We are hours away from Thanksgiving Day and I wanted to share a thought from Noel Piper's book, Treasuring God in our Traditions. This book has been encouraging and thought provoking--I highly recommend it to you.

"What more could we ask for than hope and salvation? 'Blessed be the God and Father or our Lord Jesus Christ!' (1 Peter 1:3). Sometimes we can't help pouring out our praise and thanks to God--which brings us to Thanksgiving Day. What are the requirements for any sort of thanksgiving to happen? Something we're thankful for and somebody to thank". . .

from Psalm 95
Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods...
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
For he is our God, and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.

Happy Thanksgiving to you friends. I would LOVE to hear of any neat Thanksgiving traditions your family might have--I'll give you one of ours to start with... Tomorrow, we'll begin our Thanksgiving Day with my mom's French toast recipe. It's the best and here it is:

Mom's French Toast
6 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
3/4 stick of butter
3/4 c. brown sugar

Mix together eggs, milk, vanilla and cinnamon. Separately mix together butter and brown sugar. Pour 3/4 of the butter/brown sugar mixture into the bottom of a 9 by 9 pan. Place bread in pan, 2 slices thick; pour egg mixture over bread; pour remaining butter/brown sugar mixture on top. Cover & refrigerate over-night. Bake at 350 for 30-45 minutes.


  1. Sarah, I've been thinking about this recipe lately and wishing I had it! My mom used your mom's recipe quite a few years for Christmas morning, and I haven't been able to find it. It's so yummy and perfect for a busy morning - like dessert for breakfast :-) Hopefully it will become our family's Christmas breakfast tradition. I love your blog - you're very inspiring :-)
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Our "tradition" the last three years has been to cook, cook and cook in the a.m. Put on our super comfy clothes (my sweats), Take all the yummy goodness over to the Oesterwinds. Pig out. Put in "polar express" (tell Johnny that Santa is Gandolf from Lord of the Rings)and see who is the first to fall asleep during the movie. We know how to party in california!!!
    It truly is our favorite time of year. It's wonderful to be with extended family and have good fellowship..even when we are snoring. I don't think anyone will be sleeping this year with Henry and the twins. :-)

  3. Britt-
    It was really good to hear from you. I'm so glad that you were able to find my mom's French toast recipe--my mom says that it really isn't hers--but she can't remember where she found it--so I just consider it hers;) I was just looking at your pictures on Facebook the other day--your children are beautiful! And the pictures from Stephen's wedding were absolutely wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving to you too;)

  4. Great quote! And that french toast looks amazing!

    This year we are here with friends in Chicago. All of our family is in PA. But I usually wake up and make a cinnamon, Pecan, Chocolate chip coffee cake for breakfast. It's my mother-in-law's recipe. It's so yummy!
    p.s. It's snowing here in Chicago!

  5. Hey sakes, one of the traditions we started last year was to use a linen tablecloth and every year we write what we are thankful for on it. So we can look back over the years and read all the great blessings of our family. That's it:) All I can say is have a very nice day:) Love ya! See ya tomorrow

  6. Happy Thanksgiving!! I LOVE your new blog look!!! It is fabulous!

    A new tradition we heard about through my new sister-in-law, that we will try next year is to eat pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving breakfast! She said they enjoyed it more since they weren't "stuffed" from the main meal. Your mom's recipe looks delish! I'll have to try it out!! :P

  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you guys! Don't you love this time of year? I think traditions really do help make it so special - my family always spent time after the meal sharing what we were thankful for -that was really special, but one of my favorite things was staying in a hotel together the night after Thanksgiving and then all going Christmas shopping together. I love the hustle and bustle and hearing Christmas music everywhere.

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