30 Acts of Thanksgiving (Day3)

IMG_4605Today we are thankful for Daddy! We decided to make one of his favorite dishes, Chicken Marsala and for dessert Tres Leche! Each of the girls also made a card describing why they are so thankful for their Dad!

IMG_4607Chicken Marsala Recipe:
1/4 cup all-purpose flour for coating
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – pounded 1/4 inch thick or cut for desired thickness
4 tbsp butter
4 tbsp olive oil
1 cup sliced mushrooms (if desired)
1/2 cup Marsala wine
1/4 cup Cream of Sherry wine
*add some heavy whipping cream for thickness


  1. In a shallow bowl, mix together the flour, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano. Coat chicken pieces in flour mixture.
  2. In a large skillet, melt butter in oil over medium heat. Place chicken in the pan, and lightly brown. Turn over chicken pieces, and add mushrooms (if desired). Cook until lightly brown then pour in Marsala and Sherry wine. Cover skillet; simmer chicken 10 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink and juices run clear.

30 Acts of Thanksgiving

photo (3)What does it mean to be thankful? My favorite definition comes from a free online dictionary…thankful is to be aware and appreciative of a benefit, expressive of gratitude.

As Thanksgiving Day approaches I think on how I could teach our kids to be thankful. In years past, we made a thankful bucket. Last year we made a thankful chain. Each day we wrote down something we were thankful for. This year I want our kids to dig a little deeper…to go beyond just writing down what they are thankful for.

For each day in November we are going to express our thankfulness in a tangible way.

Below are some tangible examples of thanksgiving:
1. I’m thankful for food.
-give food to a food bank

2. I’m thankful for my house.
-go volunteer at a homeless shelter

3. I’m thankful for my sister.
-make a craft for your sister
-give her a card telling her why you are thankful for her

4. I’m thankful for our car.
-help vacuum or wash the car

5. I’m thankful for our neighbor.
-bake your neighbor some cookies or invite them over for dinner

I’ll be updating this list as we go through each day in November, so stop by again to see creative ways the kids came up with to show their thanks.

November 1st
Alayna: My Mom! She sat back and thought how she could show her thankfulness…then she leaned forward and gave me a big hug and a nice kiss on the cheek. (Yes, my heart melted! There was no greater way for her to show me that she was thankful for me like that hug and kiss!)
Victoria: Josiah…she also chose to give a kiss to show how thankful she is for him.
Kayla: My Sisters! Kayla has decided to let her sisters pick the games they want to play and she will do whatever they want to do for the day, to show how thankful she is for them.
November 2nd: Friends…we made homemade cookies for them.
November 3rd: Daddy…we made Chicken Marsala and special cards expressing how thankful we are for him.
November 4th: Made Christmas thank you cards for our military men and women.
November 5th: Donated to our local christian radio station.
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Picture Reflection “2012”


Happy New Year 2012


Lego Land


Happy 3rd Birthday Baby Girl


Happy 5th Birthday Toria!

Baby Shower

Josiah’s Baby Shower


Junior Bible Quizzing Camp


This Quarterback is Ready…


Any Day Now…


Room is almost ready…

just need to finish curtains and hardware


Proud Daddy


Welcome Josiah Javier Boy!


Happy Easter


Our Precious Baby Boy

Mother's Day

One Silly Mama on Mother’s Day


Victoria graduated from VPK…way to go Toria!


Happy 7th Birthday to my Mini Twin ❤


Happy Father’s Day


First Time on Skates


Fourth of July


Family Vacation at Siesta Key


Josiah’s 1st Time at the Beach

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Back To School!!!


JJ’s 1st Haircut


Animal Kingdom Fun


No Training Wheels!


It’s Fall Time


Our Disney Crew


Sneak Peak at the new Fantasy Land at Disney World


Happy Thanksgiving


Fun Time in Snow Bubbles


The Girls Baptism & Josiah’s Dedication


Thank God for our amazing 2012 year! We were and are blessed in so many ways and we know it all comes from our Heavenly Father, Thank You! Now as 2013 approaches quickly, my prayer for our family is to laugh longer, to always listen with compassion, to never be too busy to stop for a friend or family member, pray without ceasing, look at others through the eyes of our Father, Hug more, Love more, Give more, live selfless, encourage and compliment often, take chances because they may not come around again, and may we do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that we may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.”Then we will shine among them like stars in the sky. For my heart’s cry is to be a reflection of you, Lord. Help us to be your hands in 2013. In Jesus Name Amen!