As I told her, I bet if my grandsons could see it, they’d wish their grandma had better sewing skills. 🙂
This was the second year I had admired the cute crafts shared by the sweet husband and wife team of Generation to Generation Heirlooms and I had a great time taking his….errrrrr….Santa’s photo.
I love the Bible verse that is on their business cards – “But, LORD, You remain the same forever! Your throne continues from generation to generation. Lam. 5:19” 🙂
Long Distance Joys
Are all your grandchildren nearby or long distance or both? At the moment all my grandkids are long distance in different directions so probably no quilt shows or crafting projects with them over the holidays this year. But I was blessed to visit one set of grandkids a few weeks ago and they were so sweet. They put up their Christmas tree way early and the grandkids and I had a wonderful time playing Christmas music and decorating the tree just as we’ve done many times in the past. It was a wonderful treat for all of us and something I’ll treasure in my heart. I do love flexibility on all sides. As I tell my grandkids, we aren’t changing dates! We’re just spreading out the fun!
I’m looking forward to visiting the other set of sweeties down the road. And how I cherish the various phone conversations with my different “phone buddies.” It’s not easy being so far apart. But I continue to give thanks to God for cell phones, email, texting, and more! What’s your favorite way of long distance grandparenting?
Giving Thanks for and with Music
Isn’t that a lovely photo of an autumn waterfall, courtesy of a grand app – WordSwag. So peaceful to see and such a lovely Bible verse. Both of which reminded me of a favorite contemporary praise and worship hymn song, Waterfall, by Chris Tomlin. My grandkids and I enjoyed listening to this a few times on my visit. Some of the lyrics include:
“Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Running wild and free
You hear my heart when I call, when I call
Deep calls, too deep
Your love is like a waterfall, waterfall
Raining down on me
That is so true. When we receive Him into our heart as Savior, surrender our lives to Him daily as our Lord, we will see such sweet wonders of His love! He has proven this to me over and over through the years. Isn’t He wonderful. What a great song for this week of Thanksgiving, don’t you think?
Sweet Words of Encouragement for Boomers and Seniors
Continuing on in the book of John, here is part 10 – covering John 5:1-9 – Opposed by Hopelessness. I know this story well, but Pastor David Guzik had some intriguing highlights and gave me new food for thought as I listened. Always a nice treat! 🙂
Coloring Pages for Kids and Adults
Here’s another fun Thanksgiving coloring page for our grandkids, senior adults, and others who might enjoy it.
And I thought todays Scripture Picture might make an interesting and challenging coloring page for adults.
My prayer for all of us is for a safe, peaceful, joy-filled holiday whether our sweet families are near or far away. And for us to keep our eyes fixed on the power of GOD no matter what. 🙂
P.S. If you’d like more Thanksgiving coloring pages for kids, grandkids, adults, elderly seniors, and more AND some cute resources, my local blog, Roseville California Joys, has some fun ideas in my post, Thanksgiving Fun in Roseville CA, in the section – Thanksgiving fun for kids and grandkids. And you don’t have to live in or around Roseville / Sacramento area to enjoy them. 🙂