It was peaceful.
It was lovely.
It was homey.
The food was more delicious.
It was full of gratitude.
It was one of the best I ever remember.
If I had to sum it all into ONE word I guess it would have to be Magical.
All that was missing were our four far-from-home kids. *insert real tears here*
Our missionary in Peru, John, practically forgot it was Thanksgiving due to being so 'lost' in his work for the Lord.....he says he had rice and beans.....again, but that he'll make up for it next year when he's (barely) home again. :)
I'm pretty sure our daughter Devin, who is still in the Missionary Training Center in Utah (for just another week and a half) got fed some turkey.
We also very much miss the other two (and their families) who live out of state and couldn't be with us. We pray that they had a wonderful dinner and day as well. We often think of ALL of our kids, but something about the holidays makes me miss them more and think of them even more often and fondly as I recall past holidays and the special and fun times that we've shared.
Holidays are family time.
I can't help but wonder if the extra special Thanksgiving was due to having two missionaries out right now. If so, much thanks to them for making our Thanksgiving extra special!
I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving too!
Every Thanksgiving morning starts with the men and boys playing football.
They come home muddy, hungry and happy!
After football they all head over to Gables' property to
unbury the treasures they hid deep into the ground the night before.
What could it be?
Suspenseful, isn't it?
Ohhh, it's smokey.
There are several, and I do mean SEVERAL turkey, beef and pork roasts that have been cooking all night, wrapped in butcher paper and foil.
(Cowboy and the boys do this every year and this is actually the first time I've seen it.
It's about time I sent a camera off with one of the kids!)
Meanwhile, back at the ranch.............
OTHER meal preparations are taking place.
We only use the china once a year. I know. But dishes are such a pain.
Setting the table the night before sure saved a lot of stress.
A special placard for each guest.