- Finding the faith and the funny in life with ten kids.
RSS Follow Become a Fan

Delivered by FeedBurner

Recent Posts

Hurricane Elvis
The King's Jail
Storming the Castle
Thirty One Years

Most Popular Posts

The Green Tennis Ball
My High Flying Tiger
Proms and Prayers
A Good Sign
A Whole, Entire, Complete Day Off.


Fan (Book Reviews)
Funds (paying for college)


January 2019
September 2018
November 2017
August 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
May 2016
March 2016
February 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
September 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011

powered by

The Big Picture

One Holiday at a Time

Last night my five daughters and I went to the grocery store together to conquer the Thanksgiving shopping.  Usually it is just my oldest daughter, Bethany, and me,  but the mission has outgrown us--it took all the girls and Mom Dot, too.  I think a new tradition was born. 

My son, Matthew, a Plebe at West Point, just texted me that he was on the bus.  I love the thought of him taking the seven hour bus trip to join us for Thanksgiving, especially since he will be seeing our Virginia home for the first time. The kids are going to make a sign, but don't tell him.

Traditions are important to my children.  After tomorrow's Thanksgiving feast, we will begin the familiar Christmas rituals.  From shopping on Black Friday to our annual Christmas Eve Open House, we savor each one.  

All this tradition has me thinking of a chat I had  last summer while we were still living in Florida.  I sat down at picnic table with new baby Hope while Captain Fun walked with the kids at one of our favorite sea side parks.  It just so happened that the Treasure Coast Atheists were having a picnic at the pavilion that day.  An older gentlemen beside me struck up a conversation, and  I could see by his name tag that he was part of the group. 

As we chatted, I learned he was from Vermont, one of my favorite places on earth.  The conversation found its way to the topic of faith, and I shared with him that I was a Christian.  

That's when he said something that I haven't forgotten. "You know, most Christians think it was when prayer was taken out of schools that began the demise of this country, but I beg to differ." 

Here I had to tell him that one of the first prayers I knew as a kid was The Lord's Prayer, and guess where I learned it?  Public school.  He thought that was interesting.  

"I think," he continued, "the real break down of the family began when stores started opening on Sundays and families stopped saving that day just to be together.  Folks just got too busy for the family." 

Like I said, I am grateful our principal led us in The Lord's Prayer every morning, but his point was valid.  And I couldn't help but think about it yesterday when I learned that many stores are opting to open their doors tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day.  Maybe families will make it a tradition to shop together, with the focus being on gratitude that they are blessed to be able to do so.  But maybe not.

One thing is for sure, though. The Sims family will be at home, sitting around the Thanksgiving table,  saying what we are each thankful for one by one.  Captain Fun will announce that it's time for the annual Sims Family Football Game.  Dorothy will do cheers on the sideline.   I will hold the baby.  (I always hold the baby.)  Mom Dot will watch if it's not too cold. 

Families have the freedom to observe Thanksgiving any way they want--around the dinner table or at the mall.  But I do hope with this invisible barrier that's been broken,  we won't eventually skip Thanksgiving altogether. 

Let's keep the focus on counting our blessings, one holiday at a time. 

4 Comments to One Holiday at a Time:

Comments RSS
Rose on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 7:32 PM
Yes, one holiday at a time please! I can't help agree with both of you - when prayer was removed from schools, it wasn't long after that as I recall, that stores started staying open on Sundays. I guess people were shifting the focus of their worship from God the Father to the almighty dollar, and we are poorer for it. Blessings to all of you and welcome to the new home to Matthew!
Reply to comment

ray ban on sale on Thursday, September 25, 2014 6:58 AM
Excellent post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? I'd be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Cheers!
Reply to comment

switzerland watches on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 9:10 PM
Hi my family member! I want to say that this post is awesome, nice written and include almost all significant infos. I would like to peer more posts like this .
Reply to comment

???????????????μ???? ???????μ???????????1???????± on Friday, January 02, 2015 7:19 AM
Fantastic goods from you, man. I've understand your stuff previous to and you are just too excellent. I really like what you have acquired here, certainly like what you're saying and the way in which you say it. You make it entertaining and you still care for to keep it smart. I can't wait to read far more from you. This is really a tremendous website.
Reply to comment

Add a Comment

Your Name:
Email Address: (Required)
Make your text bigger, bold, italic and more with HTML tags. We'll show you how.
Post Comment
Website Builder provided by  Vistaprint