Well, Thanksgiving 2017 is in the books and this wife, momma and nana didn’t have to cook one thing! (1st of many things I am grateful for!) Thanksgiving this year meant heading to San Antonio early to visit and have our first Thanksgiving with John’s mom. At around 2 p.m. we headed to Lauren’s house where my daughters and family were gathering. I spent the rest of the day loving on my family, and playing with my grandchildren. What did that look like? Well, that meant wrestling with Eli which I think amazed Jennifer as he would head toward me to “body slam” me and we would count “One, Two Three!” Who wins? And Eli would yell: NANA! and we would do it again and again and again. Sometimes Eli would yell his name. Wrestling is how Eli shows affection and so I always try to do that with him. I love it when he grabs my hand and looks at me and says “Wrestle, Nana”. And that boy also drug me out on the trampoline! OH MY! Thank goodness Ava came to my rescue! Then there was Camryn, who is content to play with her toys in the middle of the floor and Marshall who between Eli and Camryn was enjoying the mayhem. At the end of the day, I got to give Eli and Marshall their baths. Haven’t done that in a long time and enjoyed it immensely.
Then there was helping Ava with her Christmas piano music. Ms. Crider (my band director would be proud!). I made Ava count the beats out loud and told her it was like cheering. Everything had a beat and she needed to stay with the beat whether cheering or playing the piano. It was great to experience that with her. Music was something that I loved, and was such a big part of my life and I still remember today! Learning to sight read and count out music before playing it. It went something like this while clapping like a metronome: Rest, two, three, four and one, two, three, four, REST, two three, four……
Lauren did a great job of hosting. I was so proud of her for taking this on. She decorated the table and Jenn and Keith brought scrumptious side dishes, and I brought one of our family faves “Sister Schubert dinner rolls” and a Pumpkin Spice bundt cake from “Nothing bundt cakes” (remember, I didn’t cook!).
I stayed to help Lauren clean up and put food away and we made the trek home and as I laid my head down at 1 a.m. tired, full and fulfilled……it was the best Thanksgiving in a long time…..and I know Elizabeth, Fischer, Ben and Hayes were smiling that through it all we understood the importance of family, thankfulness and gratitude. It’s been so incredibly hard. But my family is such a testament to grace. God’s grace. And for that I am so thankful.
It truly is all about gratitude. As I was reminded earlier this week, the 10th commandment from God is about covetousness. It is a commandment for the heart. It is more than not wanting your neighbor’s things as we were taught as children. It is God’s commandment for us, our hearts, the essence of who he created us to be…..to be grateful in all things, all situations and for all things that he has provided for us. The most important, the sacrifice of his Son Jesus. So when gratefulness is hard. I would recommend starting with that truth. It truly is about our hearts. And I continue to learn at the feet of the Master about what that means. Today was affirmation and I am so very grateful. Thank you Lord.
Here are some pics at the end of the day. We didn’t get a picture of us all together, but here are a few of me and the three littles as they were leaving and going to bed……
Let me close with I understand holidays are difficult for so many of us, that even though you are in a hard and difficult place this year, my hope is that you are able to find gratitude in the little things…..because those little things collectively are what makes the big things so amazing. It is from a grateful heart that God does his best work and life becomes so very special. As I have said before, there is beauty in the mess even when we don’t see or understand.