November 25, 2021


We had eaten our delicious traditional meal, cleared the table and Paul had loaded the dishwasher. “I meant to take pictures,” I said.  So I drafted Charlotte and took this one!  The lovely flower arrangement was sent by Paul’s mom, Judy.  We ate at their new dining room table—initiating it—and enjoyed their extensive home renovations completed during the pandemic. We all had thankful hearts—that Heather’s knee replacement surgery on Tuesday had gone well and that, even with serious postop pain, she was able to get around using a walker. And that we were able to gather in person—unlike during the pandemic. Last year we ate outside on the deck and by Christmas, had our meal on Zoom at three separate locations. 

This was the first Thanksgiving since Paul’s dad Lewis died—and we remembered him with love. We talked with the Mississippi Connellys after our meal and just as they were sitting down to their own traditional meal. 

Charlotte and I coordinated our dinner menu—and she prepared some of her favorites—mashed potatoes, deviled eggs and pumpkin pie with whipped cream!  Paul made a delicious fresh recipe of green bean casserole.  I cooked my apple cider-basted turkey, made baked dressing and gravy, cranberry-orange relish, sweet potato biscuits and cranberry crunch pie.

Charlotte’s items all turned out perfectly, she started preparing early and seemed very relaxed.  She said cooking really made her stressed out and she might just give it up!  I don’t think so.

In 2018, the Nashville family spent Thanksgiving with the Mississippi family!  This was our token holiday portrait that weekend.  We had a great time celebrating together!

Enter his courts with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. –Psalm 100:4,5

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