Friday, November 25, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

From all of us and extended family! " Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever." Psalm 118:1 Posted by Picasa

George Washington's Thanksgiving Proclamation

Read by dad (Paul Sauve') before we commenced our Thanksgiving dinner.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me "to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:"

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted' for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have show kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand, at the city of New York, the 3rd day of October, A.D. 1789.

--G. Washington

Mr. Turkey! We needed to get two of these to feed all 17 of us! Posted by Picasa

What a blessing it was to have our Great Aunt Jackie join us for this years celebration! Because we usually have it at our house, she hasn't been able to come because of the long drive and so we haven't been able to see her very often. Her presence therefore, made this day even more special for all of us!  Posted by Picasa

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We had quite the variety of tasteful choices and many sat down with about a little bit of each thing on their plates! Beside the basic turkey, mashed potatoes, and dressing, our family tradition adds butternut squash (from Aunt Myrts garden of course) green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, corn casserole, and of course mom's famous rolls (along with the usual olives, pickles and cranberry sauce). What a Feast!!!  Posted by Picasa

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What kind of pie would you like? How about one piece of each!! =) Posted by Picasa

After dinner nap. Zzzz.... Posted by Picasa

The Twins! Thank you Auntie Carmen for your hospitality in hosting this Thanksgiving at your house! Many hugs and kisses! Posted by Picasa