Family – A New Awareness

This past Thanksgiving we had 30 relatives over to our house for Thanksgiving dinner. The preparations were complicated by rain on Thanksgiving Day, but we all managed to fit into our 1600 sq. ft. home without too much difficulty. John brought in the picnic table and a glass table from the patio and placed those in the family room. We purchased a portable 6 foot long table and put that one in the living room. We used the table in the dining room for the food. There was so much food we had to place some of it in the kitchen on the stove and counters. John took the photo below because we were all so busy trying to get all the food on the table.

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This was a pretty traditional menu – roasted turkey, sage stuffing, rice stuffing, Sicilian dressing, cider baked ham, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, corn casserole, green bean casserole, 7 layer salad, broccoli with garlic butter, sushi with scallops, Asian salad, green salad with cranberries and candied walnuts, deviled eggs, black olives, gravy, cranberry sauce, dinner rolls, pumpkin pie, chocolate cream pie and peach pie.

We were all so full after we were finished. The kids played outside in the mud after the rain stopped. They were muddy and happy!

We measured all the kids in the hallway, except for the baby, so that next year we can see how much they all have grown!

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This is family. This is love. For all this, I am thankful. I’m thankful for my family.

Yesterday I read in the news about a young man that was shot in the parking lot nearby during the early morning hours of Black Friday shopping. He was with his family when it happened. His family grabbed and held one of the assailants until the police arrived. That’s family! Family that’s got your back.

Our family will be growing next year with our son getting married.

This year we had our daughter’s in-laws, and our daughter-in-law’s parents. It made this Thanksgiving that much more special. How did I get so blessed?

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