It's no doubt this family is feeling a few pressures. This is our first big holiday without Mom G - even if we usually just had calls. Mom T is fighting metastasized cancer. We're missing family members on the outside (outside of AK for you lower 49ers). Some of us are under or unemployed. We're facing up to the reality of a degenerative disease in our immediate midst....and yet....we're THANKFUL. We are called to be people of gratitude, thankful IN all things - not necessarily FOR all things. Today, and throughout the year, we look to choose joy, to cultivate hearts of humble gratitude, and to bring him glory for what he will do IN the hard situations as we choose to thankfully trust Him. We love Thanksgiving. Today was, "practically perfect." We are missing one Gherkin and are looking forward to her joining us on 27 December. Michael and I were talking and we think the last time we had this many Gherkins around the table on Thanksgiving was our assignment at Goodfellow AFB - 2005 - 2009.
|Jared and Larissa|
|Larissa, Arielle and Bennett, Stacia|
|Cy, Cory, Arielle, Jamin, Michael, Nolan, Stacia|
|Michael, Nolan, Stacia, Alex, Izaak, Bella, Jared, Larissa|
Bennett's first family devo
Even Yuuki is attentive
Gideon must check on Bella and Daddy
|Bre, Gideon, Izaak, Bella, Jared and Larissa|
The Table - set with China and Goblets from Mom T
Gideon has decided Jamin is o.k.
Gramps and his boy....there are some similarities.
Sleeping seems to be contagious - working on a campaign and in property management
Bennett and Cory
|Risk - Alex won|
|Farkle - Michael won|
Gideon has his first boy crush on Auntie Riss
After Farkle, CoRielle, Bre and Gideon went home. Some of us moved on to our annual viewing of the Wizard of Oz, This led to the best line of the day. Larissa observed, "Pig hats for birthday and Wizard of Oz on Thanksgiving, why?" ::snort::
|Via Google Images|
Risk ended about the same time as the Wizard....and the guys and Larissa headed back home. It was a practically perfect day.
|Meme from Alaska Memes|