I originally planned to write a blog post yesterday but coming off of a very busy week proved too much. All I could think of was taking a long nap but for a very good reason. I was beyond exhausted.
We had all of our family together at Thanksgiving for the first time in over twenty years. Only the new bride was missing as she celebrated her first Thanksgiving with her husband's family. She was forgiven.
We all agreed that this was a very special time together as we celebrated the Holiday and tried to get in as much one-on-one time to enjoy being in the same zip code for awhile. Our son was host to the Thanksgiving festivities as well as the host for our daughter's family to stay there.
I worked for a few days to make certain our Thanksgiving favorites for sides were at the table. My daughter-in-law roasted a turkey and made the mashed potatoes while my son cooked turkey legs in the smoker. My daughter put together a beautiful charcuterie board and my daughter-in-law's mom brought the dishes we love that she cooks. I'm not certain who made the other desserts.
Our kids and the cousins were free to go out without us numerous times as we needed a lot more periods of rest than they did. However, Friday evening all the adults went to a favorite restaurant here in town where the food is amazing. Being a family who loves to cook, we also enjoy figuring out how various dishes are made.
My daughter and I enjoyed some mom-daughter time looking through a favorite store that sells primitive items and the antique mall. She is working on an interior design project and hoped to find a few things to use in that building. We had lunch together at the pizza place we went to from the time she was a little girl. How fast time has gone by since those days.
Honestly, my husband and I ate more last week than we usually do in two weeks. It was indeed a week of feasting as memories were being made. Our children were born twelve years apart and it is a delight... and a gift from God... to see how they all enjoy being together as adults. Even the older grandchildren and the "littles" enjoy each other. We are blessed.
None of us know what the future holds in these uncertain times and the reality of this Thanksgiving holiday being over twenty years in the making... it is a reminder that time does go by quickly. It wasn't easy for this little family reunion to come together, especially for those who had to travel a long distance. But we will all agree it was worth it now that they are back home safe and sound.
I hope you all had a good Thanksgiving. Whether in a good year or a not-so-good year (and we have experienced both), there is much to thank God for on the Holiday and all year long. I try to make a habit of thanking Him even for the simplest things we take for granted.
I will be back on Saturday, God willing and the creek don't rise... and I don't overdue with lots of cooking again soon.
Image: Afternoon Tea by Tracy Hall
How wonderful that you all gathered together and that you had some quality time with your daughter. Have a good, restful week.
It’s so wonderful that you got that precious time with your family. You are right…there is so much uncertainty in the world, but times like these with your family help you to appreciate it all the more.
Oh, how wonderful that you all could be back together again! I'm sure everyone will remember that week. And also nice that they felt it was ok to do things without mom and dad. Special daughter and mom time is precious too.
Now you can take your time to get ready for the hibernating of the Christmas season and Winter.
So happy for you that you could have your family
together. Such a blessing. Get plenty of rest now
as you plan and prepare for the Christmas season.
Blessings, Sharon D.
I wondered where you were--glad to know it was festive busyness and not illness that delayed your usual posts!
So glad you got to share the time with your loves. Any time we get to spend with our grown children and grandchildren is a blessing. Glad you have you back posting again.
That's the best part of holidays-all the family getting together again. Happy Thanksgiving.
Lovely to hear from you again, and so happy for you to have those precious memories of family time to cherish in the days to come! And I just have to say ... there are some artist's pictures you sometimes wish you could climb right into, and the one you shared on this post is certainly that way for me! The essence of peaceful homey coziness is perfectly captured! Have a blessed Advent season!
P.S. I hope you do a "bookish" post again soon! In anticipation of that, I wanted to share that I just finished "Christmas with Anne" (L.M. Montgomery) that was a gift from my daughter last year, and it is delightful! Also, the many sweet Christmas-themed stories by Melody Carlson are favorite reading this time of year, and I think a re-reading of "The Substitute Guest" by G.L.Hill is due ... so much Christmassy reading, yet so little time! (-:
What a Wonderful Thanksgiving week you had with all your family!! What a Blessing! Lots of memories to treasure, I’m sure! So Happy for you!
It's New Years Day when I'm reading this. I liked seeing you use "Littles" for your younger grandchildren, just like we do. There are 18 years between the oldest and youngest grands.
Our oldest son and his family come visit every summer and it is wonderful to have the entire family together for several days. Maybe this summer we can include the rest of the extended family, in a larger venue.
Happy New Year
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