Feeling Oh So Thankful

This Thanksgiving was definitely one for the books! I had to work overnight at the nursing home the night before Thanksgiving, so I didn’t really know how well I would be able to function all day Thursday.  Surprisingly, I now know that I can function on 1.5 hours of sleep after being awake for 24 hours! 🙂

This year we decided to do something a little different, and go visit Pop and David in Seguin (a little over an hour away from us) and meet my cousin Cara and her family there.  It is so amazing how a little change makes such a difference!

We arrived in the afternoon around 3:30pm and just talked and gathered and shared our families with one another.  It’s so crazy how much Brielle grows in just a few months, and just seeing her love on and play with other children is such a gift and warms my heart!  Cara and I quickly attached and John (her husband) and Shane did the same, plus their kids Lena and Levi bonded with Brielle quickly too so that was fun for us all.  It’s been a few months since we have all gotten together, and when it comes to children, a few months makes a lot of differences in their growth and development! David finished up last minute baking and Cara made the most delicious salad before putting everything on the table out to eat.

When it was all time to gather and eat, Cara got everyone together to say a prayer and bless the food, and then it was time to devour the amazing food! It was SO much and so many options to choose from, that I got a little bit of everything.. but was way too full to eat any dessert(except some bites of fudge… delicious)!

Sometimes, stopping to take pictures of everything, can truly ruin the moment, but I felt like there were so many blessings happening all at once, that I didn’t want to ever forget these memories.  I am glad that I brought my camera and could practice taking pictures on different settings! 🙂

David gave gifts to us all (all the kids got slippers, so adorable!!), he gave me a pink heart pendant necklace in honor of Rochelle, and Cara got a  silver bracelet that can be engraved, and it was so cute! The gifts were so thoughtful and meaningful and I will forever cherish them. As much as David is struggling a lot right now with his cancer, he never ceases to amaze me with how selfless he is, and always has been, by always thinking of others. I will love you forever David!!

After the gifts, the pictures, and food were complete, kids played a little bit longer before all being ready to head back home for the night.  It was so fun and I wish the night could have lasted longer, but I honestly love the fact that we got spend Thanksgiving with them and who knows, it may be our little new “tradition” started!

Here are some pictures from the day!

 

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