This year Nancy arranged for a student Thanksgiving dinner which ended up being only 4 out of the 20ish couples.
(This is Nancy, and Micah loves the way she holds him. She can always calm him down.)
But having a small group turned out to be very nice. I got to talk to Melissa Howell a lot more than I ever had before. That was fun because now I feel like we are better friends now. We all met at the church which was great because 3 out of the 4 moms have nursing babies and all of us had kids. So we had a perfect Mother's room for feeding newborns and all the nursery toys for keeping the older kids entertained.
We had a full table-- turkey, ham, stuffing, green bean casserole, jello salad, cranberries, rolls, sweet potatoes, corn, and lots of desserts. Yum! After we ate the boys played a game of Risk and the girls chatted. Time went by so fast! Before we knew it, it was 7:30 and bed time for the kids. I still can't quite figure out how the time passed so quickly. But we did follow one tradition before we broke it up and went home. In Keegan's family, they would take turns naming things they were Thankful for until they had reached 100 things. So we did the same thing. With 8 of us, we each had to list 12 or 13 things we were thankful for. It was a great exercise in recognizing blessings and it led me to do the previous post. It's a tradition that I would like to continue in our family each year. And before we left, I had Melissa take a quick family picture-- our first since Micah joined the family.
Luke had a blast as well. He spent most of the time playing with the "CD play-der" that is kept (usually) in the kitchen at the church and the rest of the time chasing Rachel and Caleb and screaming.
All in all, a great Thanksgiving.
P.S. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving birthday, Michael!