Friday, November 26, 2010

A time of Thanksgiving

Last weekend, my friend Laurie was here for a visit.  She was only at my house for an overnight stay, but we packed a lot into that short time.  I picked her up at the airport on Saturday, and we went out to lunch.  Then, we came back to my house and spent all afternoon in the kitchen.  We made this yummy apple pie. . . Gorgeous, isn't it?  The pastry cutters for the leaves are from Williams-Sonoma.
We baked a ham for dinner and prepared roasted vegetables -- cauliflower, potatoes, Brussels sprouts and carrots.  Homemade rolls and wine completed the meal. That night, we had a fire in the fireplace, sipped eggnog and watched the movie The Holiday.  A perfect way to start the holiday season.  Dan and the kids agreed that Laurie should come and stay more often:)

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This week of Thanksgiving, I've been thinking a lot about the people in my life who really make a difference.  Some in small ways --  a neighbor who organizes the annual Thanksgiving football game in the park, the woman who has been a checker at the local grocery store for years and always has a smile, our milkman who delivers every Monday morning, no matter what.  Then there are the big heroes in my life, such as my nephew, RJ.  On Thanksgiving morning,  I was watching a segment on the Today Show, live from Afghanistan.  It brought a lump to my throat, seeing all the soldiers who were smiling and waving to their families on camera.  They sacrifice so much so that the rest of us feel safe in our homes. RJ is one of those people.  He was only eight years old when his mom, Lois, and my youngest brother, Matt, were married.  I've seen RJ and his younger brother, Jason, grow from young boys to young men, and I couldn't be prouder to have them both for my nephews.  RJ is now stationed in Afghanistan with the Colorado National Guard.  We will  miss having him home for the holidays this year. Thanks, RJ, for all that you do!
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I'm thankful this week for having my husband home.  He's actually at home, as in in town and taking the week off!  I'm grateful that he has a job that provides well for us and that he enjoys, and try not to whine too much when it takes him out of town.  But sometimes, I do. Whine, that is. 

I'm thankful that my eldest son has a new job!  A full-time job, with the all-important benefits.  He's thankful, and happy, too.  

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We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at my dad and stepmom's house.  Speaking of thankful, I am so very thankful for having Carol in our family.  She and my dad have made a wonderful life together, and Carol has made a difference in all our lives.  My children think she hung the moon.  She's always on top of their interests and all their activities, encouraging and cheering them on.  She tutored my son, Luke, in Spanish and was his sponsor for Confirmation.  We are all so blessed to have Carol in our family.

I hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving!  Today, I pulled out all the Christmas decoration boxes and will spend the rest of the weekend decking the halls. 

9 comments:

Sherri said...

What a lovely post Karen! Glad you had a nice Thanksgiving!

Paula {Salad in a Jar} said...

You still get milk delivered to your door???? That settles it. I'm moving to your neighborhood!

Happy Thanksgiving, Karen.

Claudia said...

Your list of reasons to be thankful is so lovely. And I have to say I'm a bit jealous that you have a milkman! We don't see that anymore around here. But when I was growing up we had a milkman and a milk chute built right into the side of the house!

xo
Claudia

Susanne said...

So much to be thankful for! I miss milk delivery at our door. It's no more around here. When I was a kid we used to have a bread man too.

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
WHAT A WONDERFUL, WARM POST, AND SO WELL WRITTEN. YOUR THANSGIVING SOUNDED LIKE YOU ALL ENJOYED THE DAY. HOW NICE.
I REMEMBER RJ WHEN HE WAS A LITTLE BOY, HOW TIMES FLY'S. IT MUST BE SO HARD FOR LOIS.
YOUR DINNER YOU HAD FOR LAURIE SOUNDED DELICIOUS. YOUR APPLE PIE LOOKS FANTASTIC, LOVE THE LEAVES. HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND, BRAVO JOE, ON YOUR NEW JOB. TAKE CARE.
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Becky said...

I really love it so much when families with step-additions adore those that God has brought to them. That just warms my heart. How highly you speak of your step mom .. it is lovely and gracious and loving ... likely just like her.

And thanks to your nephew RJ from us as well. We honor those that serve our country. When ever anyone talks about someone like that I cry. Like now.

What a wonderfully positive and encouraging post ... as it should be this time of year. Finding the gratefulness in life is so important.

Country Dreaming said...

Sounds like a great Thanksgiving for your family.
Ours was pleasant and calm.
Christmas comes out soon.

Melinda

Frog Hollow Farm Girl said...

Hi Karen, this post is just so very lovely - I really enjoyed reading it! We are so lucky is so many ways - its almost overwhelming at times. I loved that dinner menu you and your friend cooked up - it must have been nice sitting in the kitchen and catching up while baking that delicious looking pie! I think at 56 years old I've finally found a pie crust that works for me! Take care! Ciao, bella!

Jen said...

I loved this post. Your friend sounds like several of my out of town sweet friends that I only get to see maybe one time a year...our time together is so important to me. Miller turns 5 tomorrow....can you believe it? Crazy I know. I need to get back to blogging...it comes and goes....enjoy your decor...and I thank God for your nephew!:)