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