Saturday, November 28, 2020

Family Thanksgiving Day

We are getting this Thanksgiving off to a great start, thanks to my little helpers! 

Since we weren't able to gather with our JV family this year due to the coronavirus, we are celebrating it with our family today here at our house. 

It's been a long time since I've hosted a Thanksgiving!

Except for one year when we were in the States with our kids during their college years, celebrating in Chicago at someone's home that was loaned to us, I think the last time I hosted a Thanksgiving meal was 1997! We purchased Malenovice for JV in 1998, and began to have our celebrations there even before it was renovated. 

So this year, we're on our own but doing well, I think! 

Tyler brought pumpkin, raised in our garden this past summer, and did everything needed for truly homemade, and home grown, pumpkin pie!

We did cheat a little when it came to the turkey!

The father of a Czech woman who used to serve with us in JV, raises turkeys and grills them on order! Every year for our JV Thanksgiving we order 5-6 turkeys to feed the whole group. We'll have turkey for days since it's only us for the meal this year!

Sadly, Claire is sick and not able to be with us this year. Caleb, Haley, Charlie and Jenna are in the States right now, so they're not with us either. But we still had a happy meal together (complete with reindeer antlers that the boys are producing for us here in this picture in preparation for the next holiday that's on its way! 😂)

We enjoyed Tyler's homemade pie later in the afternoon, which I wanted to remember with a picture.

Little did I know that at that moment, Asher was crying in the background!! It was over quickly, but it's just funny that it happened right then. 

The boys were all smiles and giggles as we moved on to the next task for today...decorating for Christmas!

This is the Day family of mooses (can you say mooses?!). Mr Day is in Judah's arms, and Asher is holding two new little ones I got for them this year. Beside him is Shirley, Goodness and Mercy. And these are "all the Day's". 😀

(If my little joke doesn't make sense, read Psalm 23, verse 6, the first line! Or you can read this blog post for perhaps more understanding!) 

With expert help, we moved on to tree decorating.

Asher's reindeer antlers make me laugh! He was so excited to wear them!

This is the first time I've ever had help from Judah and Asher; and it's been quite a while since Tyler's been here for a tree decorating too! He was my expert at getting the lights on this year.

As you can see, the bottom half is quite well decorated! 🤣 I'll get around to adding some more up top later. But it sure was fun to decorate with these four!

Now, after a wonderful Thanksgiving day, we're all ready to head towards Christmas!

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