Archive for November 29, 2009

Empty Nest Thanksgiving

Dave and I have an empty nest and we just had a wonderful Thanksgiving! How does that happen?

We have three children, Meg, Jill & Davis.

Meg (27) is married to Travis and they live in Greenville, South Carolina. Jill (24) is married to Ryan  and they live in Indianapolis, Indiana. Davis (21) is a Junior at Clemson University in South Carolina. Davis came home…THANK GOODNESS… but our daughters spent the holiday with their husbands’ families in states FAR, FAR away.

I thought it would be too painful for words. Without Meg & Jill laughing and helping in the kitchen and visiting around the table….I imagined holidays without them as “the worst”!

But here is what happens…

First, you are so thrilled with the young men they have married that you are happier than you thought you’d be. Just knowing how happy your children are gives you sort of an unselfish peace. And you also adore the families they have married into…so sharing comes easier than you might think! 

Second, you have the most amazing friends who invite you and your husband and son to share the holiday with them. Put together three families who are each missing someone, and what do you get? An unexpected blessing!

And now that we shared so nicely for Thanksgiving, we can look forward to getting EVERYONE home for Christmas! Yipeee!

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After Thanksgiving Jeans

We just finished our last bit of Thanksgiving leftovers…. and I wondered why do they taste even better now than they did on Thursday? Maybe, like fine wine, they age well. For whatever reason, I’m always sorry to see them go. But as they disappear, something else appears. No, not the Christmas Tree…not just yet.

My most comfortable, just-one-size-too-big-jeans!

Hopefully, I don’t have to wear them for long, but like an old friend, they call to me from the back of my closet…and am I ever glad to see them! Not very stylish, but they’ll get me around on my errands until I can walk off some of the stuffing!

I hope your holiday was full of family, and joy, and your favorite foods. We have much to be thankful for…even if some of our football teams didn’t win. God is still good.

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