I stayed up way too late last night finishing cleaning the house. Then up at 7 a.m. this morning. Doug's sons (& Erin) came by for breakfast, then we scurried about getting ready for the second shift. Then my parents and my brother arrived. Then my son. I made this little pilgrim boy & girl many years ago in ceramics class.
So long ago that they are signed, "cl."
table in entry-way hall
Tom, Bradley, Doug, Mother, Dad
This explains that feeling in my stomach...ham, roll, turkey, another roll, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry salad, corn, creamed spinach and sausage dressing.
(not pictured: several glasses of tea, cherry cobbler and pecan pie)
Bradley being contemplative
Chelsea - waiting while we eat
o.k., now you can get into Dad's lap
The fam has since left, I had an hour nap. We ate, we all tried to clean up the kitchen (as I write, it is still a bit messy). We looked at photos, showed everyone Chelsea's latest tricks, I helped my brother upload a facebook profile photo. We also sat before the fire for a bit. There is nothing like a wood fire to warm your bones! My sister was with her daughter's family so she called to say hello.
What am I thankful for this Thanksgiving, '09?
Money enough to pay the bills a bit left over for extras and vacation. (notice I didn't say wealth)
job with benefits and health insurance
family (missing you today, Laura!), the fact that my brother is doing a lot better and that I still have my parents, both of my children are successful
friends - old and new
roof over our heads
food in our bellies (a lot of food, today!)
a car that is paid for and still running
animals that adore me, no matter what
political and religious freedom
What are you thankful for?