The college boys came home Tuesday night (Tuesday was for driving); Wednesday was for cooking and catching up; Thursday for feasting; Friday (tomorrow) Asher turns 17 and tree decorating; Saturday for Eagle Project work day and community service; Sunday- the boys return to loads of work and finals and the end of the semester- and the rest of us enter on into all that December holds.
I can’t squeeze my boys strong enough. They are both shouldering so much.
I have tapped out this post in the midst of this and that… trying to form a coherent thought- what feels to me- a bit unsuccessfully. I want to wake up to the grace in all the moments. I want to cup the love and life that is mine to treasure and hold. So, here you have my puttered starting and my jolting celebration- as I step forward- as I try:
Thanksgiving comes, and with it- for me, a renewed commitment to count endless gifts.
A collage of Thanksgiving photos and a few Thanksgiving prep photos:
Notes from home: we have a new oven. This caused a bit of a bobble with some of our cooking- ( a couple burnt desserts, for example) but! the sweet potato bake was absolutely the best, most mouthwatering version of itself we have ever encountered. The marshmallows were perfectly toasted, hot, and crispy! It was truly so delicious and such a surprise. We enjoyed our Thanksliving box, Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, and (for the kids) some football outside.
I want walks to always be a part of our Thanksgiving festivities- and today, the wind almost kept me in- as we are under a wind warning- and it was fierce. But, I did manage to step out for just a bit with Nathanael, and O! I am so very glad that we did. We were treated to soul-filling sky glory via the pink and gold sunset complete with a glowing crescent moon and her shining starry sidekick.
I felt a little non-committed with a couple of recipes this year- and it made me laugh to see the children rally. I wasn’t sure about the deviled eggs or the apple pie. Certain family members were highly appalled- and made sure to make those items first Wednesday morning to my surprised delight. Everybody works together, and it did get a little loud and hectic in the kitchen- but it all sorted itself out alright.
We started out preparation day with George Winston’s December playing on the speaker and the tunes changed throughout the day depending on who was at the helm (per se!)
We almost always enjoy Thanksgiving hymns on Thanksgiving from a FamilyLife CD we have and the Eden String quartet (which I love SO much).
Thanksgiving Menu 2019
Deviled Eggs (Abi and Jonah)
Ham and Pickles rollups (Abi)
Triscuits and Baby Carrots with Special Sauce to Dip (Rebecca; sauce by Todd)
Tossed Salad with Iceberg, Baby Spinach, and Red Onion (Rebecca)
Roasted Turkey (Todd)
Home-made Mashed Potatoes with a delightful onion twist to them(by Todd)
Green Beans (delicious with nutritional yeast and earth balance) (Rebecca)
Home-made Rolls (Micah- dough; A, M, N- roll making)
Broccoli Salad (Micah)
Cranberry Relish (Nathanael)
Sweet Potato Bake with toasted marshmallows (Rebecca)
Warmed Apple Cider (Todd)
Apple Pie (Joshua and Melodee)
Banana Bread with white icing (Rebecca, Melodee, Norah)
Pumpkin Roll (Abi)
Pumpkin Bar with Vanilla icing (Asher and Abi)
Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (Jonah and Aymee)
Pumpkin Pies (Asher and Joshua)
Jewish Apple Cake (Nathanael)
*I preside over all cooking and assist in all recipes if and when needed
1.safe travels and boys home from college; and I think maybe most of all, their happiness
2.to be welcomed home to steaming chili, and chips, and fresh beds, and time together
3.the big cello nestled once more next to baby cello
4.braided and bun hair fun with girlies
5.time with coffee and thoughts and ponderings in a corner I crafted (just) for me
6.turmeric! this supplement is a wonder!
7.going round the table everyone sharing a favorite (or so) song
8. the way she laughed in such a little girl giggle way at the table singing her song
9. the big boys’ surprise at the little girls singing all the words to the songs they love
10. a sunset walk with Nathanael us both bundled and that glory moon and pink streaked sky
11. photos from my family in Pennsylvania on this Thanksgiving day
12. Asher willingly playing the piano for us Thanksgiving night
13. Micah playing a bit, too the first day(s) home- a bit of summer mummer prep; a bit just for joy, too.
14. The Swan on Cello by Nathanael (Wednesday)
15. Merry (the bunny) romping on and exploring with joy
16. Everything good and delicious loaded on our plates