I know Thanksgiving has passed, but now that I’ve had some time to reflect, I’d like to share some important things that happened and for which I am truly thankful.
As most of you know, for the past six months or so I have been living with Cervical Dystonia. What that means is that doing simple tasks is no longer simple. Pain, frustration, and a soft neck brace are now my daily companions. So, as you may imagine, the thought of cooking a Thanksgiving feast was a bit daunting. The past few years my sister has been doing most of the cooking with everyone else bringing a dish or two. This year, however, she was blessed with the opportunity to spend Thanksgiving in Hawaii with her son. So, Thanksgiving at my house was on this year.
Praise Jesus, I had some help! My sweet daughter brought several dishes, two of which were family traditions that I handed over to her. My son and husband were big helps as well. I feel I should stop here and explain that my idea of a Thanksgiving feast includes appetizers, a plethora of desserts, and a drink station to rival Buccee’s (that’s Texas for 7-eleven on steroids). Just for fun, this was our menu plan:
Oh! We added deviled eggs which I boiled, two of my grands peeled, and Shauna deviled once she got to the house Thanksgiving day. I also added Pumpkin Bread to the dessert list and the cocoa was homemade from scratch, as was everything, actually. So, what happened that made me so thankful besides the availability of all this amazing food?!
Aside from all the help of my awesome family (my grand-girls Leah and Karlyn were especially helpful), I was able to do all that I did! Two days of shopping and three days in the kitchen – cooking, baking, cleaning, and prepping. I wasn’t sure that everything on the menu would make it to the table, but it did and then some! We fed eleven people at a beautifully set table and the food was amazing! In addition to all of that, we also had a thankful tree that my grands crafted and hung by the front door. Beside that was a basket of leaves, pens, and tape so everyone could fill out a leaf with what they were thankful for and hang it on the tree. I think we filled it up pretty good. 😊
I am amazed at God’s goodness! At one point during our planning and doing, my daughter, Shauna, said to me, “Do what makes you happy! If it’s more stressful than happy, just step back from it and breathe instead. We’re gonna love you either way, it’s going to be a great day!” How sweet is that?! And, she was right. That’s exactly what I did and it all came together . . . beautifully! In spite of missing some significant loved-ones, it was a fantastic day! Great food, lots of love and laughter, and much thankfulness!
And today I rest! I’m not gonna lie, I’m a little wiped and my neck muscles are a little more unhappy than usual. All-in-all though, I feel extremely thankful, grateful, and blessed! Bring on Christmas!!