Autumn was so beautiful this year, full of color and sunshine and pleasant temperatures. Oh, there were many challenges along the way, but also many blessings and we looked forward to gathering with our dear ones to celebrate those and to offer thanks to the Giver of all good things!
We all chatted and made our lists of foods to prepare (although little varies from year to year). House projects were wrapped up. We cleaned and made beds and cooked and made pies. We selected dishes, planned our tables, made place cards, and ironed napkins.
Ryan and family arrived a little before noon on Thanksgiving Day, with plans to stay until Tuesday! Hooray!
Kristin and her family arrived a little after that and the festivities began!
Our "servants" this year were Kristin, Bekah, and Eve. (Maddie is usually a "servant" but she was on crutches due to an ankle injury.) Brian also jumped in to help when we needed to speed things up a bit. Our servants bring each dish in from the kitchen and pass it around the table, helping the youngers when needed. I love this tradition. It beats a long buffet line, and it is better than making space for all of those dishes on the table. God bless the servants!
Coffee and dessert were served in the new sunroom this year!
|Those little toes. 😊|
|Little girls eating dessert. 😊|
After Paul opened his birthday presents, we all settled in to watch an old home movie that Ron and his brothers and a sister created thirty-some years ago! Some of the cousins (now in their 40's and 50's) were in it too. It was a comedy, originally created as a gag gift for a Christmas party, but it had been added to several times. It was time for the younger generation to watch it!
But then . . .
Later in the evening, Mom called and she was sick and getting sicker. She declined my offer to take her to an urgent care facility or the ER on Thanksgiving night.
On Friday, my sister and I convinced Mom to let me take her to a walk-in clinic. Can you guess what happened? We spent h o u r s there . . . along with a gazillion other people who were sick. (Don't get sick on a holiday weekend!)
Mom was given medication and sent back home to recover. I arrived back at home in time to celebrate Peter's twelfth birthday with some gifts and cupcakes (and leftover pie because that's what happens when your birthday is near Thanksgiving).
|We sang to both birthday boys, |
because we forgot to sing to Paul on his Thanksgiving Day birthday.
On Saturday, one of Ryan's children woke with a high fever . . . and then people started dropping like flies! Within twelve hours, seven people (out of eleven) in the house were sick. 😱
And thus began day after day of
- get up
- eat breakfast
- lie around
- eat lunch
- lie around
- eat dinner
- lie around and watch a Christmas movie
- go to bed
Our visitors (at least the drivers) felt well enough to travel back home on Thursday, although the fevers returned and they crashed for a few more days after they got home. This virus was a doozy!
As we drove home from the walk-in clinic on the day after Thanksgiving, Mom was apologizing to me for taking up my time when I had family visiting and there were plans to celebrate a birthday boy. (That's a "mom" thing, isn't it?) But I assured her that, although it was certainly nothing that either of us would choose, it was apparently part of our assignment for the day.
We talked about how quickly life passes . . .
and how a single day is such a small fraction of a life . . .
and how our one very short life is such a small fraction of the thousands of years that people have lived on earth . . .
and how all of time is just a "blip" compared to eternity!
is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.
His plans are preparing us for eternity!
Sooo . . .
HAPPY THANKSGIVING in my typical "a day late and a dollar short" way!
And . . .
MERRY CHRISTMAS as you celebrate this month. I hope to check in with you before it's all over, but no promises!
Now I'm off to finish decking the halls!