Let me begin this post by saying how excited I am to be part of this Thanksgiving blog hop which is being hosted by the owner and creator of the popular blog No Minimalist Here. Thank you so very much Sherry for including 21 Rosemary Lane in your amazing lineup of inspirational bloggers...it is truly an honor.
Almost every year since Mr. Rosemary Lane and myself got hitched we have spent Thanksgiving with his family. It was my mother-in-law's request that all her children and their families be in attendance for dinner this one day of the year. So we gather together, almost 50 of us in total, to celebrate this special day of giving thanks.
Thanksgiving at my in-laws has always been a fun packed day that typically goes like this...
The day starts mid-morning when the men folk, dressed in their sweatpants and sweatshirts, head outside to play a rousing game of touch football. In the kitchen the women talk and drink wine as we put the finishing touches on our collective Thanksgiving Feast. And the children, well they are scattered about like fallen leaves caught up in a sudden gust of autumn wind.
At about 2 in the afternoon the brood of what would appear to be absolutely famished children, get called to the table to eat first. They are then quickly followed by the equally hungry adults. After everyone enjoys their fill of the most fabulous bird with all the trimmings, the entire family gathers in one room to begin the Curran Thanksgiving tradition of giving thanks. Each person is allotted as much time as they need to express what he or she is thankful for that year. The giving of thanks speeches start with either the youngest child or oldest Aunt or Uncle, and then goes around the room in chronological order. This includes 9 sibling plus spouses and a total of 26 grandchildren, ranging from beautiful young adults all the way down to adorable "gotta eat 'em up" toddlers...everyone has their chance to speak.
Some of the speeches make us chuckle and laugh, while others may bring to our eyes a tear or two.
But we always realize how thankful we are for all that we have and the family around us, no matter what bumps in the road we encountered during the past year.
The speeches conclude with my in-laws saying what they are thankful for...and without fail it is always family for which they are most grateful.
This year however, will be a little bit different as the number of speeches given will be one less. Sadly my husband's father passed away last month.
I am sure our Thanksgiving Gathering will still be filled with the laughter and the good times we always have while we are together, only there won't be the presence of my father-in-law and his booming voice flowing through the room and rising above all others.
We are all grateful for the many Thanksgivings we were able to spend with my husband's father, and for the future Thanksgivings we have yet to enjoy as a family.
Two of the most important gifts of love God ever bestowed on us is that of family and dear friends. This year when Sherry asked if I'd like to join her vignette blog hop, I decided to create a Thanksgiving Table which would convey the profound love I feel in my heart for my family, and the great gratitude I have for those of which have become incredibly close friends in my life.
This Thanksgiving will be much different for our family as we will miss our beloved patriarch. But it will also serve a tremendous reminder of how intertwined our lives have become and how incredibly important we are to one another. The love we share is something we will undoubtedly always have, because we've been so very blessed with the most beautiful and precious
gift of family.
Wishing you all a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving!
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