Welp, now that my belly is full and my feet are no longer tired…Thanksgiving 2017 was pretty awesome! I am super proud of myself. I was finished preparing everything by 12:39 p.m. See, I come from a family that doesn’t eat Thanksgiving Lunch, we have Thanksgiving Dinner, so eating around 6:30-7:00 is no big deal. I don’t know what I did differently to bring about this early dining time, but I can say it was refreshing. I actually was able to chill out after cooking and wasn’t too tired to clean the kitchen after we had finished eating. Thank the Lord I have a great husband that doesn’t mind assisting me with the cleanup.
We dined on Smoked Turkey, Ham, Baked Chicken, Dressing, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Greens, 6-Layer Salad, Yams, Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli & Cheese Casserole, & Yeast Rolls. Dessert consisted of a Yellow Bundt Cake with Melted Chocolate icing drizzled a top with Festive Harvest Sprinkles of Yellow Orange and Red. German Chocolate Cake, Pound Cake, 2 Sweet Potato Pies, & Peach Cobbler. Everything was made from Scratch, nothing was store bought!!
We had a few friends come over, watched a horrible game of American Football, watched kids play videogames, and talked about memories of parents calling us from downstairs to come upstairs to pass them remote controllers that would have been faster to get than the time it took us to actually come all the way up the stairs to give it to them. We didn’t say what we were grateful for, but internally we all knew.
In that moment, we were thankful for each other. For being able to come together and be an inspiration to one another. We were thankful for having loads of food to eat, and a warm and comfortable place to lounge about. We were thankful for each other’s company, and being able to relate to one another. We all came from different states in America, and all had different upbringings, but we all had experienced the task of fetching a remote for a parent.
I don’t get into everything concerning the pilgrims and all that happened on their tumultuous journey from England, because I think of how this began the downfall of many great Native Americans tribes and the appointment of Manifest Destiny…, but I do take the time to think about all that God has done for me.
*“Life for me ain’t be no crystal stair” these last 35 years, but I am so thankful that God has protected me from a lot worse. He has shown me that he is faithful even in times of doubt. He has shown me that I can handle a lot more than I think, but all because of his Grace and Mercy. I am thankful for life and what God has allowed to happen and opportunities that he kept me from. I am thankful for the parents I have because I wouldn’t be who I am if it were not for God allowing a West Side Chicago Girl and a small-town Mississippi Boy to enter the military and meet in South Korea.
I am grateful for this blog and the many people that read and are encouraged by my words. It is an outlet for me to be able to be my true self. I am even grateful for my job, because it surely has taught and teaches me a lot about myself. I am grateful for my puppies because they keep me on my toes, bring a smile to my face, laughter in my home, & make me excited about becoming a mommy. I am so thankful for my Huz-Band because he continues to look beyond my faults and see the beauty in me that I may not always see in myself, within or without. My huz-band is beyond what words can say…. Also, because of him I finally have siblings which I am grateful for, even Beefy J! I am grateful for my family, the Leggette-Youngs & the Martin-Moneyhams, and my married family the Bradley-Caldwells. I am thankful for Danielle!
I am thankful & I am grateful! Thank you God for giving us this day our Daily Bread for it is because of you, that we have it, Amen!
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*Line from the poem Mother to Son by Langston Hughes