We have had a very nice Fall which I am thankful for. There has been more rain this year and that usually makes me very homesick. I am from Washington State so for those of you who think I am nuts....It is what I know to be home. I traded in the wet, misty winters for cold, snowy ones about 9 years ago. To be very honest I am not as thankful for those, although, it is nice to have snow for Christmas.
What I am thankful for today is having my grandchildren come for Christmas. We have 5 now and all will be here this year. I will have my first childrens table and am looking forward to decorating it for the kids. I am thinking of putting a plastic tarp under it to save my carpet from spills. The oldest is 5 and youngest is 11 months so I am pretty sure there will be something under the table for them. The picture above is from 2 years ago and she is the now 5 year old.
It seems like we were waiting for grandchildren for so long , wondering if we would even be blessed by them. Last year there were 3 boys to be born but one,Noah, didn't make it. The real blessing was his parents conceived at christmastime and now we have Eleanor
Our holidays are so different from what I had growing up, I have to admit it is a bit of an adjustment. Families are not as large and don't live as close together so when someone is missing from the table you really notice. My husband and I are thinking of volunteering at a shelter or inviting a student from the college next year to share our meal. With all the children married and having other commitments it can be a bit lonely so we thought we could share with others who are alone or don't have families. I enjoy bringing a little happines to others.
I also need someone to eat all those baked goods I love to make and what better candidate then a lonely college student far from home.
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU ALL