I think I'm still full. My family celebrated Thanksgiving on Sunday and there was so much food. This is a good problem, believe me I know, and I realize that I have so much to be thankful for.
My whole life growing up my Mom made the most delicious turkey dinners every Thanksgiving. My parents and my sisters and I would gather around the table and share the meal and enjoy each other's company. There was always so much food and even more laughter. It was always something to look forward to. But over time things started to change.
One by one my sisters met the men they would marry and our table became more and more crowded as these young men would join us. Our family was growing. We could pretty much kiss the leftovers goodbye because these guys could really eat! Then, as my sisters did get married, sometimes they would be at their in-laws homes for Thanksgiving and our family would shrink down again.
One by one we sisters all got married and started our own families in our own homes and eventually it was our time to prepare our own feasts. Mom had done more than her fair share of the cooking and now it was our time to step up and try it ourselves. It was our turn to start traditions with our own children and try to pass on the love and laughter that we were raised with.
And so it has been in my home. My husband Tom and I have pretty much raised our five boys into men, by the grace of God, and we love the times we can all be together around the table with plates full of food and hearts full of thankfulness.
This year though, there was a bit of a shift. A move into the next era. There were girls at my dinner! I knew this time would come. I knew one day, if the Lord was willing, that each of my boys would meet a young lady to spend their time with. So this year, we had three lovely young ladies join us for Thanksgiving. It was such a blessing.
It's always a lot of work preparing the meal and getting the house ready, but when I sat at my place at the table and looked around at my family and our guests, I felt true contentment and happiness.
This is what life is. It's being thankful for everything. It's cherishing the little moments. It's making the most of every day God has given us. It's embracing the changes that happen. I know the changes will continue to happen. My boys will eventually marry or move out. Down the road, some grandchildren will come along. The seating at our table will grow and shrink from year to year, but I think I'm ready for that, or I will be when it happens.
I hope you all had a Happy Thanksgiving too. Do you have any thanksgiving memories you want to share? Feel free to post any thanksgiving thoughts or stories in the comments below.