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Friday, November 26, 2010

Random Blessings

In spite of getting snow and freezing rain on Thanksgiving eve, we were able to travel up north on Thanksgiving and we had a very nice day. How thankful I am for the blessing of a dependable vehicle and such special people to spend a day of giving thanks with.

On the 2 1/2 hour drive to our Thanksgiving destination, I had opportunity to make calls of Thanksgiving wishes to loved ones. As I made call after call to express my gratefulness for each of these people being in my life, my heart swelled with the thought of having so many amazing people in my life. It can be difficult to not be with my children and grandchildren to celebrate the holiday’s but in my heart they are always with me and I cannot help but be grateful that they are alive and well.

The little’s were ecstatic because they got to spend the day with their best friend, Esox and other people they simply adore.



Little lady and Esox have a very special relationship…




Little man got a chance to help in the kitchen.

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They had a blast making a joyful noise with my nieces…





We got a chance to see the deer come up near the house and eat at the twilight hour…



Even more exciting is that the little’s get to stay up north and play in the snow and woods for a few days, while my husband and I came back home to work and get things done in our basement in preparation for my son moving back home. My grandson is gone to visit his daddy so our home is completely child free. What a blessing to have this time to get something accomplished without 3 sets of little hands digging where they are not suppose to or having another part of the house get completely demolished while we focus elsewhere.

I should be down working in the dungeon instead of reading blogs and writing this post. But what a blessing it was to stop by and visit today without feeling guilty.

Can I just say peace & quiet are not over rated?

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, I suppose it is time to welcome all things Christmas. My intent is to not let the commercialism or stress that can come with all of it, steal the Christmas magic. We will wait to put up a tree and decorate it until my son has moved back home the second week of December. We will bake and do crafts and make most of our gifts this year instead of focusing on financial lack or thinking our Christmas must look like it does on TV or that we will not have Christmas since we can’t buy gifts. Our intent is to think of ways to spread Christmas joy and to make merry because we have so many reasons to do so.

Now that our outdoors is covered in snow and it is closer to 0 then not, it is starting to look a lot like Christmas. The little’s love it and cheer with excitement whenever that white stuff falls from the sky and they want to be out in it playing all of the time. I guess I really don’t mind it since it can be kind of fun and it gets them out of the house.

The other night I had this most incredible vivid dream about many of you. In my dream we were all together at this big blog party and I got to spend 3 days of fun with all of you. Things you each have written recently or information that I know about you were filtered through out the dream. It was so real and so fantastic that when I woke up I was super happy and then I realized it was just a dream. Bummer. Still, it was such a blessing and makes me smile whenever I think about it.


If you are from the US I hope you and yours had a wonderful day of sharing in Thanksgiving and that today you are not only full from the good food but from good times with friends and family as well.  If you were one of those out shopping in the black Friday madness I hope you got a lot of great deals and it was worth standing out in the cold(if you live where it’s cold) and fighting crowds. 

I suppose I should get myself down to the dungeon and begin this great task of sorting and cleaning. But first I think there is a day after Thanksgiving sandwich calling out my name.

Happy weekend to you and your loved one’s. May peace, love and joy wrap themselves around you no matter the circumstances or what life has served to you in this moment.

Until next time, hugs & love, Lori 








The Incredible Woody said...

What a wonderful weekend! And seriously, Esox is awesome!!

LauraX said...

Hi Lori,
Your littles are sooooo sweet. And yes...peace and quiet is a delight! My husband and I were up in the mountains for two nights last weekend and it was wonderful just to be the two of us for those couple of days...and a different kind of wonderful to home with our teenage daughters! Thanks again so much for being part of the Thanksgiving quilt!

Jeannie said...

I love your dream!

I also love the pictures you get of your little ones. They are just so beautiful - the littles - not just the pictures.

Enjoy your time alone together. I'm sure you deserve it.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a great Thanksgiving! We are cutting way down on Christmas this year too. It's so freeing to not have to make lists and spend money we don't have. I think our kids were all really happy about the deal too. Our weather is cold but alas not moisture. I would love to have some snow or even some rain. We are terribly dry here in Western Oklahoma.
I certainly hope I was in that fantastic dream of yours. Here's to a great weekend.

gram said...

i hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, we are busy with the house, have a new grandson, and did i say busy with the house, it's overwhelming at times, but i'll make it. have alot of reading of your blog to catch up on and one of these days will post again on mine. just wanted to pop in and say hello. thank you for being you! you are one terrific person! don't forget that!
sweet photos!

Stella said...

Ah! Those photos are so amazing. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your big yellow dog. I want a big, yellow dog.

I love your little ones too, so much so that I feel like I know them, And little man is rocking that chef's hat so much!

Happiest of days to you and your family. Love you Lori!!

Hilary said...

Those faces are so precious. You and yours are all so lucky to have one another. Your posts always lift my spirits. Thank you for that.

Colleen said...

Sounds amazing Lori! Seeing your pictures and reading your descriptions just made me smile! I love your intentions for celebrating Christmas...I long to do the same...just make merry as you say but without many of the commercial trappings! Please share some of your ideas!
God bless you with a weekend full of joy!

slommler said...

Glad you had such a fabulous Thanksgiving day!! So did I! And I did do the Black Friday shopping and had a blast! No waiting in the cold either...just walked right in. Got some great deals and no waiting in lines!! Woot!! Great day for sure!
Enjoy your child-free space!!! What a nice treat!!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Your thanksgiving sounds just wonderful Lori.
Love seeing all the kids so happy....oh, and that snow???? yowza. We are still in shorts and flip flops here.
I hope you don't work too hard getting things ready, take a break now and then too.

TechnoBabe said...

Glad your Thanksgiving was so much fun for all of you. Making room for a son to stay with you must bring mixed feelings. Mostly good though. We don't do Christmas with presents. I stopped doing presents long before I met my hubby and he was already there.

kcinnova said...

Peace & quiet are most definitely not over rated!
Good luck with getting many useful things done while your sweet littles are off being blessed in another place.
Lori, I love your attitude about Christmas: "to think of ways to spread Christmas joy and to make merry because we have so many reasons to do so." Amen!

Katherine said...

Lori, what a beautiful post. I really loved looking at your images from Thanksgiving. Being Australian, we don't celebrate it, so it was lovely to have a piece of it through your photos - beautiful!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend,

K xx

SciFi Dad said...

I'm glad you had a good Thanksgiving, and you'll excuse me if I don't wax poetic about our definite lack of snow at the moment; I'm sure there will be plenty of the white stuff to shovel and slip on in the coming weeks.

deb said...

the photos are unreal!

Anonymous said...

What a great dream!

Loved the pictures of the littles enjoying themselves - and that dog is just wonderful. I can tell he is very kind by his eyes...

Enjoy your child-free time!