I finally finished cooking our delicious lunch at 11:30 this afternoon and now we are all laying around. We are about to start getting prepared for round 2 which will occur with the Taylor Family. Getting together with the Taylors will be different this year. We are missing cousin Alex (who recently got married-CONGRATS!) and is with her new husband in North Carolina. Chase is not home this holiday, but lucky for him, he is in Marine school about 20 minutes away from Alex, so they should be spending today together. Cousin Gabri is still in California, unable to be with us. Micah and Gage won't be joining us as they have other plans today. And of course, the most pronounced absence is our Matriarch, Mary.
But we have much to be thankful for in this year of loss. Let me name a few:
*God removed Steve from his most unhappy situation at his old job.
*He has continued to amaze us in providing for us since Steve has been out of a job.
*Katie joining our family, putting my mind at ease and saving Steve's life over and over again.
*The fact that my dad is no longer suffering, but has joined my Mom in heaven this Thanksgiving.
*My job that I love and work for 2 women who also believe and understand the importance of family.
*Jenna, Steve and myself are for the most part healthy and happy.
*The financial ability to send my child to a school where worshipping God is a daily thing.
*Friends who love me and will approach the Throne on my behalf.
*A God that loved me so much, He would sacrifice His Son so that I can spend eternity with Him.
So many other things to be thankful for. There's not enough time to list them all. I'm off to get ready for another food fest. I hope wherever you are, you are eating turkey and remembering all you have to be thankful for.