It's a Wonderful Life!

 Empty tables; all ready for our guests.
Didn't the garage clean up well?
 A couple of space heaters kept our garage at a perfect temperature for the 16 people who
shared a wonderful meal.  The buffet line was set up on workbenches!  My father and mother led the way.
 Young and old shared the tables.  Conversation and laughter abounded.
 In addition to pies my sister brought from Bakers Square (Chicago area). Paula Deen baked a birthday cake for my father who will be 84 on Sunday!  (Paula sells her cakes at our local WalMart.)  Of course there was turkey, ham, my mother's warm & sweet mustard, dressing, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, tossed salad, 3 layered jello salad, and dinner rolls.
"With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation." Psalm 91:16
After desserts, tables were cleared and we played several card games, rhythm, charades,  and a special thanksgiving game where all the turkeys gobbled when they found candy corn hidden around the room.
I hope YOUR Thanksgivings Day was as special as ours.  Except that two of our children and their families were unable to join us, it was a near-perfect day.
Thanks to many of you who expressed your concerns and assured me of your prayers.
I will sleep well tonight.
It's a wonderful life.


  1. Wow -- I was wondering how you put on such an elaborate day in your physical condition (I've been praying about that by the way). Then I backed up to yesterday and see that Gary helped save the day. Still . . . plenty demanding for you under the circumstances. Blessings on you and Gary for helping create a memorable day for your family. Glad it was such a special time.

  2. So happy for you, it is wonderful to see you all together and I can just see you all enjoying good food and fun games. Nice that Paula baked a cake for your dad, now how blessed are you to have both of your parents with you this Thanksgiving, WOW I loved reading this...:-)Hugs

  3. Thank you, Bernie, for sharing our happiness.

  4. Thanks for praying, Kathie. And yes...Gary was my secret weapon!

  5. Your father looks so happy and strong in this photo, Happy Birthday to him! What a lovely dinner Rebecca.
    There was plenty of room and the food sounds delicious! So happy that you had a good day, I am still keeping you in my prayers. Love Di ♥

  6. Good food, good conversation and lot's of Love is what puts the thanks in Thanksgiving and it looks like you had an abundance of it.:)

  7. What a wonderful day! Your hubs is definitely one of the good guys! Looks like everyone had a marvelous time. Hope you are feeling better. Praying for your swift recovery. Happy Birthday to your dad!

  8. I don't know how you do it! I am whipped, here too! How blessed we both are to have wonderful families to share Thanksgiving with!

  9. Loved reading about your fantastic day! The day our garage would be clean enough to host a Thanksgivng dinner in it will be the day we are celebrating in our heavenly mansion...!!

    Your menu was similar to wonderful having the generations together isn't it!

    That was a great idea to have the print of the man praying (Grace I think is the name of the painting?) Great atmosphere you created here!

    Are you feeling any better yet? (I hope and pray)

  10. Wow, that is a nice-looking garage! You decorated wonderfully! We had Thanksgiving on the road because of attending this wedding in another state. I didn't like to do that, but since it couldn't be helped, we made the best of it. My son did make the surprise trip home and we shared many informal meals together ever since Saturday night when Emma walked in to "Granny's" and was soon asking for "ronies" (macaroni and cheese) just like before she moved to Colorado! Having them back was truly something to be thankful for!

  11. What a wonderful gathering of thanks! I couldn't think of a more lovely setting. The two of you are a very special couple and it shows in all you do together.
    We don't even have electricity in our garage, the wiring that runs underground somehow broke and we have to have it repaired in the spring. No parties in there!
    Thank you for sharing all the joy!

  12. You probably figured out that was me commenting and not bow tie lady! LOL She must have been signed in on my computer.

  13. Morning Rebecca,
    Looks like you all had a grand time with lots of fun!! good for you!!
    Wow, you made your garage nice and cozy with plenty of room. Nice you could celebrate your dad's birthday as well. Nice of Paula to bake him that cake!! lol I am sure it was beautiful and delish, if she did it.
    Sounds like you had lots of Traditionally yummy food as well.
    Always wonderful to be with family,
    Blessings hon, Nellie

  14. Your garage looks warm and cozy and happy.


Writing a Song a Week #3

Writing a Song a Week #3
♪ I wait for the Lord; my soul waits and in his word I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning ♪ (Psalm 130:5-6)