Before I share some glimpses of our Thanksgiving Day, I thought I'd start out with a few reality shots. Because you have to have a mess before you can have the beautiful. Right?
The Day Before Thanksgiving:
By Thursday morning, any food that could be done ahead had been prepared, the furniture had been moved, and all three tables had been set. Thanksgiving Day is one of my favorite days of the year, and I was thrilled to be sharing it with sixteen loved ones!
We set the kids's table this year with a turkey theme. Primitive Tom was the centerpiece, and we used some paper napkins with a turkey motif.
Eight of the adults sat at this table. Bekah designed the centerpiece of gourds and other natural elements, and we used our Friendly Village dishes and my Aunt Lynn's crystal.
The remaining adults were our "servants" and had their own table. Every year, Kati, Kristin, and Brian serve. They take and fill drink orders, and they take the food to the tables, filling kids' plates and waiting while adults circulate the dishes. It is a wonderful way to serve a crowd...no long buffet lines, no pandemonium while many people go back and forth in a tight space. Our servants have also taken it upon themselves to clear the tables, put away food, and wash the dishes. Then they serve the dessert. They are working on their greatness! ("But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant." Matthew 23:11)
Peeks at our day...
We mingled. We nibbled. We chatted. We sang "For the Beauty of the Earth." We offered thanks to our Lord.
We ate. Turkey, gravy, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, corn pudding, roasted Brussels sprouts, cole slaw, cranberry sauce, orange gelatin salad, pickles, olives, sweet potato biscuits, rolls. And then pecan pie, pumpkin pie, chocolate pie, apple pie, and whipped cream. (What did I cook? Turkey and Brussels sprouts. And I made a cheese ball. That's how easy it is when everyone else likes to cook too!)
Our blessings are numerous! In everything, we give Him thanks!
Blessed be the Lord who daily loads us with benefits, the God of our salvation.