Family & Friends, Family Memories, Life Lessons, Thanksgiving, Traditions

THE FEAST

THANKSGIVING WEEK

Our Thanksgiving celebration was excellent. Although Gary and Bonnie and his boys couldn’t be with us (we have to share), we still had a houseful–nineteen hungry folks.

The Georgia Days

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Brad, Terry, Caroline, Maria, Emily, and me

This group drove most of Tuesday to be with us. They spent Wednesday helping me cook, taking care of Brad’s mother’s estate business, and shopping with a break for hamburgers with Gary and Josh at the Buffalo Grill.

Show Time

Maria and her crew helped make Thanksgiving Dinner happen from table preparation to clean up.

You may have heard my sighs of relief.

The North Little Rock Johnsons

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Seated: Randi, Erika, Graham, Gayla. Standing, Christy & Jeff, me, Erik, and Terry

This crew joined us midday. They came bearing gifts of bread pudding, compliments of Jeff; a festive white cake; and the essential bags of ice.

Yum! Yum!

The Hillcrest Days

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Spencer, Sierra, Bryan, behind me, and Betsy

Brad’s brother, Bryan, and his family swept in with Betsy’s not-your-run-of-the-mill-mashed potatoes, salad, apple cheesecake, and chocolate pie.

Smack! Smack!

The West Little Rock Rodgers

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Cathy, Terry, me & Dudley

Cathy and Dudley, arrived with amazing smoked pork tenderloin and a fancy cherry strudel pie.

Oh my! Scrumptious!

I was thrilled to receive a beautiful hostess gift Cathy created. I took one of classes. Read about it here. at the Arkansas Art Center Museum School.

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Isn’t this cashmere and silk scarf gorgeous?

Gratitude

 

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We repeated our tradition of writing expressions of thanks on leaves to adorn a little Gratitude Tree.

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Erika, Randi, & Graham, making Gran happy

Serious Eating

By the time everyone was assembled, the turkey, dressing, gravy, sweet potatoes, green beans, and two pies–apple and pumpkin–were ready. Four pans of Sister Schubert rolls were in the oven. Our kitchen island fairly groaned under the weight of everyone’s culinary masterpieces.

After a blessing, we dined like royalty, laughing and gabbing through another memorable Thanksgiving dinner.

Aftermath

Afterwards, those wonderful girls: Betsy, Gayla, and Maria cleaned up. I helped as much as they would allow, which was very little.

“Go put your feet up,” they said.

I tell you, their mothers trained them well.

Later, we spilled out onto the porch and lawn for photo ops.

When everyone headed home, Maria’s gang hit the stores again. Terry and I threw up our feet and rested.

What a wonderful day!

I wish you could have been here with us.

Wherever you spent the day, I hope you felt as blessed as I did.

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.  Ps. 136:1 ESV

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THANKSGIVING THOUGHTS


I’m grateful for
AUTUMN and APPLES
For BEES, BOOKS and BOYS
For COUSINS and CHOCOLATE
For DAUGHTERS and DOLLS
For EAGLES, EGRETS and ELEPHANTS
For FRIENDSHIP and FRENCH FRIES  
(I like those a bunch.)
Thank you for GIRLFRIENDS, 
GRANDCHILDREN and 
long-necked GIRAFFES
For my HEALTH and 
A HUSBAND who still makes me laugh.
For INDIGO nights and INKY black cats,
For JUNE bugs and JUNK sales and 
Bright-colored JACKETS.
I give thanks for KITTIES and KITES, 
For LOVE NOTES and LEISURE,
For MOONBEAMS and MUSHROOMS, 
For NEPHEWS and NIECES.
I’m grateful for ORANGES and OPTIONS, 
For PRETTY PAPER and PENS,
For QUIET early mornings and 
QUILTS to snuggle in.
For RED breasted ROBINS and 
Bandit RACOONS
For SONS and 
SONGS to SING out of tune
For TALL Christmas TREES and 
TWINKLING lights
For VINEGAR, 
VEGGIES and 
VANILLA extract
For WARM WINTER fires, 
For X-RAYS and 
ZEBRAS.
For all this and more that 
You generously give us,

I Thank You, Lord God.


Taste and see that the Lord is good; 
blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Psalm 34:8

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