Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and we are heading to my mom's in Pittsburgh to celebrate with family and eat ourselves silly. I am thankful to be home after so many years of living too far to come home for holidays. Thanksgiving for three (and one too small to make much of a dent, if any, in the bounty spread atop the table) was always rather sad. Occasionally we'd be blessed to celebrate with friends, but there's always an ache in the heart to be with those you're missing so many miles away.
Mom won't be home for Christmas this year, she's heading to Florida for the winter as soon as she can hightail it out of here. She had hoped to be gone before Thanksgiving actually, but cataract surgery postponed her travel plans. Now she just wants to make her break before the snow begins to fly. Godspeed. I know she's missing her friends.
We'll have Ashlee and Kyle home for Christmas, you can't buy a better present than that. I know Bill misses the rest of his family. We haven't been to Massachussetts for Christmas since Michael was three, I think? We've never made it for Thanksgiving...It'd be nice if we could make that happen one year soon. Bill's parents are both in their nineties and even though Mom no longer knows who any of us are certainly doesn't mean Bill isn't missing her any less. The nephews are all growing the family with grandbabies and I could use a good baby fix!
I pray you all have a wonderful family-filled Thanksgiving tomorrow and enjoy the bounty of God's blessings through the the entire holiday season and the coming year, too. Below is a link to download Ann Voskamp's new One Thousand Gifts app, free over the holiday for both iPhones and Android devices. You can quickly and easily post daily gifts you are thankful for and share in an ongoing Twitter feed of God's showering gifts.
"Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
His love endures forever."
|A prayer doodle for my sister having endometrial ablation surgery this morning. |
Keep her in your prayers today for a successful surgery and speedy recovery!