Sunday, November 30, 2008


Cooking, cleaning, waiting, watching, welcoming, unpacking, visiting -- what a busy and joyful Wednesday it was!

Ginny and Bill, sons Shaun -almost 17, Michael, 16 arrived right on schedule Wednesday at about 3:15 p.m., after driving 865 miles in two days' time. They were ready to stand up and walk around for a while ! The boys always look forward to a meal at the Chinese Restaurant, so we gathered up my sister and our other daughter for this 'event'.

Thursday was busy again, with 'dinner preparations' and all that goes with hosting a big family gathering. Twenty-Two of our family were here for a wonderful, bountiful dinner and lots of fun and laughter. We missed the six who were unable to be here this year, but they were with us in spirit. Ham and turkey, dressing, gravy, homemade rolls, several kinds of potatoes and other vegetables, and six kinds of desserts - oh, such a wonderful meal ! We are So Blessed to have such a wonderful family, all of whom bring many delectable dishes to share when we have our family gatherings.

Friday was a busy day with lots of yard work accomplished by the guys, while inside we continued the cleanup from the night before. Lorelei and Daniel came for lunch on Friday and stayed to make a long visit, since they missed being here Thursday evening.

Corky's Barbeque is another "must do" item on our visitors' list, so we enjoyed those tasty ribs and barbeque on Friday evening. Too soon it was Saturday, and the Maryland group packed up to make another long trip back to their home. They were rolling by 3 p.m. in order to make it halfway on the first leg.

Oh, how Quiet this house was after they left, and Empty.

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