Saturday, November 28, 2015

A Happy Thanksgiving

(my sweet hubby set the table for me while I chased the kids around the house…)

Hi Friends…I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday surrounded by loved ones and friends. We sure did and are still enjoying all the yummy leftovers and desserts! :-)

Now that things have settled down…I thought Id' sit down and write about our holiday and share a few photos while the memories are fresh on my mind.  Several months ago we offered to host Thanksgiving at our house, so we have been looking forward to having everyone come in town for the holidays.  We try and rotate the holidays between my family and the hubby's each year and so this year it was our turn to spend it with my hubby's family.  

On the morning of …the kids woke up so excited and couldn't wait for their cousins, aunt and uncle to arrive.  The hubby's sister, Amy, and her family were driving in that morning. We were sad that the hubby's other sister, Teresa and her family couldn't make it this year.  It's a long trip for them to get here and they have a lot going on right now--so we completely understand why they couldn't make it this year.  My in-law's, Pop and Janet, arrived the day before and spent the night with us.  The kids  had fun getting to hang out with them before their cousins came to town. 

Once everyone made it to our house…we added the final touches to all the food items in the kitchen and finished setting the table before sitting down for our Thanksgiving meal together.  I'm so grateful to my sweet mother-in-law and the hubby for all their help in the kitchen…I kept having to chase Tay-Tay and Gavin around the house and trying to get them ready amidst the meal prepping --so they were so much help while I tended to the kids.  They even set the table and ironed the napkins.  It was definitely a group effort that morning getting everything ready for our Thanksgiving meal.  But it all came together so nicely and our meal was wonderful. 

A little personal side story about the china we used for our Thanksgiving meal.  As we sat down to finally eat our meal, I got a little teary eyed when I looked at the pretty dishes.  This china is the combined collection that was passed down to me from my grandmother, Katie Bishop, and her mother (my great-grandmother) Oni Lee.  It's the Johnson Brothers Friendly Village pattern. I cherish it and have kept it safely tucked away in my china hutch since inheriting it.  They both had their own personal set and it's the first time I've used it since my grandmother passed away in 2013.  I remember using these same dishes at all of our family get-together's at Nanny and Granddaddy's house when I was a little girl.  

These dishes bring back so many special holiday memories I was blessed to share with my parents, brothers, grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins…many of whom are sadly no longer with us.  But they especially bring back fond memories of my time I shared with my grandmother, Nanny.  I can vividly recall her standing over her sink in her kitchen and very carefully washing her china after our Thanksgiving meals while she and I would be chit-chatting about life and other things.  I could tell by the way she would ever so gently wash and dry these dishes after our Thanksgiving meals that they meant so much to her.  

And so after the hubby said the prayer and blessed our meal, I couldn't help but feel my grandmother nearby.  And I'd like to think she was smiling down from heaven and so happy that her china was being used for our special Thanksgiving meal-- just as we did all those years ago in her home when she and Granddaddy hosted Thanksgiving. 

My hubby with his parents, sister and brother-n-law and our niece

Noah and his cousins

These two getting a treat with their Sprite and Root Beer ;-)

Our nephew, Will…enjoying his Thanksgiving meal

After our meal…Noah performed a few songs on his recorder for everyone.  He did a really great job and we all were so proud of him.  

Aunt Amy and Noah having a deep conversation about life and other stuff.  :-)

We had a really nice visit with my hubby's family.  I'm so thankful for them and that they were able to make the trip  and spend this Thanksgiving holiday with us. I so missed seeing my parents, brothers, and their families for this holiday--but am looking forward to getting together with them in a few weeks for the Christmas holidays.   And speaking of Christmas, we've been having so much fun getting the house all decorated for the holidays. The kids are all excited about Nick the Elf's arrival and making their wish lists for Santa Claus. ;-)   

It's definitely our favorite time of the year and a special time to remember the Savior and all He has done for us. 


  1. Jennifer, these same dishes have filled my head with childhood memories. When I saw your pic, my heart melted. Sunday dinners and holidays. I used to love to compare the diff houses and imagine what was going on inside. ��

    1. I was the same way, Stephanie with the houses on the dishes…I loved sitting the plates side by side as a little girl and comparing the different houses. Such special memories!! :-)


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