I have invited some family members from out of town to come and share Thanksgiving with us. One of the side benefits of getting ready for guests is that I am forced to do some deep cleaning and organizing.
By now, surely you have realized that this is something I struggle with, but I am beginning to wonder if God is using my disorganization to keep me humble. How fast pride can creep in my life!! No sooner than I get my “office” a new filing cabinet, my drawers tidy with everything I need within reach, I start thinking how great I am and feeling smug about my fabulous room. Then, after I finally cleaned and sorted the tubs of junk in my laundry and bedroom, I really started going. Vainglory trumped my secret shame.
I knew it was getting out of hand when some friends stopped by unexpectedly yesterday. Usually, I live in terror of the unexpected guest (no, really, do stop by for a visit, just don’t look at the floor very closely), and my heart really starts to pound when they innocently wind their way into my bedroom. But I was thinking of almost pushing my friends into my bedroom. “Oh wow,” I could hear them say, “What a nice bedroom, how clean it is.” What could I be thinking? In that very same bedroom just two days ago, I gathered an entire box of mismatched socks that I had gathered from the four corners of the house. The box kept growing when finally I decided I needed to count the socks.
I stopped at 203. Yep, I am not kidding. That’s an average of over 30 socks per person. And that is not even counting what is in the drawers.
I wonder how many times over the past year I had bought a new package of socks because I heard, “Mom! I don’t have any socks!”
I have been praying for years to be more organized. I think that now I need to be praying for humility first.
Now, my Thanksgiving Menu. I like to keep it traditional and simple:
Roast Turkey, Cornbread Dressing (GF, of course), Cranberry Sauce, Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, New Potatoes, Green Bean Casserole (a must for DH), Rolls, and a Green Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette, Pecans and Dried Cranberries. This year I am adding a Walnut Loaf for the vegetarians.
Desserts: Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie, Whipped Cream and Gingerbread, Caramel Apples.