Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving

HAPPY THANKSGIVING! This Thanksgiving we are thankful for YOU! Thank you for your overwhelming support while we get this blog up and running and being patient with us while we work out the kinks. There is so much to be thankful for.

I love Thanksgiving. All yummy food and days off aside, I love the history of Thanksgiving. I’m not talking about the Pilgrims and Indians history, although I love that too, I’m talking about the first official Thanksgiving as a National Holiday. On November 26, 1863 Abraham Lincoln declared that the fourth Thursday of every November thereafter would be considered an official U.S. holiday of Thanksgiving. He gave this speech in gratitude for a pivotal Union Army victory at Gettysburg. Amidst the tragedy of this war, he delivered this speech. I just love it. We are going to start a new family tradition and read this every Thanksgiving.

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“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theater of military conflict; while that theater has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defense, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battlefield; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.”

-Abraham Lincoln

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About Vanessa Hunt

I'm Vanessa. I love life. Everything about it (almost)! People fascinate me! We are all so unique and I love meeting new people from around this crazy planet! I have 4 babies that keep me busier than I ever imaged and a fabulous husband who helps me run this circus that we call a family. I'm kind of a health food geek, but am trying to find the balance that works for a large family. I am blessed to call Paradise my home (Hawaii) and we are happy to be beach bums!

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