This year flew by, more than one of my daughters confirmed as we were cooking together today.
Thanksgiving dinner is now in the books, and the dishes are in the dishwasher, thanks to the men of the family (it's what they do after the women cook all morning).
Maybe that is why I am thinking in list form today--the pressing feeling to get my shopping done (but don't worry, I am not a T-Day shopper).
Here's my Thanksgiving list, though, that can be broken down into three parts, kind of like in Goldilocks: Too Much. Not Enough. Just Right.
- Food. Enough said.
- Blessing. Captain Fun and I can hardly contain it.
- Fun. Everyone pitches in here, but the Captain himself owns this one, starting with the annual Thanksgiving Day football game.
- Cuteness. Hope owns this one, we all agree.
- Noise. But it is happy noise so it's all good.
- Time. Hate to be redundant, but it flies.
- Kids, believe it or not. My first born is missing, along with my first daughter in law. Love those two.
- Room. See below. I think this challenge will only get more complicated. Emma says, in fact, that they are all having ten kids so that we will have 100 grandchildren. Bring it on.
- Hot water. With twelve in the house, I could tell the hot water was iffy this morning so I skipped washing my hair.
- Towels. Washer and dryer are running constantly.
- The weather today. 64 and sunny. Thank you, Heavenly Father.
- The turkey. Our generous new neighbor, himself a father of eight, offered to smoke it. We accepted.
- Reflection. As is our tradition, each one takes a turn to say what they are thankful for. After we remember and have a good laugh at Cory's quote when he was three (candy and money), we all get pretty serious about naming gratitude. It always touches me, as this is exactly the kind of moment I pictured in my mind when I was just a girl who someday wanted a lot of kids.
- Gratitude. I was thinking about how much love is in our family. My older kids go see each other. On purpose. The younger ones squeal in delight when they come home.
Love and Gratitude- they go hand in hand. And when love and gratitude go together, they make everything just right.
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and comes down from the Father of Lights with whom there is no variableness neither shadow of turning." --James 1:17 KJV
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us!