Today I want to share some of our Thanksgiving preparations! I want to start out by saying thank you to all of my blog readers! I am so encouraged by you all, and I thank God for each of you!  I pray that you will enjoy a bountiful feast with your loved ones, and that your heart is filled with praise to Jesus our King!

Our dining room table is set for a thanksgiving lunch celebration with our immediate family, along with one lovely addition. Jacob’s girlfriend Jane will be joining us this year!



While out shopping this year I found these amazing chargers, and cute little leaf shaped bowls to add to our table this year! I paired that with dishes we already own, and vintage classes from Peter’s childhood. I just love the way the place settings turned out. So fun!


This year we are mixing things up a bit, and instead of having TURKEY OR HAM, we are having PHEASANT AND DUCK! Along with a wild rice stuffing, 5 cheese macaroni, whiskey Glazed carrots, a healthy version of green bean casserole, crusty bread with onion jam, along with pumpkin muffins, and buttermilk pie for dessert. Yum! I am so excited.


Peter grated a mound of cheese for me, and I made a Béchamel sauce, and viola. A hearty 5-Cheese Macaroni make ahead side dish, that I topped with Panko bread crumbs, and popped in the refrigerator for the big day!


Peter’s brother and his family will be joining us in the afternoon on Thanksgiving day. We will enjoy a more relaxed setting with the kids. Leaving lots of room for the adults to talk, and the kids to play.


A few years ago I started doing crafts with the kids, and it has become a holiday tradition. This year we are painting wooden Christmas ornaments.


I also picked up these fun coloring, bingo, tic-tac-toe pages to keep the littles busy.


As we prepare our homes, our tables, and our food, let’s not forget to prepare our hearts. We have so much to be thankful for, and in the midst of our busyness, let us keep our eyes fixed on the giver of all good gifts.


Psalm 100 – A Psalm for giving thanks.

Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!

Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.


Have a Blessed Thanksgiving! Be sure to follow my blog for a chance to win the Listen, Love, Repeat! bundle. Stay tuned for more holiday inspiration and giveaways from now until the end of the year!

How are you preparing for the holidays? What traditions are you planning to incorporate? Are you doing anything new this year? I would love to hear from you!  Leave me a comment  and let me know what you have planned.


Posted by Misty Phillip

By His Grace: Seek Jesus, Study the Word, Grow in Grace Bible Study Author, Christian Lifestyle Blogger, & Speaker


  1. lorraine hibbert 11/23/2016 at 2:02 pm

    Hey Misty

    Thanks for sharing your THANKSGIVING traditions. We’ve had THANKSGIVING with the same two families for about TWENTY years. Between the three families we have 10 now adult children and 6 grandchildren with another on the way.

    The wives have a menu meeting about two weeks before thanksgiving and split who’s cooking what. We also alternate who’s hosting the dinner. In addition we have other close family friends join us. A typical Thanksgiving dinner has about 45 people there. WE LOVE IT😋❤️ BLESSINGS TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!


    1. Hi Lorraine, Thanks for sharing your traditions! How fun! Hope you have a Blessed Thanksgiving! <3


  2. Wow! What a beautiful, ornate table! And the dinner you prepared sounds delish!
    Confession: Sometimes, I see these arrangements and wonder if I’ll ever have a table so elaborate! But, then, as you so kindly reminded, I remember it’s our hearts that matter most! Having six kids, aged eight and under, doesn’t make setting a gorgeous table practical – or even fun! – in this season! Eventually (sooner than I’d care to admit!) I’ll be able to set dishes out without fear of them being thrown or knocked off the table! But for now, I’m going to relish in the moments with my littles and enjoy making memories with them!
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful Thanksgiving with us, Misty!


    1. Misty Phillip 11/08/2017 at 8:57 am

      Hi! Naomi,

      Thank you for your kind words!! It has taken me many years to get to this point. My oldest is married and my youngest is in high school and you are right they grow all to quickly and it happens before you know it!! You can still enjoys a fun festive table with paper plates, the key is to savor the moment with your little people! May God bless you abundantly in this season! ❤️ Misty


  3. reattasmith 11/08/2017 at 9:02 am

    I get so excited to read about other people’s family traditions or just family interactions period! I come from a broken family, so these posts give me up and excite me about one day starting my own. <3 I also really needed that Psalm in this current season that I'm in. Thank you and stay encouraged!


    1. Misty Phillip 11/08/2017 at 9:12 am

      Thank you so much for your sweet comments! I have incorporated few things from my family of origin. Most of the traditions we celebrate now have been started by my husband and myself and our kids. I am glad that you were encouraged by the Psalm! The Psalms give me so much comfort!! Praying that the Lord would shine his face on you today!!!


    2. Misty Phillip 11/08/2017 at 10:02 am

      Something to consider. While you are single you could begin cultivating community by inviting friends over and begin to practice your hospitality skills. For example, this year we opened our home to anyone in our Sunday school class who might be alone and to families who were flooded by Hurricane Harvey. 😊


  4. Jennifer Love 11/08/2017 at 1:15 pm

    Absolutely beautiful table and great job planning for the different age groups! Might adopt the ornament painting for our Thanksgiving! Thanks!


    1. Misty Phillip 11/08/2017 at 1:35 pm

      Hi! Jennifer, thank you!! The ornament painting was a huge hit! I hope you y’all enjoy!! 💕 Misty


  5. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Misty! Your decorations look beautiful, and your menu sounds unique and delicious too! Thank you so much for sharing this glimpse into your life with us at the Hearth and Soul Link Party!


    1. Misty Phillip 11/22/2017 at 11:44 am

      Hi! April, Happy Thanksgiving to you too! Thanks so much for sharing this post with your Facebook readers!! Be blessed 💕


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