Thursday, November 27, 2008

"Forever on Thanksgiving Day . . . . .

the heart will find the pathway home." (Wilbur D. Nesbit)

My husband Lee and I were lucky enough to be able to travel from Utah to my childhood home in Abilene, Kansas this Thanksgiving to spend some special time with my mother and my sister and her family.

Lee and I generally make two driving trips a year to Kansas to visit with my family, but we normally don't make our road trips this late in the year, because the weather and road conditions are pretty unpredictable. And typically, air travel is too expensive for us to manage on a regular basis.

But this year, we were lucky enough to be able to pick up some "frequent flyer" miles sufficient to arrange a flying trip back home to see my family over the Thanksgiving holiday.

So here we are, for the first time in over 20 years, celebrating Thanksgiving with my family, and in the town where I grew up. It has, indeed, been a special visit . . . . .

We've been able to spend some quality time with my mother, who just turned 87 years old in October.

And we've enjoyed visiting with our delightful "almost 16" year old nephew . . . . .We'll even be here for his upcoming birthday celebration, which happens to be a few days after Thanksgiving!

My sister and brother-in-law were the gracious hosts for today's Thanksgiving dinner. (I dubbed my sister the "Turkey Queen", since she was the resident chef-in-charge of the cooking of the 20 pound bird that was served for dinner! )
AND, she's also the "master baker", and as such, responsible for the homemade pumpkin pie!

Our niece, who loves to cook, was in charge of turkey basting, as well as the mashed potatoes and preparation of the all-important GRAVY!

Here's hubby Lee, eagerly anticipating our dinnner, as he enjoyed a cup of coffee.

(But, I would be remiss if I didn't give him credit for preparing the most wonderful sausage-cornbread dressing to accompany our dinner! )

As for me (NOT pictured), I was dubbed the "Jello Queen" for this year's Thanksgiving dinner.

I prepared (with some celery and apple chopping help from my dear hubby) a really GREAT cranberry jello salad! (If you'd like the recipe, feel free to contact me . . . . teehee!)

All in all, a great dinner (and a great time) was had by all.

So for me, today, Wilbur Nesbit's sweet and wise words do indeed resonate. . . . . . And, I hope they do for you, as well.. . . . .

"Forever on Thanksgiving Day, the heart will find the pathway home."


CAT Productions said...

Sounds like you had a lovely holiday! I, too, was in Abilene...Abilene, Texas! It was a wonderful Thanksgiving with my family.

I finally got around to posting my "tagged" facts!

Jess said...

How wonderful! you got to go home and visit and eat a wonderful meal!!

Lisa said...

I love your pictures.! It looks like you had a great time.
I also love the's SO cozy.!
Have a safe trip back.

uniquecommodities said...

Family is an amazing thing! Looks like you guys made some great memories!