Okay, I promised Thanksgiving Day photos and blog, and again have time at the computer, so here we are:
This Thanksgiving was a bit different for me. I’m living with Mom and Dad now, so it was not the usual “bring a dish to Thanksgiving Dinner.” I was sorta hosting the whole thing. Thankfully, and I do mean that, Karla and Dannye Reigh were there. They didn’t just help – they just about ran the whole thing.
This year I was holding out for a more meaningful day than just stuffing ourselves with good food after an “Thanksgiving Day Blessing,” which is always sweet, but I wanted there to be more. I was also determined to have us all at one table, or at least all of us facing each other rather than someone behind us at the bar. So Dannye and Karla took out Mom’s round table, and we brought in two smallish folding tables, put them together to form almost a square, and butted it up to the bar. That way, no one was behind anyone else, and there was plenty of room to actually decorate the table a little!
I had bought a Thanksgiving “kit” from Family Life Today that included place cards with tidbits about the first Thanksgiving and a different thought provoking question on each one. So we all had our assigned places, and before we served dessert, we had to read our cards and answer our questions.
They were all about different things we are thankful for, and different ways God has blessed our lives. I know I was truly blessed, especially that my Daddy participated. Daddy is VERY loving, but not much on verbally expressing his emotions; but he did!
Mama has trouble expressing herself nowadays – she knows what she wants to say, but has to search for words often. She also gave her thoughts about her question. It’s sweet to hear both Dad and Mama’s heart come out in words.
One of the most important blessings we had this year was that Michael and Amy were sitting at our table. Well, Michael was sitting in the living room awaiting the nausea from his pain medication to pass, but praise the Lord he was with us.
Michael and Amy were in a very bad car accident Monday night, and it is a wonder either of them came out of it alive! A young lady – 16 years old – made a left turn right into them at an intersection. Michael’s truck is totalled – the engine came into the cab with them! All I can say is thank you for seat belts and airbags! Amy didn’t have a shoulder harness on her belt as she was sitting in the middle by Michael, so she has quite a bit more whiplash than he does. She was also sideswiped by the driver side airbag, which knocked her head sideways. And she was cut on the leg, which required a staple. It was a harrowing evening, especially traumatic for Amy as she was hurting so badly, and strapped down on the body board for hours. Oh, how I remember that from 2 years ago!! God graciously protected them from severe harm, and we are so grateful!
My precious husband had to split his time, as he does so often lately, between families. He went to his family celebration early and then made it to ours before we served our meal. I’m so grateful for a man who loves like this man does. God has been very good to me!!
Nathanael, Emily, Arulai, and Sarah went to Pensacola to spend Thanksgiving with Pamela and Will. I haven’t even seen them since they got back, but I know they had a good time. You must read Emily’s description of Arulai on the college campus – so funny!! I can’t wait to see her!
I have so much to be thankful for! It’s not an ideal situation to have to leave your family home to move in with elderly parents, but I’m so grateful that I can do this. I’m grateful that my husband wants me to care for my parents! I’m so blessed that Mama and Daddy are EASY to be with, and they enjoy my company as much as I do theirs.
I’m grateful that my eldest daughter is so capable, and keeps the homefires burning in my absence. I’m grateful that Nathanael, Emily, and Arulai are right there near Dannye so she doesn’t have to always be alone. I’m grateful for a sweet husband who packs up his little bag and moves from our house to “my” house, depending on who needs him most that day!
I’m mostly thankful for a Loving, Gracious, Heavenly Father, who leads, guides, directs, and LOVES me, even when I am so unlovely!!!
God bless your day!!