Fiends!! Friends!! (LOL, I mis-typed that but it made me laugh so I'm leaving it for kicks!)
So. Thanksgiving day, cooking, the smell of the turkey, and so many Loved are around...
Above, Urchins take break from feast-cooking to watch something funny. (J, Gracia and Edwin are unsure as to it's being humorous...)
(I love the kitchen in a house. :)
Martha cooking up something wonderful! (the A.'s and Tayte are on their way and will be here in a bit!! )
Daddy carves The Fowl
The tables is set, the prayers are prayed,
The Feast is feasted,
And then Grand Daddy reads words from Plymouth; his deep, resonant voice clear and strong in the still room. To hear your Grandfather speaking the words of your forefathers, all men who feared and fear the Lord, who love Him more than anything...it is a blessing that few surpass.
"What could now sustain them but the Spirit of God and His grace? May not and ought not the children of these fathers rightly say: "Our fathers were Englishmen which came over this great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice and looked on their adversity," etc. "Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good: and his mercies endure forever. Yea, let them which have been redeemed of the Lord, show how He hath delivered them from the hand of the oppressor. When they wandered in the desert wilderness out of the way, and found no city to dwell in, both hungry and thirsty, their soul was overwhelmed in them." "Let them confess before the Lord His lovingkindness and His wonderful works before the sons of men."
So many beloved people in one place....(We missed Mrs. Karen and Elizabeth (got to feeling poorly :( ) and Dee and Noah and Cleve and Lise and their boys. But phone calls help in such cases. :D )
So beautiful looking down and seeing all their eyes, and smiles and eating styles. LOL.
Nieces through the leaves.
That afternoon everybody took naps. Look at these two angel children asleep on Grand Daddy and Nana's bed!! Little girlie cousins are so precious together.
Later we turn on a video, the sounds coming in from the other room, and you have that refreshed feeling after you wake up from a nap. And Rook is played!!! Joyous. This is a fearsome environment, kindly friends. Auntie is not to be trifled with.
Nana and her coach plot from the other side of the table.
Her winning hand is revealed. Nana triumphs amidst the sound of she and Coach's sinister chuckles of glory.
Madi is penalized for using her stare tactics to intimidate her opponent.
And Rachel apparently has "The Bird". (kah! kahh!)
Y'all, this is so. so. fun. It feels sort of like tubing behind a motor boat. :) Only you don't get wet.
Here, Tayte temporarily rules from 'The Tire' in an all-boys wrestle round, as Wesley and Andrew attack him viciously.
Your smile melts my heart, little man.
With his other hand.
He. is. fully. awesome.
It was such an amazing night, too-we passed out tracts and sang on the corner and talked to people about the Lord and their life. So grateful for Daddy and Uncle Frank leading us all in it, it was so good and I pray that some people asked Jesus to save them and be their Lord that night...
Everybody looks so disapproving and snobbish in this picture.
"What!? Oh my. Is that a topiary reindeer? Bah!"
Bear Cub, I love thee.
(Slightly evil chuckle) Here I am, creaming Alyssa at this game of wits. For the third time.
"What did this do to you? Tell me. And remember, this is for posterity so be honest. How do you feel"
(I did let her win on our fourth game, so she wouldn't feel bad)
I love thee, friend, and your chess skills, limited as they may be.
(Just to say-I love that these men are so manly - which is awesome, and rare, and beautiful.)
(hooray for Phill!!!)
(Paul? Frankie, what are y'all doing?)
(So cool-you can see the fragments here)
(Your check vest, my boy, is scrumptious, by the way, and looks quite at home with shotguns.)
Oh, that morning, a lot of the Moms and daughters loaded up to go shopping and have lunch out together and have a pink time!!!! :)
Oh, but we missed Marth that day, so super much. But, uh, she was spending the day with Someone. Need I add, a special someone?? I mean, what else would she rather spend the day doing? Shopping, Old Mexico-us??
Love is a beautiful thing. :D
The oldest girls there should have stopped such immature behavior, poor baby.
Her face was cute, though.
Our poor mens were twyin' to 'pind dems some 'tustenance for afer'noon 'nack...
LOL....oh, and there's Lynora again with Aunt Mimi!! Popular child.
And, so ends one of the most wonderful times together. What a blessing to have seen so many dear friends throughout the weekend....much love to each one!
And thanks to our Lord, for His love, for Himself. For everybody around us, and for the rain falling outside today. It is beautiful landing on the buttercups beside the porch.
It's been fun thinking about Thanksgiving in March.
Thankfully, with love,
Adeline, for everybody here.