We invited some folks from church who don't have family around. We ended up with a very eclectic mix of people, with all kinds of different life experiences. Unfortunately, due to some unexpected things coming up for them, many had to cancel. It ended up being a quiet day, and that is also nice.
My neighbor told me last week that he had ordered their Thanksgiving dinner from the club house. You better believe I jumped at the chance to remove the cooking stress from my list. The next door neighbor was even kind enough to actually go and pick up our food and bring it to us! I only made Brussels sprouts as a side dish! I barley had to lift a finger! Awesome! The bad news, despite my telling them I had a nut allergy, some of the veggies came with walnuts on top as a garnish. Del immediately took that dish out, and threw it away. While it was obvious they were there, and I did not eat them, the wrapping of the food must have been done by the nut toucher, because after opening all the food tins and containers, I was an itchy mess! There must have been some cross contamination with the oils. I had to go upstairs and wash all my makeup off, and scrub myself down. I was okay after that. Thank goodness!
We went with the ever popular chalk board theme, and our chargers were mini chalk boards at dinner.
Individual cranberry sauce servers.
Green, white and calm. Oh, and some black and white check always adds warmth.
No pictures with Del. Poor guy.
I am so full of gratitude for these growing people, and Del. I am also so grateful for our healthy bodies, and the ability we have to accomplish what needs to be done day to day, without much thought as to how we will manage physically.
I have such supportive and exemplary in laws and extended family. My Grandma Clark is about to start treatment for her newly diagnosed stage 3B breast cancer. I am so thankful for her in my life! She is amazing. There is no other word for her!
It has been a good, but challenging year for us! We have learned a lot, and we have become mindful of all the blessings that could easily go overlooked when in the middle of a struggle. Even when it seems the hits just keep coming, we realize that we are being sustained in an amazing and miraculous way, that is impossible to explain!
I am so thankful for employment, and the peace and ease it brings to life to be provided for. So many don't have that security right now, and I am grateful for the work we have.
I have learned a lot this year about patience and moving forward, even when things seem unfair. I am thankful for that perspective. I hope I have learned something this year about gratitude and faith.
Now we need to get busy preparing for our upcoming venture West to see our family members. We are also learning to be thankful for moments of happiness and health with those we love, and don't live near. It is time to go take advantage!