November 28, 2013

So Thankful.

'twas the morning of Thanksgiving and all through the house, not a creature was stirring except for the baby, and the mother, and the older sister who soon appeared.
Outside our window, the moon on the crest of new fallen snow really does give the luster of midday to creatures (objects?) below.  Objects.

Ben just spit up while he was laughing, cooing, and laying across my chest.  There is nothing like sweet baby giggles and warm throw up down your shirt first thing in the morning.  Ha!  So gross...

It's Thanksgiving day and oh, how I am thankful.

We have family with us and friends coming.  The professor put the turkey in early this morning.  We finished baking pies and rolls late last night.  (I may need to bake more rolls this morning.) I spent the night mentally setting tables (wanted to have that done already) and cooking my stuffing.  Mmmm.  I love food!

Our starvation dinner of beans and rice was fun last night (even if the video of starving kids may have inspired nightmares).  For years, we have watched the Australian man born with no arms or legs (David).  I was so happy to see that he is married and they have a baby!!!  So fun.
Last night, we put the younger kids to bed while the older teens/tweens played a rousing game of UNO.  The professor and I, along with Ellie, my brother and sister in law, made pies.  (Lovely sentence.) 

I sing often, although I'm not the opera singer I pretend to be, and I never get the words right.  I'm afraid my pie making rendition of "All I Ask Of You" was enough to drive my brother in law over the edge.  No apologies from me-- know why?  Because today I AM ALIVE!!  I am here, cooking and celebrating with my family.  It is glorious!!  I just kept reminding my brother in law how much he loves my singing.  He said I needed to get better so he could jab me in the ribs.  I reminded him that I'm still very sick and fragile, so I was allowed to sing the wrong words loudly.  

Todd helped me out by sticking in his iPhone.  Soon we were all singing with Celine Dion, Air Supply, Chicago, Bread, Macolm X, and the Phantom of the O-pe-ra...  Loved it.  We danced.  I remembered that only a few months ago, I could hardly dance.  I couldn't make it through one song.  How grateful I am to be stronger!  I am so in love with my life... I'm so grateful to be here today.  (My eyes brim with tears just typing this.)  Yup.  Today. I'm so thankful.

Today is going to be a beautiful day.  I know it.  
I hope you are surrounded by love this day and that your heart swells with gratitude.  
Because, life really is SO good.  
Especially with turkey and pie and cranberry sauce.  

Happy Thanksgiving friends.
Thank you for praying me here!!
It's a great day to breathe!


Anonymous said...

Happy thanksgiving! I'm glad your alive too :).

Tiffany said...

Jen, you are definitely on my gratitude list - I am so grateful for you!!!! (Dopey me... just typing that sentence and reading today's post makes me all teary-eyed...) Happy Thanksgiving!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

A Very Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

An Ordinary Mom said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! So glad you are still here with us to celebrate life and all our blessings!

Christine Suldinger said...

Happy Thanksgiving so glad you are alive :) you are such an inspiration to me

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