There were a lot of sad moments this past week over Thanksgiving, but there were a lot of wonderful moments as well. Today I want to share some of the wonderful moments that I want to remember.
I always want to remember time with my Daddy Ken. I grew up with four amazing grandparents and at 27 years old, 3 of my grandparents are still living. I’m so thankful my Daddy Ken lives so close to us. He is such a good man and I have been blessed to have him as such a big part of my life.
Daddy Ken isn’t your average 87 year old. He’s still young at heart. And super active. Up until recently he has taught exercise classes for seniors at a local church. This past weekend he took us for a hike and I snapped this shot of him standing on a ledge pointing to the heavens. He’s pretty awesome.
Speaking of Makenzie… I kind of adore her. She’s my oldest niece and my true little mini me. My sister is always joking that since she gave birth to my child, I am obviously going to someday give birth to one that looks like her. 😉
Speaking of Christopher’s dad… as I mentioned earlier this week, his parents came to Memphis to join my family for the Thanksgiving week celebrations. Here his poor dad is attempting to watch an old western movie while our spoiled mutt curls up behind him for body heat.
I also mentioned this earlier this week already, but we were grateful to have Christopher’s parents in town with us this past week. The circumstances were heartbreaking, but it was helpful to have someone to grieve with. And we definitely had some happy times together as well. Especially when we went to the Arlington town square just after Thanksgiving to see all the lights. 🙂
Christopher’s dad (left) and my dad (right) sweeping leaves off the driveway at my grandfather’s house. This was such a precious moment to me. Christopher’s dad, Tony, has dementia and struggles with a lot of things, but he loves to clean and rake and sweep and rearrange things. I loved how my family came alongside us to help care for Tony during this week when we had so much going on emotionally.
Speaking of my dad… he and my mom celebrated 29 years of marriage this weekend. They actually got married on Thanksgiving day in 1985. So every Thanksgiving week, they celebrate their anniversary. I’m thankful for their marriage. I have learned so much about what marriage should look like from them and I am thankful for that.
And of course I was thankful for Thanksgiving dinner. You guys know this girl loves her food. 😉 Even though we weren’t at the beach we still had our traditional Low Country Shrimp Boil that we have for Thanksgiving every year. A favorite tradition of mine! 🙂
EDIT: And because my sister pointed that I left out the whipped cream eating contest photos… here’s what my family does over brunch on Thanksgiving Day: