It was sweet to meet with all those who were within driving distance. We were able to chat with JaRissa. In the end, it's all about the people. As we twenty-three gathered around the table Michael led us in a discussion of what we were thankful for...and again, it's the people. After we ate and played games, there were CAKES. Lots of cakes. God has been so very faithful to us. It was good to gather with hearts of gratitude and remember.
CyRi showed up first - around 11:30 or so. They've been in the Caribbean for a few weeks (maybe only 2) but it was good to see them! Cy went to work blowing up balloons and Carrie jumped into the kitchen fray. CoRielle showed up about an hour later. Cory fixed a delicious turkey and brought his signature Almond Roca dish - and more. I lost track of who was arriving when at this point.
It was so sweet to spend time with this little gal. She's grown so much this year.
|Annie (BreZaak's) LOVES her jerky|
|RISK - always somewhere in the mix - Michael & Jamin|
It was a BLESSING to have Nolan and Alex home for Thanksgiving. McDonald's chose to close for Thanksgiving. Would you BELIEVE people were calling the store on Wednesday to COMPLAIN that McDonald's would be closed? Buy your hamburger a day early.
|Danny & Nolan|
This tradition continues...decades ago I purchased a cheap white tablecloth and had our Thanksgiving guests sign it. It's fun to look back at it and see family, airmen, friends, fellow members of the chaplain corp...years when Michael was missing, years when new ones were added - those are the best. This year the boys and Allie signed for the first time.
|Arielle, Cory, Stacia, Allie, Danny, Nolan, Krista, Livie|
I tried to get a shot with all the grands, but I'm missing one in each shot....this is the closest...Gideon's provile is at Bre's elbox, Jojo, Bella, Annile, Livie, Danny and Benny.
|Coolest ever! Planets INSIDE the cake.|
|The pig hat finally appeared. LOL|