Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. ~Psalm 100:4
How was your Thanksgiving, friends? I know from reading your blogs that most of you had a marvelous time feasting and spending treasured time with family and friends. That's the way it's been for us for so many years, but not this time around.
Originally, Danny and I had planned to travel to Florida to see our son, Giovanni, and his wife, Hope, near the Hurlburt Air Force Base where he is stationed.
This, sadly, did not come about. Hope's beloved mother, who lived in the Atlanta area, passed away after a long battle with cancer; her funeral was held on the Thursday before Thanksgiving. So, yes, we got to see Gio and Hope, but not in a joyful way.
Of course, this turn of events had me missing Sarah, John, and the girls more than ever. They, too, celebrated Thanksgiving just as an immediate family. John's brother and his wife were visiting his parents who also live in North Carolina, and there simply was no room at the inn, so to speak.
When Sarah sends us these photos of their Thanksgiving Day festivities, I'm beside myself with joy at seeing everyone's happy faces. It is almost as good as having them here with us. Allow me to share their holiday with you.
The photo at the top of this post is the dining table prepared for the ensuing feast.
Here are John and Sarah with puppy, Finn.
Virginia and her mom.
Alexandra with mom.
Virginia looking so grown-up wearing a festive dress for the occasion.
Savannah holding court with her favorite stuffed animal, Rosie, that we gave her one year for Christmas. It sings "Jesus Loves Me," and it still works!
And here's the comical Alexandra wearing her mashed potatoes!
It's readily apparent that a good time was had by all. And I'm so proud of my daughter for lovingly preparing this meal for her family. If I say so myself, this girl was brought up right!
So, friends, treasure your memories of this Thanksgiving, and always and everywhere, give thanks and prayers to the Lord.