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Thankful Thursday ~ Laughter

It's Thankful Thursday and Laurie of Women Taking a Stand is our host for this month.

Today I'm especially thankful for ...friends and laughter. 

I attended a bridal shower for my friend Julie's daughter Jessica.  There's something so exciting about love and marriage.  Jessica and Andrew will be married September 25th, 2010.

Pictured above is my friend Julie, Jessica (the bride), her sister Hope who will be a bridesmaid and her sister Natalie who is the maid of honor.  Don't you just love their smiles? 

And did I mention that I taught Hope in the children's program of Bible Study Fellowship when she was only four years old?  My, how fast time goes by!

Georgann opened up her house for this special occasion.  She was my teaching leader in Bible Study Fellowship for many years.  And she's the best hostess. She has the gift of hospitality, that's for sure.

Check out the salad Georgann served.  There's a restaurant in Scottsdale, AZ called Cowboy Ciao.  Their chopped salad is a specialty and Georgann got the recipe.  This salad has smoked salmon, couscous, arugula, sweet corn, Asiago cheese and is served with an Aioli dressing.  Trust me, it's awesome!

And I even found the recipe online on the AZ Republic site.

Her table setting is always so perfect too.  She even had name tags so we wouldn't fight over where we sat.  Did I really write that?  Only kidding. 

My friends were all smiles as we sat down to eat.  There's Jessica on the right at the head of the table.  She didn't know what she was in for.  Us older gals gave her some marriage advice.

Georgann passed around a basket of kitchen utensils.  Each of us stuck our hand in the basket and had to explain to Jessica what it was and how it was used.  I never knew there were so many kitchen gadgets. Many of us had no clue.  So we made it up which got us all laughing again.

Did you know there's a gadget to separate pie slices so the inside filling doesn't spill over to the next slice?  There were also special tiny tongs to core a strawberry.  I always use a little knife to do that. Go figure...

Opening gifts is always such a fun time at bridal showers.  I loved the expressions of joy on Jessica's face.

There was plenty of laughter too.

I can't remember if Millie was giving Jessica advice or what.  But I think she was blushing.  LOL.

LA and Marlene always have some spicy advice to share too.  Are you winking at me Marlene?

Did I tell you we love to laugh?

What a fun time!

I'm so thankful for friends and ...laughter!

Ecclesiastes 3:4 (NIV) says:

"...a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance."

This was definitely a ...time to laugh.
Blessings and love,

Debbie Petras
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  1. Moments of love and laughter (with pictures) is definitely something to be thankful for. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  2. This looks like such a fun day Deb. There is nothing like "young love" huh? The joy and anticipation of the young bride...her smile says it all. Have a good day. HUGS, Debbie

  3. I love showers!!! Baby showers, wedding showers, rain showers, taking a shower. LOL
    So glad you girls had fun and shared laughter. Blessings to you and your beautiful friends.

  4. Looks like you had so much fun :) Thanks for sharing what you're thankful for!

  5. Debbie, you and your friends know how to throw a party. One of the great joys in life--celebrating with friends and family.

    Tabouli is one of my favorite dishes and the recipe looks similar with the coucous--of course, I would have never thought to add the salmon--must try this recipe.

    I went to Phoenix many, many years ago and loved it--the Camelback mountains (I think I am remembering correctly) were incredibly beautiful to me--just loved the whole atmosphere--if I ever do get out that way again, I would love to meet you in person.

    I went to Santa Fe this summer but that is as far west as I've gotten in many years.

    And the same goes for you, if you come towards Arkansas, be sure and let me know--we have a couple of extra bedrooms. You are welcome anytime.


  6. Debbie:

    What a beautiful party! I LOVE to laugh too, as you know. This was a special day for you, so glad you were able to be with good firends for such a wonderful occasion.

    I am going to go over and copy that recipe, my mouth is already watering!!

    Hugs sis!


  7. How much fun!!! And all the laughter...oh how that restores the spirit and soul.
    Glad you had such a great time and what a wonderful thankful event!!!

  8. Friends, laughter, and sharing good times...what could be better? I am so glad you got to enjoy this....

  9. Sounds like a fabulous time!! Oh, btw...I have one of those tiny tongs for strawberries! lol

    Thanks for sharing your joy!

    Living for Him, Joan

  10. Laughter + Friends! What a great combination!

    <3 Have a great evening Debbie!


  11. You all look like you had a grand time. It's so much fun when you can laugh with girlfriends.

    What a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing and all the great pictures.


  12. You all look like you had a grand time. It's so much fun when you can laugh with girlfriends.

    What a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing and all the great pictures.


  13. Such lovely smiles! Really looks like a wonderful afternoon:)

  14. I love bridal showers and this
    one seems to have been so much
    fun. The bride-to-be is lovely
    as is her family. I want to
    try this wonderful recipe.
    Thanks for sharing your good
    time with us.

  15. Great pictures! What a fun time! I could almost hear the laughter. The salad looks amazing. Thanks for sharing. Blessings.

  16. that looks like such fun! you're right,
    those are lovely smiles.

    the salad must be delicious! thanks
    for the recipe!

    laugh on!

  17. Lovely lovely pictures and post!

    Laughter is contagious, I found myself smiling all the way through this post!

    Enjoyed being here so much!

    I'm still smiling...


  18. Just seeing the faces of these women tells me this was one great bridal shower! Good friends, good advice, good food and lots of laughter - what a wonderful way to give God glory! Thank you for sharing the joy with us, Debbie!

  19. That salad looks fabulous. I'll check out the recipe site.

  20. Laughter is so great for the heart and soul.

  21. Jesus always makes me laugh! Great post and pictures!


  22. Laughing with friends is truly moments to be treasured! Thank you for sharing your grateful heart with us this week Debbie! -blessings.

  23. The food looks amazing. It's great to get with the gals. (I miss it, living in Norway.)


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