Friday, November 28, 2008


It is so early on Friday morning but wanted to just write a bit... Thanksgiving was wonderful, one of the best in a couple of years. I must confess to you that a few weeks back it was the last thing I wanted to do this year. In fact we were invited for Thanksgiving with many friends and cousins. The thought of not having to do all as I do every year was very appealing to me. It came down to Monday of this week and I just could not bring myself to do it. I knew early on that Dad would not go, I am sure that Mother would, but not Dad. I justified in my heart that we could bring him a plate latter in the day and then have coffee and pie with brother Paul and Alpha.

The Lord started dealing with my heart thus on Monday I started planning a small Thanksgiving dinner here with Mom and Dad and brother Paul and Alpha.

Dad is 91 and very very frail and getting more so each day and I have shared with you where we are with Mother, and Thanksgiving day was no exception, she was in another world.
I do not know how many Thanksgivings I will have with them, I do not know what tomorrow brings. I do not know why the other two siblings do not see what is right before their eyes, I do not know how hearts can get so clouded. But this I do know, it was a wonderful day with Mom and Dad and PE and Alpha and my sweet hubby.
I am thankful that I listened to the leading of the Lord, I am thankful for the tenderness of my husbands heart as he prayed over our meal and cried when he prayed for our friend Jean. I am thankful that my sweet brother Paul came in and had us all in gut laughter in less than a minute, and I am thankful for the wonderful casseroles and pies and potatoes that sweet Alpha brought in the door and helped to prepare the meal. I am thankful that the six of us sat at a small table looking across at each other, laughing and eating and laughing. It was a good day with sweet memories that I will have for many years.
It was Thanksgiving, and I give thanks to the Father for the precious gift of my Mom and Dad for this one more Thanksgiving..


Shirley said...

Hi Denise,

So glad you had a good Thanksgiving Day.

Blessings to you and yours.

Flip Flop Floozie said...

What a wonderful day for you and your family!! Just the way it should be and just the way that God would have meant it to be!! Great post and great memories

Hootin' Anni said...

Sounds like a beautiful day with family Denise. That is what counts. You are a treasure indeed.

Denise said...

Praise God for blessing you with a wonderful Thanksgiving. I love you.

MelanieJoy said...

That's awsome Denise...I'm so glad you had a great day! Ours day was too. I'm so glad your house was full of laughter! The thought of you laughing makes my heart happy. I'll say a special prayer for your parents, other family and Jean.

Stacey's Treasures said...

Hi Denise,
That does sound like a wonderfull Thanksgiving with your folks!
I am your book swap partner.
We are supposed to send a Christmas book to our partner by Dec.5th
What kind of books do you like?
I like Art & craft books, cook books & Novels.

Sharon said...

I know it's been a good long while since I've been by to visit, but things have been busy around here.

I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving with your parents. I wonder every year if this will be the last with mine. We never know and it's always better to spend the time with them while we are able.

Now, to get busy with Christmas! :)

Sharon Brumfield said...

I am so glad ya'll had a great day together.
I faced the same thing last year with my husbands family. I could not get them so see how important it was to spend as much time with possible with PawPaw. I guess it is just the way people are.
How nice to have had the day you did...laughter and good food...i am glad for ya'll.

Edge of Design said...

I am saying this to encourage and not offend you. Just because your mom may not be there in her mind, doesn't mean that she's not there in her heart. I believe that you did wonders for her heart on Thanksgiving and that she may not be able to express how much she appreciates all that you do for her. I believe she does just the same.

Deb said...

That brought tears to my eyes, It brought back memories of my parents. Enjoy them while you have them, no matter what state of mind or health. I know how hard it can get, so I understand the joy of all being together laughing.i am happy for you:) God Bless you my friend:)

Mary said...


What a wonderful day you had with your family and it will give you many sweet memories. I am glad that God lead you to have Thanksgiving with your family. You are definitely right - we do not know what tomorrow will bring.

Your Dad wrote to me and told me that you make great stuffing and are an excellent cook. What wonderful praise he gave you over the Thanksgiving meal. He said you had a wonderful time and now you have confirmed that and I am praising God for His goodness.

Take care, dear friend. I miss hearing from you. Maybe one day our lives will calm down so we can be more in touch.

Blessings and hugs,

Love Bears All Things said...

Beautiful! And you are so right. Sometimes small is bigger.
Mama Bear

kansasrose said...

This beautiful post is a blessing dear one. I'm rejoicing for you and your joyful Thanksgiving day!!! Time is always at hand..we must always act on the spirit man's voice. YOU DO! Love you my sister!!!

katie said...

Denise, how blessed of you to hear your Lords leading and honoring your parents. I spent Thanksgiving with my husband brother and father. My husband watched TV, my dad brother and I played bridge. Great memories. Did I mention my dad is 97. Praise God for his mercies are new everyday.