I Was a Turkey on Thanksgiving

My turkey tale from this year’s Thanksgiving Day:

Besides the traditional food that is made only once or twice a year at our house, I made several  dishes & desserts that I’ve made for years & years. But something happened. What really happened BEFORE all our friends arrived? My family experienced it with me… but here’s what only they know…

I failed. Flopped. Messed up so many things.

The wonderful sausage stuffing was NOT supposed to be so dry.

The lovely sweet potato dish was NOT supposed to be soup that later solidified & looked like a giant orange blob.

The chocolate cranberry bread budding – that no one even knew I’d made- was NOT supposed to be made from the extra bread I’d made for croutons… the GARLIC bread!! ick

The pumpkin pie was too done.

The apple crisp (that I’ve made numerous times every fall for the last 20 yrs) had rubbery apples and a crisp that wasn’t crispy. (It was fed to the garbage disposal the night before any guests arrived.)

And even the ice tea that I make EVERY stinkin day was TOO strong!

 

What in the world?  I can make some of these dishes with my eyes closed? What happened? I only know two things:

1. Our friends brought lots of yummy food & saved the day

2. My identity was perhaps a little too tied into all my “homemade this & homemade that”… and pride comes before a fall.

I was a little cranky that day because I’d let myself down. But the next morning in prayer I was convicted & asked Jesus to forgive me for being too proud & to forgive me for thinking about myself on a wonderful holiday that is about thankfulness… not selfishness.

This doesn’t change the fact that much of our menu items will continue to be homemade… it’s just healthier & cheaper. But it has changed my outlook. A little slice of humble pie was the best thing I ate this Thanksgiving.

 

 

8 thoughts on “I Was a Turkey on Thanksgiving

  1. Wow! I don’t know what to say. I had to laugh, though, cuz I didn’t really expect to read that. Lol! We all have those rough times huh? 🙂 I have to be really careful when I start feeling extra good about something “I’ve done” – I get prideful and yucky. Fwiw, I never saw that in you re: your food. 😉

  2. what you DID make was a happy, encouraging, loving & joyful home that welcomed anyone you found alone. you humbly put others first all day & night long! you were probably up before anyone else just to be with Jesus!

    Meals flop. Big deal! But your gift of hospitality NEVER flops! That’s why no one had a clue about what went wrong – you don’t do it for you nor seek praise – instead, you listened to others, praised others food, and served all day long.

    it was a great day because it wasn’t about food but instead thanksgiving & love!

    • WOW!!! You’re husband speaks words from God on Sundays (and I am sure other days too, but I don’t hear him) but this comment – straight from the heart of Jesus!

      You are encouraging! And loving!

      No one really remembers what you make anyway – they remember how much you love them!

      Happy Thanksgiving EVERYDAY dear friend!!! I love you!!!!!!

  3. Ohhh, my brother….brownie points for you! Smile What an awesome encouraging word, for an awesome encouraging woman…from an awesome encouraging man.

  4. Now you know that previous reply was to my white chocolate brother. Smile Anyways, you are in deed an amazing woman. Your transparency touches my heart and encourages me to want to be just like my BIG sis. I too often find my sitted at that table eatin that humble pie. But, the life that you live before myself and others may possibly the greatest sermon you will ever preach. Your humility and graciousness speaks loudly even when you’ve never really uttered a word.

  5. It’s after 1 a.m. plz excuse the typos…brain freeze…Anyways, you are in deed an amazing woman. Your transparency touches my heart and encourages me to want to be just like my BIG sis. I too often find myself sitting at that same table eatin that humble pie. But, the life that YOU live before myself and others may possibly the greatest sermon you will ever preach. Your humility and graciousness speaks loudly even when you’ve never really uttered a word.

  6. Netta – you are a blessing!!! I love to read your posts and I love it that you are “real”!!! Hugs to you always from Hudson!!!
    PS – Give Courtney a big hug from her “farm G’ma)

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