I have many things to be thankful for again this week. God is soo good to me. Here are just a few.
1. My grandson JD's surgery on Mon. was a complete sucess and he is recovering nicely. Though my daughter- in-law Larissa says JD doesn't seem to know quite what sitting quietly means, haha. Oh to be 3 again and have more energy than you know what to do with.
2. I have just about completed "decking the halls" over here. May seem like a silly thing to be thankful for but I have soo much it is quite the chore. May cut back next year. My wonderful daughter-in-law Leah helped me, or it wouldn't be almost done. so many thanks to her too. I will be posting some pics soon of the fun and pretty little things I have been collecting for the last 35 years!!
3. I managed "somehow" to only gain .4 over the LONG Thanksgiving week-end of eating. Maybe I have changed more of my eating habits than I thought. But according to my scale this morning it is back off and another pound as well so I am back on my way....44 pounds and counting, haha!!! I am soo grateful also to the Lord for changing my attitude back to wanting to continue on the diet as I was close to throwing in the towel for the "holiday season" which would have been a HUGE (literally) mistake. But after MUCH prayer, my attitude is adjusted again. I am also grateful to my Jenny Craig consultant who is such a nice woman and a tremendous help to me.
4. I am soo glad my daughter AND her husband Mike this time were able to be here for 5 whole days!! Dairy farmers work 7 days a week, so any time off he gets is really a bonus and a blessing. I am also happy to report that they seem to be as happy together (or maybe even better if that is possible) as they were during their engagement year. I hadn't seen them "together" in almost a year and I like to see things like that.
I am missing her again as usual, but I am VERY GRATEFUL she will be here for a few days before Christmas as she won't be spending Christmas in California. This will be hard for me I am not going to lie, as it will be the first time EVER ANY of my kids have not spent the holiday with me. But, the Lord is every faithful and I am counting on Him to see me through.
5. Thanksgiving was WONDERFUL...We almost ran out of food, but we made it, haha. We ate an entire 23 pound turkey and 10 pounds of potatoes and had very little left over of the rest of it. But it was all good. Everyone had a really good time. The ladies all had such a good time with the aprons. In the pic I am posting, my stepsister Barb was missing as she had to leave right after dinner as her son had to work, and my daughter in law Leah as she was busy cooking at her own house, and I also made one for Kristi who has made soo many wonderful treats for me over this last year. You can find her blog for goodies HERE. And I made one for my wonderful cleaning woman Nina who has worked soo faithfully for me for the last 20 years.
From left to right they are my daughter-in-law Larissa, my sister Danae, her daughter Jessie (Mel's best friend), Me, my mother who looks WONDERFUL for 77, my Melly, my niece Michelle who also looks wonderful especially considering she just had a baby 1 week ago, my sister Diane, and my step sister Pat....I LOVE all these ladies soo much!!
Kristi, the most wonderful baker you can find, in her apron...Thanks for all your hard work for me this last year!!
Mike and Mel....she hates this pic., but I think it is darling so sorry Mel...lol
Priscilla's first Thanksgiving...how precious is this?
All the young adults...
All the "older" adults. Not sure what my mom was doing, haha I was holding Priscilla.. = )
The kids...they were soo good
Mel & Jess peeling potatoes. Mel makes these every year. I didn't have any as I was "trying" to be good, but heard they were as yummy as ever. And considering 10 pounds were completely gone, guess they were, lol. They were soo cute in their aprons.
I also made a little slide show of the day if you have time it has more pictures of the tables and some fun times afterwards... ENJOY
I felt I had to add this after Kristi's comments. No, I did not have to make myself an apron as I recieved a BEAUTIFUL one from my friend Sue's (Where Memories are Made) mother. It was soo nice with hand stiching and all. I am quite certain I was wearing the best one!
Psalm 95:2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.
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