So how was it? How was your Thanksgiving?
Ours was exactly what I should have expected – because it didn’t go as I expected. Two of our big kids didn’t make it home. Mimi wasn’t able to get a plane ticket for a reasonable price and didn’t join us for the holiday.
Samuel arrived Friday afternoon rather than Thursday, thankfully we still had the rest of the weekend to enjoy being with him.
We had three extra friends around our table, which helped fill the empty spaces, and added to the lively conversation. After dinner we played Heads Up!, and ended the evening watching Elf – although Russ and I fell asleep snuggled up in a big chair together.
Russ and Samuel spent Saturday loading a trailer of Russ’ mom’s furniture as she prepares to move to Oregon. Her property in north Idaho sold much more quickly than we expected and she has to be out of the home by December 9th. Russ has been spending lots of time helping her sort and pack.
Last weekend he brought home a box of fascinating treasures from the years his dad spent living and working in a remote region of Irian Jaya in the 1970’s. People he came to know gave him stone axes, currency (shells sewn to long leather straps), penis gourds (yes, you read that correctly), and many other interesting treasures.
This had all been stored in a box since Russ was in third grade and displayed it at his elementary school. So many memories.
We celebrated the first Sunday of Advent quite imperfectly, just as I expected. We haven’t begun any Christmas decorating, but thankfully, I’ve learned to keep the Advent book on the bookcase in the living room and the Jesse tree ornaments stored in the dining room sideboard.
Our first family dinner of Advent was Dominos Pizza – and it was wonderfully relaxing. With veggies, dip, and leftover pie, it was restful and everyone was happy. Remember, I said I would set the bar low, and I meant it.
We sang the first verse of O Come, O Come Emmanuel, read the first reading in Unwrapping the Greatest Gift (even if it was meant for Dec. 1 – we’ll fall behind and then be glad we started early), and hung our first ornament on the Jesse tree. The last few years I’ve used a simple metal tree hung on the wall in the dining room as our Jesse tree. Other years I’ve used a bare tree branch in a vase set on the table.
This morning, I read today’s reading to the kids as they ate breakfast and did last minute prep before school. Too many of us will be gone during dinner tonight with a basketball game for Eby, cheer practice for Zoe, and I’m not sure what else for other kids.
I grab the good moments when I can.
I hope your Thanksgiving was good, friends. I have posts floating through my mind – one I want to update on teaching kids how to open presents and thank the gift-giver (anyone remember that old post?), I also have a fun LuLaRoe giveaway happening on my Thankful Moms Facebook page now until early Wednesday morning.
The Thankful Moms Etsy Shop has lots of new necklaces as well as new cuffs! We have a Cyber Monday sale going right now, so if you’ve been thinking of ordering something, this is a good time.
Have a great start to your week, friends. Jesus came to bring light to darkness – that is good news.