Our Thanksgiving Week

Thanksgiving Plans and Menu - Joyfully Thriving

It’s Thanksgiving week! Already? Yes, already, and we are indeed thankful! This is going to my last post for the week because it will be a wonderfully busy week at our house. Andy and I have been busy getting our house ready for our company. Here are our plans for Thanksgiving this year.

Early Tuesday morning, my sister, Liesl, arrives with her husband and 4 children from North Carolina. They are driving through the night to get here. I’ll still take Nathan to his Grandma’s for the afternoon while I teach music, so they can rest from the travel. Late Tuesday evening (probably around midnight or so), my brother, Joel, arrives from St. Louis. He will drive with our sister, Mikaela, and her husband and their new baby.

Wednesday, we have plans for the children to visit Science Central with the guys while the girls (and babies) go shopping for bargains! We’ll enjoy being together. I don’t think there will be much sleeping late with 6 children in the house – especially since 3 of those are babies under the age of 7 months!

On Thursday, we’ll go to Thanksgiving worship at Ascension. Afterwards, all of us will go to my in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner. All 3 of Andy’s siblings will be home for Thanksgiving as well. It will be a full house! On Thanksgiving evening, my parents fly into Fort Wayne from San Antonio. Then, the entire Barz family will be together!

Friday, we’re going to have another Thanksgiving meal for lunch at our house. Turkey, stuffing and all the traditional sides! We’ll have the Whirretts over for an evening meal of chili…and leftovers.

Saturday is our last day together, so we’re going to try and get a professional picture taken of my parents with their now 6 grandchildren. We’ll see how it goes! After lunch, we’ll all start heading our separate ways. I say all, because Nathan and I will be driving with my parents to Saginaw, Michigan, for the weekend. This was what started the whole Thanksgiving get-together plans. The church where my Dad first served invited their former Pastors to come back and preach this year for their 100th anniversary. Dad picked Thanksgiving weekend so we can see the Boar’s Head Festival which he helped to start at Bethlehem Lutheran. I was not quite 5 when we moved from Saginaw but I do have clear memories from my first years there. I am excited to visit again!

It will be a busy week. My menu is planned with main dishes that include poppy seed chicken, chili, the Pioneer Woman’s lasagna and, of course, a turkey. I have homemade crescent rolls in the freezer as well as frosted butter cookies and mini chocolate chip pumpkin muffins. I am going to be trying several new pumpkin recipes out, too. The food is important because we all like to eat, but more important is the fact that we will all be together.

I am looking forward to this week. We are all looking forward to it. We are indeed, truly, thankful! I pray that your Thanksgiving – no matter what you eat or whom you eat it with – is filled with joy. May all our hearts be filled with thanksgiving to God for the countless blessings He bestows upon us!

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  1. Wow, what a busy and fun week! Darryl is actually from Saginaw! How funny! His parents still live there, and we live about 90 minutes south now. Have a great trip.

    1. What a small world! I’ve discovered that lots of people have a connection to Michigan, but I haven’t met many others who are from Saginaw! I wonder if they ever went to the Boars Head at Bethlehem Lutheran? That would really be a small world! 🙂 I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. What a wonderful blessing to have your entire family together! Enjoy every moment, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  3. Good for you Kristen! It sounds wonderful! I am actually IN Grand Rapids, MI! I pray you guys have safe roads this holiday season and while busy, how great to have the entire family around you… blessed indeed! Have a terrific Thanksgiving!

    1. Yay for Michigan! 🙂 We’re looking forward to our family time and are also praying for safe travels. A blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family, as well!

    2. Yay for Michigan! 🙂 We’re looking forward to our family time and are also praying for safe travels. A blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family, as well!

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