My family is everything. I didn’t realize it. We stood in a circle holding hands and I lead the traditional Catholic prayer of “Bless us oh Lord for these thy gifts…” and then added my own thanks for my family. The words stuck and tears welled. I was more thankful than I realized.
The food would have gotten cold had everyone given their own personal thanks, so we dug in! It is obvious number one on everyone’s list is they are thankful for each other.
I also didn’t realize how much food I had fixed. After cooking for days, there was enough to feed an army rather than the expected twenty-two. The girls each brought a dish in addition to what was already there. When all was said and done we feasted on a vegetable tray, which was gone long before the meal was served, turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn casserole, corn, broccoli rice casserole, sweet potatoes, strawberry pretzel salad, fruit salad, home made rolls, and apple bread. Insane!
In addition to being thankful for my family, I was thankful that I have a big kitchen. The kitchen table, card table, 6 ft. folding table, and the little table in the breakfast nook fit is all into one room.
Several glasses of wine and full bellies later, the after dinner lethargy took over. Stuffed doesn’t begin to describe it. Shame on us!
Time out for play. Here is Greg trying to explain a video game to Reagan. The rest of the grandkids headed downstairs to play pool and air hockey. Everyone pitched in cleaning up the mess left behind, in preparation for dessert.
Time for pie! Apple, cherry, two pumpkin, pecan along with whipped cream and ice cream.
Lessons learned. Don’t bother with the salads when there is so much other good food to eat. Three pies is enough. Let someone else lead the prayer cuz I’m tired of everyone seeing me cry.Yes, we have much to be thankful for.