Our Thanksgiving weekend turned out to be quite a busy one – so busy that it’s taken us all a few days to recover!
We started out on Thanksgiving Day at church where we helped to serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal to anyone in the community who didn’t have a place to go or family to spend the day with.
It was the second year the church opened its door for a Thanksgiving meal and we were thrilled with the attendance and support.
My responsibility was to cook and bring the turkeys and make the gravy. I fretted over that gravy.
I prayed over that gravy.
I’m happy to report that it was well received! 🙂
The kids loved hanging out after they helped served drinks and cut pie.
Then as soon as we had the clean-up under control we loaded up our crew and left straight from church to head up to Jan’s brother’s place in the Twin Cities.
It was a 6+ hour trip and as we headed north the cold increased – as did the snow.
But it was worth it! The kids filled every minute with cousin time! I think they slept at some point- but I can’t verify that statement. 🙂
They watched movies, played in the snow, and even had a push-up competition.
Meanwhile I had some sweet time with 3 special nieces (you can read more about them here, here, here, and here), and did some major “thrifting” with my sister-in-law. Ahh – the bargains we found! 🙂
Jan and I had also chance to slip away and drive the extra 45 minutes north to the nursing home where my Grandpa and Grandma are now staying.
It was another bittersweet visit. Grandma knew exactly who I was and we had a lovely time together. She held my hand as if – when she let go I would disappear.
She cried when I left.
I cried too.
Grandpa’s in the Alzheimer’s unit and he didn’t know me, but he seemed glad to see me anyway. He looked tired and a little lost.
I cried when I said good-bye to him too. I always wonder if it was our last visit.
The rest of the weekend went by in a blur of laughter and food!
We packed the gang up on Sunday morning and left for the return trip home – this time with some very tired and sick kiddos.
It was one of those weekends that we filled to the brim!
But I’m so glad we did – the memories we made were priceless!