Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Tonight was one of my favorite Willow Creek traditions:
THE THANKSGIVING DINNER!
For about 182 years...or so...
Willow Creekers have been roasting turkeys
and preparing all the fixings for an amazingly huge feast!
The gym was packed tonight as all my favorite people and many of their friends and family came out to eat and fellowship and be thankful together!
These were our peeps tonight!
I love them!
Caitlin, Beth, Philip, Dave, and Jeremy...yes, Jeremy!
See that smile? We are so praying that he is getting close to fully understanding what Jesus Christ did for him on the cross in paying the penalty for his sins and extending the offer of salvation. Please pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to soften his heart!


So...the decision on what to take to this festive dinner is always hard for me...do I take something oober healthy and risk that I'll be the only one eating it...or do I just go for a crowd pleaser and fill it up with butter and sugar.Obviously, I went for the crowd pleaser!
Candied squash with marshmallows sounded good to me, too!

My grandma always made this for the holidays,
so I scoured her little homemade recipe cards for the recipe...nothing!

I called my mom and she said, "Oh, Londa, that won't be in any recipe books.
That's just something they always knew how to make."

What, like Jello or something?

Guess I missed that in the "Growing Up in Rural Iowa" manual.

So, here it is:
Candied Squashed with Toasted Marshmallows

1 large butternut squash (preferably from your dad's garden...they just taste better)
1/4 cup butter (use the real stuff, seriously)
1/2 c. brown sugar (be generous, you're already using butter...)
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mini-marshmallows

Cut squash in half and dig out the seeds. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until very tender. Let cool and peel off skin.

Using a hand blender or mixer, mix squash, butter, sugar, and cinnamon until a smooth consistency.

Pour into casserole dish and bake covered at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

Top with marshmallows and continue to bake until marshmallows start to toast. (This step can be sped up by using the broiler...you know, in case you're running late...not that I was or anything.)

The leftovers!
Guess there's just enough for breakfast...no, that would not be good!

Another fun part of the evening is listening to people share things for which they are thankful. It was fun to hear a lot of our children share various things. Something came to my mind, but I thought I'd wait and share it here...

Today, I was reminded of how thankful I need to be on a daily basis of God's sovereignty. It's easy to point people to the sovereignty of God when they are in the midst of a hard trial dealing with health, job, or family issues. However, God is in complete control of every detail--big or small--and He is never going to let things spin out of His control. He is never going to let go!

This morning, Cloe was so excited to take her little thermos to school with some vegetable soup for lunch. On the way to school, I noticed that the car had a super strong soup smell...then it dawned on me, the soup is spilling! Sure enough, I peeked in her bag, and there was a puddle of broth. The steam from the heated soup and blown the top off the thermos and her lunch box was an explosion of vegetables and barley.

I sort of panicked...the Qwest guy was coming right away and then we were having some little people visitors--there would be no way for me to take another lunch to Cloe. The real sinking clincher was that I had not yet taken the time to set up an account for her to be able to have hot lunch.

However, God quickly brought mind an event earlier in the week...one of my homeschool parents had paid me in cash because her husband had taken the checkbook with him. I had cash! I told Cloe I would go in and we would explain to the teacher what had happened and surely she would be able to help.

The teacher graciously got an account for Cloe quickly set up and said she would be just fine to get a hot lunch. As I was leaving the school, I hugged Cloe and she said, "Mom, thank you for helping me, but I'm really nervous to eat hot lunch." That about ripped my heart out...I told her I'd pray for her...and then called Cody...

I was so grateful for the way God had lined up the events of the morning from the cash in my purse to her teacher being available to help...but I was still praying so hard for lunch to go well for Cloe. I knew God would continue His loving care, but it seems hard to fully trust when it's one of your babies!

Cloe hopped off the bus and I immediately asked how lunch went: "Great Mom! They had...um...chicken pot pie. Yep, that's what they called it and it was sooo good! Thank you mom for letting me have hot lunch! I loved it! I did accidentally throw away the fork and spoon because I didn't know you had to hold on to them, but they didn't care or get mad or anything! I hope I can do hot lunch again someday!"

Phew!
Thank you, Lord!

Jeremiah 29:11-13
"For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord.
“They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.
In those days when you pray, I will listen.
If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. "

Matthew 10:29b-31
But not a single sparrow can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it.
And the very hairs on your head are all numbered.

So don’t be afraid;
you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows.


4 comments:

peter marie said...

Ah, this makes me way bummed that we couldn't go last night! But looks amazing as always.

That's one of my favorite Thanksgiving side dishes. I love it!

And what a great story about Chloe. It is cool to see God work in even the small things.

Erin said...

What a great story! God cares about EVERYTHING!!!!!!

Mama Foster said...

we have yet to get to go to a willow creek thanksgiving dinner...maybe next year!

glad everything worked out for cloe!

une autre mère said...

What a sweet story about Cloe. It's amazing how God takes care of all the little details.