Monday, December 1, 2014


We had so much to be thankful for this year.

We had a house full of people we love.  My mom wanted to get a picture with everyone together so we did that.  This is only a PART of the people who filled our house on Thanksgiving Day.  It was definitely a full house.

It was loud and crazy and joyful and I feel like every person there represents a blessing in my life.

My mom was able to be there.  Just a few weeks ago, we were standing beside her hospital bed while the doctor was telling us she might not be able to come off a ventilator after surgery since her lungs were so weak.  We were gathering her jewelry and rings and signing a DNR and standing over her praying and watching my Dad cry.  We didn't know if watching her being rolled away for surgery might be the last time we would see her awake and alert ever again.  But we had so many people praying for her.  Even several of her doctors prayed over her.  And look at her now!

We are so thankful.  God answered our prayers and she has fully recovered.  Now we just need to pack some pounds back on her.  We tried to fatten her up with lots of turkey and dressing on Thanksgiving Day!

All my sweet kids were in town.  I love them all so much.  It is so much fun having everyone home!

And we had so much food.  Everyone brings something and I couldn't even fit it all on my counter top.  What???  I know so many people around the world are hungry and we have so much.  It's humbling to me.

We did lots of the fun things I love to do at holiday time.

We watched lots of football.  We also watched Christmas movies and had a fire in the fireplace and drank hot chocolate and played games.

My girls and I were talking about what our favorite things about Christmas are.  For me, it's just the simple things like movies and hot chocolate or looking at Christmas lights or getting together with friends.  All those things are even better than Christmas morning!  What are your favorite things?

Steve's mom's 75th birthday was the day after Thanksgiving.  We are so thankful for her!  She is fun and bubbly and creative.  She is a wonderful cook and she has a beautiful yard with all kinds of birdhouses and flowers.  She is creative and can do anything from sewing to knitting to painting.  She is a nurturer and she is a wonderful mother and grandmother who always makes time for her family.  Through the years, she has done so many fun things with my kids and all her grandchildren.  She values family and is intentional about thinking of ways she can invest time in the lives of the people she loves.  So many times I have come over to her house and she was making a meal to take to someone who was sick or had just had a baby.  She visits the hospital and for many years at Christmastime, she would make baskets to deliver to the hospital waiting rooms and to all her friends.  Just this year she prepared close to twenty pecan pies to deliver to the homeless at Thanksgiving.  She truly has a servant heart and we are so blessed to have her in our lives!

We celebrated by going out to dinner with the whole family.

Afterwards, we invited some of her friends over to her house for cake and ice cream.  She has some wonderful life-long friends who she loves so much.  They have done so much together through the years and walked along side each other through all of life's ups and downs.  They are there for each other and that is one of the best blessings you can have!

We had such a wonderful few days.  Unfortunately, yesterday Lindy and Mark both came down with the flu--so we are now all just trying to stay well and healthy.  Mark has to drive back to Washington today because he has to be in class tomorrow.  I feel so bad for him having to make that trip with a fever and aches.  And Laura is flying back to Boston tonight so she has been washing her hands and staying as far away from Mark and Lindy as possible.  Looks like we will just be staying home and eating chicken noodle soup and watching more football for the next day or so here.

I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

1 comment:

  1. I love your posts the warm family feel and how much you appreciate life! Your kids are beautiful! how fun to have them all together! Looks like a great thanksgiving! Merry Christmas:)


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