Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you all had time to spend the day with family and friends and gave thanks for all the blessings that you have. This year, some of us may be experiencing what we consider to be "hard times" but even in the midst of it we still have so much to be grateful for.
We had a great time, since my son was able to come up from Texas and spend the day with us and didn't have to return to "Hookem Horns" land until today, Black Friday!
He had a great time with his nieces and nephews, teaching them how to use a metal detector. Kept them occupied for at least a couple of hours, which is saying a lot since they all ranged in age from 5 to 11 and the attention spans vary so much at those ages!
He also got a chance to see the newest addition to the family, little Allison!
My daughter truly amazes me! I can't believe that she felt up to entertaining about 12-14 people at her home just 21 days after giving birth to a baby! I did a lot of the grocery shopping for the get-together but she did most of the preparation and cooking! I did go out to the house on Wednesday and helped her get the house ready and prepared a few dishes but the majority of it she did herself.
From a great grandmother (who still drives by the way) who came down from Oklahoma City, two grandmothers and a grandfather, a brother, a sister and two brothers in law, two rambunctious two year olds, a five year old, two 9 year olds and an eleven year old and a three week old baby who was in the midst of all this, who either slept, ate, or was quiet the entire time! What a crew!
We gathered together to say a blessing before we sat down to eat. As I listened to my son-in-law, his words really touched my heart as he gave thanks not only for the food that was there to nourish our bodies, but thanks for being able to join together in love and fellowship with our families.
I looked at the faces of those of us who have many years of living behind us now, our wrinkled faces that have seen so much history in the making over the years of our lives. Then I looked at my children who are now in the midst of raising their own families, going through similar experiences that we, the older generation, went through, even though they are different to some degree. Then I looked at the faces of my grand children, full of carefree expectations of what lies ahead for them, basically not worrying about tomorrow, only today.
I looked over at Great Grandma, knowing that she had lived during the Great Depression of the 1930's. I so wanted to go over and visit with her, to learn more about what that generation had to go through, but I couldn't disturb her; watching her holding her great granddaughter in her lap, just gazing at this child as if in total wonderment and awe of this blessed child. Little Allison who we are so fortunate to have with us after three months of Heather being on bed rest to keep her from being born too soon. She truly is a miracle child! When you see a moment like that, you realize that whatever you have to struggle to go through, it is all worth it!
So no matter what your situation is at the present time, don't look at what you don't have, look at what you do have. You have your health, your family and friends, the wonderment of a new life and the next generations to follow. Let their excitement and adventure of each new day bring you a sense of encouragement, hope and faith that we can and will overcome all obstacles. That we will see the light at the end of the tunnel before too long and then there will be a rainbow!