I am so thankful for the blessings in my life! What I'm most thankful for hasn't changed much since I last made a list in 2013...in fact, right now my list would probably be nearly identical. But I'd add to that list the fact that I reached the age of 50 happy and in reasonable health!
We began Thanksgiving celebrations a little early, when my sister and her family came down to Portland the weekend before. We went over to a house my mom inherited from her brother to discuss renovation plans. I'm afraid I wasn't too much help...while Nadine was proffering her thoughts, I was too busy poring through drawers and bookshelves, finding some great gems--art supplies (my uncle was an artist), antique cameras, old maps, and these treasures:
|Antique papers in the organ bench|
|Cool old schoolhouse desks|
After that I convinced Mom and Nadine for a brief tea break at Medley in Multnomah Village. Yum--scones with jam and cream, with a lovely pot of tea, and even better company!
|Mom and sister|
Kieran had tech rehearsals for Mary Poppins that weekend, so we didn't see much of him. He got to see his cousins for about 1 hour the entire weekend, captured in the photo below!
|My bro with 8 out of the 10 boys in the house|
|Nicholas, tired out from all the boy energy!|
On Thanksgiving we went to my aunt and uncle's house in Lake Oswego...when I was a child my extended paternal family used to gather for every holiday and every child's birthday. As an adult, that frequency went down to Thanksgiving, Christmas, and occasionally the 4th of July. Now it's down to a much smaller Thanksgiving because of health issues and family drama. At times I've been a little bit sad about that, but we have been creating new (smaller family) and meaningful traditions on the other holidays.
I really appreciate the fact that my aunt and uncle are still willing to host Thanksgiving, so at least I can see some of my cousins and aunts and uncles there!
|With my parents and brother on Thanksgiving|
|With my bro, who's celebrating 2 years of sobriety in December! |
(would have been 3 years, if not for a bad day)
|With my sweet boys|
|My beautiful boys with our sweet girl dog with introspective eyes|
|My patient husband, who faithfully goes along |
with this Oregonian's tradition of real Christmas trees!
|Nice to have Kieran with us for a change!|
|The tree farm offered shaking and baling for $10, |
which we opted for--first time we've done that.
|Kieran, Nick, and Mike at the pub|
|With my little preemie! :)|
I'm especially grateful to have a little bit of family time as we head into the hectic holiday season. So grateful for these amazing men in my life, along with all my other blessings!