Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Day

We drove a little south for Thanksgiving so we could spend the day with my grandparents and extended family. I have such fond memories of running around their yard barefoot with my cousins each Thanksgiving, sneaking off behind our Great Grandmother's house to pick oranges off the neighbor's orange tree, suck the honey out of the hibiscus flowers, climb the gorgeous Oak trees in our Great Grandmother's front yard, and race one another by running the length of the yard on top of rolling cable spools. Those were some fun times.

The older one below was my partner in crime growing up. We always got in trouble at some point, and our grandmother would make us sit in the livingroom and read the bible when we fought with one another. She taught me how to clean pig pens and help calm down a steer. We always talked about sneaking out at night on an adventure of running through some neighboring orange groves, but we never did it. She was my closest cousin in age and friendship. I sure do love this gal.
It was so good to be back here for Thanksgiving. It was good to hear my grandfather's heartfelt prayer and remember back on the past few years of family gatherings. It was a delight to watch our children play with my cousins' children and form those relationships and long-lasting friendships while sharing with them our own stories of when we were their age.
The little guy was a bit off that day, sleeping for a good portion of the visit and just being pretty low key. He did perk up the last 20 minutes or so of our visit, but he missed most all of the fun with all of the cousins. He just didn't last too long playing.

It was a wonderful day of family fellowship and reflecting on the blessings that have engulfed each of our lives not only this year, but for the past several years.


Wanda on November 30, 2011 at 5:52 PM said...

Enjoyed the pictures! Good to see picture of Janell. Glad you enjoyed the visit!

Phyllis said...

Thanks for posting. It really meant a lot to them that you came, so I heard.

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