Friday, December 2, 2011

The Thanksgiving I didn’t plan for

It’s so funny how much planning we can do but find that God has a completely different plan for us.  I think there is a saying, which of course I don’t recall who said it first, but it goes something like: “If you want to make God laugh, form a plan”.
I think I must have God rolling! 
He keeps teaching me this lesson over and over again.  Maybe one day it will finally click for me.  I had Thanksgiving all planned….down to the very last second.  The entire 4 day weekend was jam packed with fun activities, shopping, and a 23 lb turkey.  That all came to a screeching halt when Phil got a call out to an oil rig at 1pm the day before Thanksgiving for an undetermined amount of time.  I felt crushed!  I had been looking forward to this weekend since September.  Going from a house full of people and fun times to a 4-day weekend alone was NOT the weekend I had planned on.

With a lot of prayer, I found myself capable of being the supporting wife that my husband needed me to be while he was away.  Praise the Lord for telephones and puppies to snuggle with!

So instead of the weekend I had planned, I made a new plan.  I still did my cooking but just a little bit each day (in the hopes that Phil would be home before it all went bad lol).  I have to say cooking a little bit each day is a lot better than mass cooking.  DSC_0892DSC_0900I did a lot of work over the weekend too (who would have ever thought that would happen?! I hope you can sense my sarcasm here hehe).  Phil had purchased us tickets to see the Nutcracker Ballet again this year, so I got to take a friend with me this year.  I watched a ton of Christmas movies, and I decorated everything but the dining room for Christmas.  I was gunna get my Thanksgiving with Phil at some point so I left the dining room as Thanksgiving.
The table waiting for Phil to come home :-)  DSC_0796DSC_0790
Here is a sneak peak at some of the Christmas decorations.  More to come on this later.DSC_0938
Phil returned Sunday afternoon and we had a feast.  It may not have been the weekend I had planned, but He always knows better than me.  Phil’s return was the best Thanksgiving I’ve ever had, even if it was 3 days late!
The girls happy to have Phil home :-)DSC_0978DSC_0979
Hope you had a chance to thank the Lord for your blessings this Thanksgiving.
xoxo Darby

10 comments :

Kellyn Fleming said...

Yay! I am so glad everything worked out! It sounds like it was well worth the wait! And might I add how HUGE Tomlin is getting! holy cow! She grew up so fast! I'm so glad you still got to enjoy a nice weekend filled with Christmas festivities! I am even more glad that Phil was able to come home in time before all the food went bad! I am sure he made short order of it, hehe! Love you!

sherri lynn said...

aw Darby! I had no idea that when you said Phil was gone that he was gone over Thanksgiving! I'm so sorry things didn't turn out like you expected... but isn't it the truth that God does know best! You had such a good attitude about it - yay for you being a supportive wife :) I'm glad he's home now and I hope you were able to get your big tree up together!

Lindsay said...

Oh, I am so sorry things didn't go as planned. I am glad you were able to enjoy your beautiful meal together, even if it was a few days late. Beautifully set table, by the way!

Joy said...

One thing is for sure, God's timing is perfect. Even if we don't think so at the time. So glad y'all have Thanksgiving together even if it was a few days "late." And that picture of you and my girl Tomlin... LOVE it!!! I know she was happy to have mommy home with her for 4 days. LOVE the table-scape!!!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

Awww this is great and so true...He always knows best..Sounds like you were more thankful for what you had...there is always a blessing!!

sarah@totalbassetcase.com said...

Your table looks fabulous! And I am so glad you were still able to have your Thanksgiving with Phil!

Meg {henninglove} said...

it is crazy how God uses events to teach us lessons! i have a hard time rolling with the punches too when i am such a planner. especially for a big event like thanksgiving! but regardless you are right thank you God for the blessings of Thanksgiving and the food given to us for such a meal

Kristin said...

Your Thanksgiving feast looks amazing! You know...some of my best memories involve plans that had to abruptly change because of unforeseen circumstances. So happy that you finally got your Thanksgiving dinner with the hubs! :)

Meggan of Lila Grace said...

Girl, I feel the same way about God teaching us lessons about our plans versus His! I always also wonder when I will learn that His way is always better. You handled this tough situation with grace and poise and your Thanksgiving looked just beautiful! xo

Julie @ The Smitten Mintons said...

I can totally relate, girl! I am such a planner and have a hard time adjusting it when we get a curveball! But I'm so glad you still had an amazing holiday today! And your pup is absolutely adorable! :)

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