It's been awhile since I spent Thanksgiving with all the family, but this year we will be together, and I'm looking forward to gathering and being with my loved ones on Thanksgiving day.
My mom's Thanksgivings were nothing fancy, but she always had good foods to eat that day. Every year she used her Mother's gravy boat, and when she passed, I got this treasured item and have used it through the years on my own table at Thanksgiving. She was funny about putting the names at the bottom of the items that people gave her. I always thought that was a smart idea, and sometimes do the same.
I used to read this book to my children when they were little. They always loved it.
One day on a bike ride, Jess saw a sign that said, "coffee now open" at this Catholic Church right on the ocean cliff. So, she rode in to check it out. The church had really pretty grounds with flowers and a fountain. She got a coffee to go, and it felt so nice to sit outside by the fountain and have her coffee. Francesca loved her milk in her little coffee cup. Then, they walked around the grounds, and Francesca and Jesus discussed peace. Oh, how I want to frame this picture someday.
Nel's chalkboard art. She's getting pretty good at it, and creates messages with each season.
I put away all my Fall cups and brought out my jolly Christmas ones.
And I think I'll have a sugar cookie that my son made to go with my coffee.
I watched The Pope say Mass on tv at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, which was special, indeed. I thought about Jess in her travels when she took a trip to Vatican City years ago.
I miss seeing the turkeys up north. They used to roam through the streets and even trot through the neighborhoods. They were always entertaining to watch.
Speaking of turkeys... isn't this the funniest turkey costume my nephew is wearing? His mom and dad participated in a "run to feed the hungry," and he was about 2 in this picture.
Have you started decorating for Christmas yet?