We are home from Midland, and my overwhelming feeling is one of total gratitude and thankfulness.  The only thing that could have made this Thanksgiving better would have been having all of my children and my Mother with me.  Perhaps next year.

We spent Thursday at my brother-in-law, Chuck’s, house.  It was cold outside, but we had a great time anyway!  And the food was excellent, too.  We enjoyed visiting with everyone and getting to see all of the nieces and nephews.  Abby was happy to meet several of her cousins that she’d never met before.  🙂 I loved hearing from our nephew, Joe, that he and his wife are in the process of adopting a child from someone who had been planning to have an abortion!  They found out about it and chose to give that baby the gift of life!  I am so proud of both of them, and of the mother, whoever she is, for being willing to carry the baby to term so they can adopt it.  Yes!

Then, that night, I got the rare and wonderful opportunity to stay up until 3:00 a.m. with my cousin, Pattye!  We were enjoying our visit so much that we didn’t realize how very late it had gotten.  I really cannot begin to express how much I enjoyed that evening by the firelight, recalling family members and places that we haven’t seen in years, and coming to realize how much we have in common with one another.  It is a memory I will cherish always!

Then yesterday, we had another Thanksgiving celebration at Pattye’s.  Pattye’s son, Heath, and his wife, Jessica, brought the turkey, dressing and corn casserole.  I made the sweet potato casserole.  Pattye and David covered the rest.  The result was wonderful!  It was a lot of fun getting to visit with Heath and Jessica, too.  I really enjoyed being around them.

Mike, Valarie and Pattye

My brother, Mike, came over with his family, and we got to meet his new granddaughter, Trinity.  Okay, I’m not a ‘baby freak’, so I sort of think that most babies are adorable, but not necessarily attractive.  But I have to say that little Trinity is absolutely beautiful!  She was so happy, too, laughing and smiling most of the day.  I gave her a Longhorns bib, because her mom is a huge Longhorn fan. 🙂  I really enjoyed visiting with my brother and his wife, too.  We really haven’t gotten to do much of that for far too long.

So, all-in-all, it was truly a time for thankfulness, and I was very blessed to be able to spend it with so much family!

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