I got up.
The dark hours of morning were spent in quiet thoughts and heartfelt pleadings. And then coffee. And then baking. I started with pumpkin cheesecake bars. Woke Lanie up to assist, her request, and we spent time cooking together. She helped with pecan pie and sausage dressing. She reminded me to make Linda's favorite sweet potatoes with marshmallows, and I did.
The turkey turned out dry (this is not surprising), and the sides were a favorite and hit.
Pomegranate and clementine salad
Sweet Potatoes with marshmallows
Pumpkin cheesecake bars
The welcomes were warm. My dad gifted me a blanket he made. And when drinks were offered, he asked if we had cranberry gingerale (his favorite, and I made sure it was here). I'm thankful--for woodland views and my kids and Denise running and playing in the yard; my dad's smile; warmth in the house and in our hearts.
|Erin drew this. Sweet.|
|Seeing hearts in cream splashes. Butternut bisque.|
|First ever homemade gluten-free pecan pie|
|Denise makes everything fun!|
|Selfie with Linda and Dad.|
|Catching Dad coloring on the tablecloth. (It had word searches, games, and fun things on it.)|
|My sister next to me.|
|After dinner smiles.|