My younger son and his precious family arrived on Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving in the midst of falling snow and a cold, cold wind. I had not seen them for six long months and I was literally “bananas” waiting to grab my beautiful little granddaughters in my arms. I was afraid my 15 month old granddaughter would not remember me (though we’ve talked on FaceTime). I held her in my arms and she sweetly studied my face. I smiled at her and said “it’s Grandmommy!” and she gave me an enormous smile which reached those beautiful blue eyes! Needless to say, my heart melted. I knelt down to embrace three year old granddaughter and planted kisses on her cheeks and sweet little head. I kept saying “I’ve missed you so, so much!” and she said “I missed you too, Grandmommy!” Again, my heart melted!
Thanksgiving at my daughter’s home was a wonderful time with two of my children, two of my other children (my son-in-love and daughter-in-love), six out of nine of my grandchildren, Doug and his sweet 95-year-old Mom and two granddogs, Kiana & Bernie! There was a lot of laughter and a lot of really good food! My daughter had purchased a 26 pound fresh turkey from a local farmer. She brined it overnight before cooking it and the result was a moist, delicious turkey. She prepared all the wonderful side dishes and three different pies which were excellent. My daughter-in-love put together the large vegetable tray and made one of my favorites – a spinach-artichoke-garlic dip served with pita chips. Delicious! With Doug’s help, I made a cheese ball and baked dozens of different cookies the day before Thanksgiving because I knew once my little granddaughters arrived, I would just be playing! Which I did!
In the midst of all the excitement and joy of being together, I had to pause and reflect for just a moment.
I have so much to be thankful for and I truly am…