This Thanksgiving is up there among my very favorites. Others carry special meaning for different reasons, but obviously, having Silas this year gave the holiday a whole new meaning. We could not be more thankful for this kid of ours. He's seriously the best, and everyday I am in awe of the fact that we get to be his parents. We are the luckiest!
We were going to host dinner at our house, but at the last minute we had a change of plans. Some friends of ours who were out of town offered to let us host Thanksgiving at their house, and we decided to take them up on the offer. Just scroll through the pictures, and you'll understand why.
We spent the morning prepping the meal...some more than others...
Nick was in charge of the turkeys (we had two), and they were fabulous. We did Thanksgiving potluck style, so we had lots of food to enjoy.
After dinner, we lounged around, played some games, ate dessert and took lots of pictures.
Silas and his grandma
My grandma with Silas & Trevor...the cousins finally together for the first time!
Why not add one more great grandson to the pile!!
Having the cousins together meant cuteness overload and lots and lots of photo shoots. These two are only five weeks apart.
His first turkey day was a success!
The evening ended sitting outside by the fire, talking into the night.
It was a perfect day.
We are blessed, and I am thankful. Very, very thankful.
A couple weeks ago, we traveled to Redding to be at the funeral of Nick's uncle. A very sad occasion brought together people who don't see each other often enough, so it was a bittersweet weekend. We enjoyed the wonderful family time, celebrating the life of Nick's uncle, and sharing Silas with his Northern California family.
It's safe to say, Silas doesn't mind flying too much.
We flew into Sacramento and ate breakfast here with Nick's parents. I highly recommend the restaurant if you are ever in Sacramento.
Then we made the drive to Redding, where Silas met lots of family.
Great Grandma Helen
The Sundial Bridge is a favorite place in Redding, so we decided to take advantage of the beautiful weather with two walks at the bridge over the course of the weekend.
And then coming home, we ran into these guys..,
Our gates were right next to each other in the airport. They were heading back to Arizona when we were heading home. Perfect timing!
Belle would have turned 18 today. I saw this bumper sticker on a car the other day and thought of her. Really, I think of her everyday, but this is so perfect for her. Some people have said that Belle only lived to be 17 1/2 because I took care of her and helped her get healthy....that I "rescued" her in a way. But, the reality is that she rescued me over and over again these last few years. Every month, when my heart was broken again from not getting pregnant, she helped me heal. She comforted me and loved me and gave me a reason to keep going. I know God's spirit had to be in her to know when I needed comfort. There were many times that I wondered if she was really an angel. (yeah, yeah....call me crazy. But I bet some of you know what I'm talking about.)
I miss Belle everyday. I miss her sweet presence in our house. I miss cuddling with her every night and the way she followed me everywhere. I miss her laying across my feet while we're making dinner, hoping for scraps to drop and then, licking all the dirty dishes in the dishwasher when we're cleaning up. I miss taking her to the park and watching her explore. I miss her mischievous nature and all the crazy things I'd catch her doing. I miss how well she knew me. How she always knew what I needed. I miss how she could make anything better. She was a remarkable dog. She was my first baby. And she will always have a huge part of my heart.
Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Girl!
I miss you so.
I can't wait to be celebrating with you again in heaven!