It has been ten years since my first Thanksgiving post. I want to say "Thank you" to my readers who have been along with me for all those years. Much has changed in the last decade. I met my husband, I reconciled with my children, I lost my parents (actually, my dad passed away eleven years ago), and I gained five grandchildren. I also have become fully comfortable with who I am. It seems with each passing Thanksgiving, however, that even as I remember all the good in my life I think more and more about those who are no longer with me: grandparents, parents, my sister, and many others - I learned this past week that a friend from my magical teen years at Brantingham Lake left us. The top image in a photo of a pencil drawing of my parents home of 30 years in Virginia Beach where we had so many Thanksgiving. It was a Christmas gift to them and was done by a local artist based on a photo that we gave her. When my mother passed away, the framed drawing came back to me. It now hangs adjacent to photos of my parents on their wedding day.
On a happier note and looking forward, the husband and I are hosting one of his nieces and her husband (they have hosted us in the past) and four friends )the table is set as shown above. We will be joined by our niece's daughter and her husband and new baby for dessert along with another couple. I've already baked three pies - my grandmother's pumpkin pie recipe, pecan and an apple/raspberry pie. The husband has been busy as well. It should be a fun afternoon. On Saturday we will get together with my two daughter and the five grandchildren - it will be another fun time that we are looking forward to.
I wish a Happy Thanksgiving to all my Facebook friends and my readers who celebrate the holiday - thanks for visiting the blog. May all enjoy this special day of family and friends.