Oh, What a Day!


I think this is the biggest family gathering we have had since my dad’s funeral.  That’s usually the thing that draws everyone back home.  But not today.  Today it was a chance to spend a good last visit, maybe with our auntie besides just a chance to be together as a family.  And sharing a special day like today with her, even if it was only by visits to the nursing home, was a good reason to visit.

All my sisters and my brother were here.  Most of their children were here and most of my children were here.  Altogether, we were 35 since our Spanish lodger joined us too. 

The day started early.  I got up to stuff the turkey and put it on to roast.  I had purchased the biggest turkey I could find in the store – 11.96 Kg. so 6 hours were needed to cook the bird.  Beatriz even got up early to help me peel the potatoes and we chatted together about what kind of big family celebrations her family has in Spain.  Before we left for church the aroma of roast turkey was already filling the air. 

At 1 we all gathered, everyone laden with their contributions to the feast and we had a wonderful time eating and talking long into the afternoon.  Such a gorgeous day.

Family can be very special and I am blessed.  They make me very thankful for the relationships we have that have enriched our lives almost beyond belief.

A day to be thankful and a day to be thankful for.


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6 responses to “Oh, What a Day!

  1. Sounds great – sounds like Christmas.

  2. joye

    Thanks for hosting a wonderful family celebration. We are so glad we came and had a great time seeing you, all your children and grandchildren and the rest of our family.

  3. Linea

    Was a great day! I have almost recovered too. There is still some pumpkin pie left but that turkey got picked pretty clean.

  4. A big smile spread across my face as I read your post, Auntie. And my mouth watered a bit thinking about turkey. I wish we could have been there to celebrate with all of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Your Thanksgiving reflections have left me aching for home and craving turkey. Glad you guys had such a beautiful celebration! Wish we could have been there. -Amie

  6. Loved the time together! So fun to see everybody again. Thanks for being such a gracious and unflappable hostess! And getting to see Auntie Florence and singing with her made me laugh, cry and smile. We are truly blessed as a family for the heritage of faith!