Thanksgiving.

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Flooded with memories.

A time for giving.

A time to be thankful.

Yet, still so difficult.

I have been blogging for years and I don’t think once have I read an old post.  I write for relief.  I write for others.  And for some reason today my post from 2012 came across my screen   Thanksgiving Blog 2012. IMG_7720

And I kinda liked it, only because it resonated with me (that’s weird, I know…I did write it after all).

I mean, I could’ve easily written those same words today (does time every really move on?).  I feel the same missing person at our Thanksgiving table (my father for those new readers).   We were always so blessed with my parents and my in-laws visiting this Holiday week  — TWO.  2 Sets of Grandparents!!   The same day.  Visiting at a time where being thankful is the theme.  Selfish?  NO WAY.  never.  You want to give and give and give.  You want to relish in the fact you have a roof over your head, a beautiful family, and cooking is a 5 hour affair.

 

Kids cooking & in charge!

I remember very vividly the way it went.  The way it “used” to be.  Everyone had “a job”.  It could be time management, chopping, cleaning up, decorating, entertaining kids, bartender, and cooking.  There were a lot more I am probably forgetting but how great that everyone had a place!  A place to be needed.  A place that made that family “connection” just that much better.  Such great memories that were made!!!

These are the days.
These are days you’ll remember.
Never before and never since, I promise, will the whole world be warm as this.
And as you feel it, you’ll know it’s true that you are blessed and lucky.
It’s true that you are touched by something that will grow and bloom in you. ‘
10,000 Maniacs

I am still getting my head around change and moving forward.  Keeping traditions and making new ones.  Holding the memories close to your heart as new ones enter.

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Morning Turkey Trot – such a wonderful, thankful morning.

It’s tough but it’s joyful.  What a fabulous time we have had in our kitchen on Thanksgiving.  It might not be as loud, or as messy, or near as organized — but we forge onward.   We cherish those close to us even though they can’t be with us.  We celebrate what we have, and we try – we try – to get our kids to understand the meaning of Thanksgiving.

Wishing you memories of Thanksgiving past, present and future.  Love you all!!!

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Kids (and Pup!) preparing for the Turkey Trot
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