Monday, November 23, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!





I am kicking into high gear, got to start the Thanksgiving preparations. This year we will have all five of our children, three of their spouses, and four grandchildren in attendance. Plus my brother and his daughter, and my daughter-in-law's mother and sister. If I'm counting right, that's eighteen. Whew.

This will be the first Thanksgiving without my dad. He passed away last December. I will be thinking of him as I set about putting things together. Dad was quite a cook, and he loved Thanksgiving. He always stood at the head of the table and made a toast and said a little prayer, peppered with Irish sayings.

I'll have lots of help in the kitchen. And after dinner we'll play games and make room for dessert.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday, full of good food and company. Much love, Elizabeth.

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32 comments:

Helen Ginger said...

I would wish you a happy Thanksgiving, but I don't think I have to. It couldn't get much happier than having so much of your family there. Good food, good friends (and family) and fun times. Doesn't get much better.

Helen
Straight From Hel

ellen abbott said...

Can I be in your family?

No one wanted to do a big thing this year in my family. Our son and DIL are coming out and we are going to cook (my son's the cook in that family) and eat. I haven't seen him in a couple of months so it will be fun.

Elspeth Antonelli said...

Have a wonderful time. Eat, drink and be merry.

Elspeth

Nancy said...

Same to you. Have fun! I'm starting my cooking tomorrow. Will have all my sibs and their families, and one daughter home. Can't wait.

Joanne said...

Sounds like you're "cooking" up a wonderful holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Jemi Fraser said...

I hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving! Sounds wonderful. Enjoy and share the memories of Thanksgivings past - it'll help :)

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Wow, that's a great gathering! I'm sorry about your father. Holidays--especially first holidays--can be difficult. I hope it's a great day of celebration for your family!

By the way, I LOVED your Mexico story! Thanks so much for sharing it!

Jennifer Shirk said...

Have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!

I'm going to my brother's but I'm making the pies.

L.T. Elliot said...

Happy Thanksgiving! I'm glad you'll have a full table and family all around you. I'm sorry for the loss of your father. I believe he'll still be there. Happy Holidays!

Marguerite said...

Wow Elizabeth! That's a lot of cooking! I'm in the same boat, but it will all be worth it! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! I'll be thinking of you.

Tamika: said...

Enjoy your Thanksgiving! Family and food are a wonderful combination.

Tabitha Bird said...

Have a wonderful thanksgiving. all that food sounds wonderful :)

Cloudia said...

Love to you, Dear.




Aloha, Friend!


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Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Happy Thanksgiving to You Too!!!

Garden Lizard

Alix said...

Sending warm Thanksgiving wishes to you and yours, Elizabeth. I'm so thankful that our paths crossed this year and that I am able to call you friend.

Much love and happiness always, but especially during this season of togetherness.

Donna M. Kohlstrom said...

Sounds like the perfect Thanksgiving dinner with lots of yummy food and loads of family!

Praying you are blessed abundantly this Thanksgiving day and always.

momcat said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Elizabeth. I have left an award for you on my latest post.

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Holidays can be tough times, I know, when you're missing a loved one for the first time from the table. With 18 loving members of your family for support, I can imagine this will make things so much easier for you! Blessings,

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Lauri Kubuitsile said...

It sounds lovely Elizabeth. Enjoy yourself and eat too much. That's waht it's all about!

Susan said...

Hello from Costa Rica!

Momcat and I are mutual friends. I am wandering about your site and will come back.

lakeviewer said...

You are a brave one. I hope everyone brings a side dish, and you have just the turkey to contend with. Happy Day.

Mr. Shife said...

Thanks for the Thanksgiving wishes. Sorry about your Dad. The holidays are tough when you lose a parent. This will be my second without my Mom and it is still difficult. I wish you a wonderful holiday as well. Enjoy it.

Shirley Wells said...

Happy Thanksgiving! It sounds as if you'll have a wonderful time!

I miss my father at family celebrations too but the good memories help a lot.

Eat, drink and be merry!

The Victorian Parlor said...

Happy Thanksgiving Elizabeth! May you and your family have a blessed day of family, fun, and food!

Blessings,

Kim

Tom Bailey said...

I hope that you really enjoy being with your family and I am sorry for your loss. What I have seen become possible is that people can sometimes draw even closer to one another during a holiday when the passing of a loved one has happened.

I hope that you experience the joys and possibility of increased closeness and love with your family.

Kindest regards

Jody Hedlund said...

Blessings to you this Thanksgiving!

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Happy Thanksgiving, dear Elizabeth!! I know that your Dad was with you in spirit...and that your day was filled with love and loved ones!! I am so thankful for you!!! What a blessing you are in my life!!! With love~Janine XO

Pixygirl said...

I wish I could have been there. I miss all of you so much. I am truley thatnkful that you are my family. Pop Art Diva said you are an artist and that you paint through decorating and through writing, but she forgot to mention that your cooking is also artful. You are so talented in so many ways. You touch so many lives through your various forms of art! keep up the creative lifestyle. Love you.

Sniffles and Smiles said...

Just stopping by to send my love!!! Hope you are having a beautiful holiday weekend!!! You deserve it! Much love~Janine XO

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Wish you also a very happy thanks giving !! My best wishes !! This seems to be a time full of fun and love !!Unseen Rajasthan

Jenn said...

Wowza that is one huge meal you had to cook! Then again what a way to create amazing memories to carry on to future hollidays. I hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

Fireblossom said...

Wow, those pictures make my mouth water!

I'm sure your father was with you in spirit. Love lives on.