Yes, it sounds like a clichéd event, but this Thanksgiving was a “Country Family Thanksgiving”, and I really could not be happier with the weekend. My entire immediate family was here, as well as some extended family that I hadn’t seen in ages. My mother outdid herself preparing almost every dish personally and to perfection. Lukas managed to fight off his cold so that everyone could enjoy his antics, and Tucker only chased a few cows in the pasture and was able to remember how to get back this time.
While I’m not going to sit and say life is perfect at this point, this weekend I have been overwhelmed with how many blessings I’ve been given. I have a wonderful family. My son, though a little snuffy, has had great overall health and has been a joy in everyone’s life. My parents are in good health and still very active. I still have a good job despite all that’s going on in the wild world of economics. Where there are rough spots in life and relationships, there is hope for improvement.
Update: right after posting this message, I found out that my aunt was being life-lined to Nashville due to a brain aneurysm. She is still alive, thankfully, due to some quick but careful surgery by some of the best surgeons in the country, and also a large amount of prayer from family and friends. But this episode has served as a solemn reminder as to how fragile life is for all of us. With that lesson as well, I saw a family and community come together quickly and solidly to form a bond of support and love for all those impacted by this. The final outcome for my aunt is still unknown, but blessings such as these will always be remembered.