Sunday, November 28, 2010


I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day. We had a fun day here. My side of the family came over for dinner. We had the whole group here, except my niece Katelyn, who is in India doing a Social work internship. (She had a good day too - she visited the Taj Mahal!)
I can't fit that many people into my dining area, so we set up tables in our family room downstairs, and it works quite well.

Here is the whole group, busy talking and eating!

It seems the meal is too quickly done, and the clean-up begins. Here is my daughter, Laura washing dishes while my sister, Cheri dries and my sister Terri talks! My stepmom was stacking dishes in the corner.
I had this picture on Facebook and poor Terri got a lot of harassment for holding down the counter, so I should just say that she was actually putting things away.

The guys are cheering on the Lions, who lost again!

Bob and Laura were standing talking at the end of the day, and I thought they looked so nice together and snapped their picture.

Now - for the best part of the day!
Andy told us he would be having Thanksgiving dinner with a friend, and we were glad he wouldn't have to eat army food for the day. However...

Our doorbell rang at 10 that morning, and surprise! There was Andy on the doorstep. He had driven up to spend the weekend and only told his sisters. He came to celebrate the holiday and to help celebrate my birthday, which I'll tell you more about tomorrow.
He was also able to surprise the rest of my family. Once we all sat down to eat, he came down the stairs and asked if there was enough for one more. Everyone was shocked, and thrilled to see him. So, we had lots to be thankful for, on Thanksgiving day!


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Mariel said...

what a precious surprise!! glad your thanksgiving was such a sweet day! :) mine was too...God is so faithful and so good!

Karin said...

Just love surprises!! Great family fun pics!

Kat said...

How fun to have Andy surprise you all! Something really BIG to be thankful for.

Can't wait to hear about your birthday surprise.


(I finally got started on my Christmas decorations and I'm having FUN!)

le blÖg d'Ötli said...

What a great day and a nice family!

Connie said...

Oh Mari, that last paragraph makes tears come to my eyes. I remember when my brothers were in the army - how glad we were to see them when they came home.

Jenny the Pirate said...

HOORAY! Your Andy surprised you and came home! That's a super blessing. Love your pictures. Bob and Laura look so cute. I love father-daughter pictures. And now ... onward to Christmas! Merry, Mari! Merry!

I'm Sadie said...

What a sweet, sweet surprise! YAY! Sounds like you all had an amazing weekend!

Brooke said...

what a wonderful surprise!! :)

Betty said...

Wonderful!! I love such surprises! I´m so happy for you. That must have been such an awesome moment!

Raise Them Up said...

What a wonderful surprise! And what a houseful, too! Lol! We had just the five of us. :)

Nezzy said...

What a grand surprise!!! I'm so happy ya'll had a wonderful Thanksgiving sweetie. You can tell by the joyful faces how much fun everyone is havin'!

I fed the masses too her on the Ponderosa and baby, I was soooo a good way of course!

God bless and have a stupendous weekend!!! :o)

Pat said...

I don't think your last few days could be topped! Andy was the marshmallows on the Thanksgiving yams!
I love to see you family pictures, they always ooze love!

Mary said...

Whoohoo!!!!!! Say hi to Andy for me. I'm so glad he was able to get home for Thanksgiving and surprise everyone. Looks like a good time was had by one and all.


Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

I love surprises!!!!!! What a fabulous day!