I believe less is more.

No party is out of reach including Thanksgiving Day! It requires skillful planning (I love lists!) that includes portions of the dinner be made ahead of time and delegation to each family attending.

I recently traveled to Madison, WI (see photo of my husband and me with the gracious Wiedenbeck clan) and my friend Barb had bought a slew of magazines for the guest room. On every cover were titles such as, “Easiest Ever Thanksgiving,” “Countdown to Turkey Day,” “75 Creative Ideas for a Stress-free Season.” They all had one theme in mind: organization and planning ahead.

Taking it one step further, my goal for organization is to have less time in the kitchen, which allows more time with guests, enjoying their company, creating deeper friendships, and forming stronger bonds. And greeting my guests at the door with a smile on my face that is real!

Yesterday I had my FaithGirlz group at my house making Turkey Place Cards for their Thanksgiving Dinners. These 8 girls were so creative with their finger art.
The materials were simple: brown inkpad, blank place cards & makers. How easy can you get? They were so excited to take their creations home to help decorate their Thanksgiving table.

I convey to these girls constantly that what matters in life is God and people. And a mother’s dream is to have their child’s artistic flare come through at a family meal! Which reminds me of a quote I read by Helen Keller:

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”


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