I am thankful for the sweet Italian sausage sizzling in my pan that will turn into stuffing for a smoked turkey tomorrow.

I am thankful for my mother who knows how to jump in bounce castles and rescue stuffing when I burn my hand.

I am thankful for my father who has just arrived and is already certain he can fix the drip in the kitchen sink.

I am thankful for my husband as he gives me a chance to stop and smile into his eyes, no matter what we’re facing.

I am thankful for my son who can dance to Jessie J and sit still long enough for a parable of Jesus.

And I am thankful for the Good Shepherd who brings timely books, beautiful friends and new recipes into my life.

Happy Thanksgiving!