Welcome to our home! We are linking up to Linny's over at A Place Called Simplicity to share how we spend our Thanksgiving.
Usually we are home, with our children, in-loves, and grandchildren coming every other year. We have turkey with all the trimmings, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, plus a family specialty ~~Lime Pear Salad which is not really a salad at all, but has cream cheese, whipping cream, lime jello, pears, and pecans for ingredients! We enjoy another family staple, lefse ~~a Norwegian potato flatbread, plus pumpkin, apple, pecan, and chocolate pies. We set two tables to make it possible for 20 of us to gather. We pray together, eat together, laugh together, and of course add in a little football on TV and games for everything to play. There is an annual family touch football game outside too. We also celebrate Christmas the day after Thanksgiving the years the family is home, so it is a double holiday for us.
We love Thanksgiving for many reasons....less pressure than Christmas.....focus on giving thanks.....and now as empty nesters it is the only actual holiday our children are here for. But this is not their year to be home, so normally we would be here as a twosome.......and yet this year things have changed! We will not be here for Thanksgiving, as we are traveling two hours north to Minnesota to spend it with some of my family. This includes my sister, Jo who helped raised me.. She suffered a mild stroke just 12 days ago and is already home, so we are giving thanks!
Sisters Jo and Jan
Cribbage, and cards games here with the older grandkids
Our hearts are filled with so much joy this year because of how things have changed for us in past 18 months. My health has improved to the point that for the first time in 10 years we are able to go together to church, to the store, to visit our children and their families in their homes, to family gatherings, and even to a conference on healing in CT which turned into a vacation traveling over 3,000 miles into 10 states. ( I wrote all about it here)
We have so much to be thankful for. And today I am giving thanks for Linny and all of you friends who visit our cyber homes. God bless you!