"We gather together to ask the Lord's blessings ..."
Thanksgiving and family ... it goes together ... and this year was no exception. We were blessed to spend the day together as we have each year -- my parents ... my sister, brother-in-law, and SWAC niece ... and my husband and children -- doing the things we do each year.
We planned and cooked the meal ... celebrated a birthday that is part of our tradition each Thanksgiving Day complete with a Ukrop's turkey cake ... scoured the ads for the Friday sales ... put together a zillion-piece jigsaw puzzle in the family room ... played board games in the kitchen ... watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade where we saw the James Madison University marching band ... go, Dukes!
Our meal is always blessed by the patron of the family, and it was a prayer for our country, and for the safety of those who are away at war protecting our freedom and keeping us safe. He blessed our leaders, gave thankfulness for all we have ... and he always blesses the cooks. A resounding "amen" followed and then everyone loaded their plates as conversation and laughter filled the dining room.
We are blessed and thankful to have my parents at the ages of 81 and 82 ... to have each other ... to have my Texas sister who was with her husband's family in Oklahoma this holiday but we talked on the telephone this afternoon to catch up even though we were hundreds of miles apart. I missed having her with us.
America ... family ... Thanksgiving 2008. We as a nation are blessed.