11.25.2010

Turkey Day

I started writing this on Tuesday when all was sane and normal, but then God opened the gates and wreaked havoc down upon us.  They say God doesn't give you more than you can handle, but he is testing my family with all he's got.  We had two deaths within eight hours of each other, and a severely broken femur, that has a big story behind it. To give you a glimpse, my uncle was hunting, fell and broke his leg, didn't have his cell phone and had to scoot himself for 2 hours, far enough down the mountain that a passer-by saw and called for help.  It has been one heck of a week, plus I woke up in the middle of the night with the flu, UGH!  We did make our Thanksgiving dinner, but it was between a lot of tears, a trip to find my uncle in the woods and taking one little rug rat off the steps SEVERAL times!

Feeding our family is like feeding an army.  We make enough food on Thanksgiving to last us until Christmas!  We don't just have the traditional food like turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc.

Being from a big Italian family, our meals are just as big.  We have the basics, though there is nothing basic about it, with the works, plus broccoli casserole, corn casserole, brussel sprouts, lima bean salad, dressing harvard beets and so on.  Tomorrow I will include some pictures, being that we haven't eaten yet, I don't have the pictures to show.

It does take hours and hours to make the meal.  We get up early on Thanksgiving morning and put the turkey in, watch the parade, watch football, eat and nap, many years we went to the movies just for nothing better to do, but it was better than watching football!

I hope this finds you surrounded by your loved ones, giving thanks for your gifts.  Cherish your blessings, eat a lot, have fun and get your sleep.  Christmas will be here before you know it!

Happy Thanksgiving!  Love, BJ

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