This week I'm thankful for...
661. Fun lunches with life-long friends and family
662. BOGO Peppermint Mocha from Starbucks, not once, but TWICE over the week-end
663. Sunday naps
664. Friday night dates with my honey
665. Getting a $25 gift certificate for $2 through Peter's employer
666. Using that gift certificate at our favorite local Indian restaurant and taking home leftovers
667. Getting 4 out of 5 siblings together for Thanksgiving
668. Spending time with extended family that we haven't seen in years
669. A group of people who decided to cross the Atlantic on a tiny ship in search of religious freedom
670. Abraham Lincoln's Thanksgiving Proclamation in 1863 (seen in part, below)
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.
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 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.