i had been meaning to write more about our Thanksgiving celebration. but i was looking for a particular picture of the girl from last Thanksgiving. we were in San Diego, of course. and my aunt was down too. we four–Glenda, Barb, Mabel and Kortney–went to thrift stores one morning. i tucked the little one in the sling, and we had a great time. i remember seeing another mama out shopping that day with her small one in a sling. only she had two older children as well. oh my! toward the end of our time out together, we needed to nurse. so i sat down in a chair by the shoes and nursed my baby. when she was finished, Nana came by and snapped a picture. she’s smiling and peeking out of the sling, wearing her pink polka dots. behind us, the store’s Christmas tree is visible. it’s a lovely picture.
i wanted to find it because it was taken last Thanksgiving. and in the circle of the year, we have come back to holidays that Mabel has already been a part of. crazy. and now this year, she really is taking part.
at Thanksgiving she ate so much turkey. she is not a vegetarian! but she also had potatoes and sweet potatoes, brussels spouts, pumpkin pie and ice cream made by her uncle Ben. we enjoyed a very traditional meal. by which i mean the stuffing was Stove Top, the bread was brown and serve, and the cranberries came from a can! and it was so good. at Thanksgiving i really crave those very familiar flavors. lord knows, i’ve stewed fresh cranberries with orange zest and brandy. and that’s good too. but at Thanksgiving, i want what we’ve always eaten.
and that history, that family is something that fills my heart with thanks.
instead of just making a regular, old paper chain to string across the front windows, we made a gratitude garland…writing what we are thankful for on the inside of each link.
here’s a bit of my list (in no particular order): pots of soup…AP’s new job…the river…scrub jays…Mabel…Mabel’s cousins…LLL…Gerri, our midwife…the ocean…time with grandparents in San Diego…how generous my brothers are…homemade bread…our mothers…Marla, our landlord…the Terpstra boys…the hospitality of Ben and Jess…the list goes on and on.
we received this card from our neighbor and landlord along with a bag of crisp apples and warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookies…
Dear Andy, Kortney and Mabel,
just a little note to say thank you for coming to dinner on Tuesday evening…we so enjoyed your company. i was just disappointed when i realized as you were leaving that you had the pictures (from Suriname) i wanted to see…i hope you’ll come over and bring them again–you have a standing invitation!
Kortney–so glad you could go to the play with us. i loved hearing you and Sarah chatting about “baby stuff.” it was a fun evening.
we really thank God for the 3 of you being our neighbors! you are truly a blessing to us.
Love Marla, Dave, John and Ruby
isn’t that just amazing?