Thanksgiving Day Meal ‚Äď Part 2

Thursday, November 26

2a (1)Jere and Kristen make an amazing turkey.

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2a (4)Jere mashing the potatoes.

2a (5)Sweet potatoes

2a (6)Filling – or stuffing or dressing – whatever you call it. ūüôā

2a (7)Brussels sprouts ready for the oven.

2a (8)I could make a meal out of these.

2a (9)The food table

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2a (11)Then, just like that, it was time to clean up.

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2a (14)Jere and Kristen prefer being alone in the kitchen after the tables are cleared – this was the rest of us – watching football, playing Monopoly, checking a smart phone, and looking for deals.

2a (15)Cerwin, Jesse, Jana, Deb, Allie, Josh, and Roy.

Ian, Jared, and Sarah (friend of Roy and Deb) were outside riding bike and checking on the chickens.

2a (17)Josiah taught me how to play Qwirkle.

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2a (18)He knows the game too well and beat me in two games.

2a (19)By then, Sarah was inside and joined us for another game.

Josiah won again.


Before going home we enjoyed pie and ice cream.

I hope your Thanksgiving Day was as delightful as ours.

Thanksgiving Day Meal – Part 1

Thursday, November 26

1 (1)The sun was just right to take some pictures of Jere and Kristen’s crabapple tree when we arrived at their place just before noon.

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1 (4)Kristen was putting ice in the glasses. I relieved her of that job so she could go back to the kitchen.

She loves preparing and cooking this meal and invites our entire family, to make sure everyone has a place to go for Thanksgiving. Most of Mark & Diane’s family is in Maine, and Jeff and Chris and Nate and Abby’s families had other plans, so there were fourteen of us.

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1 (6)We each received a small pumpkin bread to take home.

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1 (15)Roy and Deb brought sparkling cider.

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1 (17)Delicious appetizer/snacks.

For My 71st Birthday

I praise You because of the wonderful way you created me.

Everything you do is marvelous!

Of this I have no doubt.

Psalm 139:14 (CEV)


Thank you God that You are the creator of the universe

that You are the creator of me

and designed me exactly to Your specifications.

Thank You for bringing me into this world

and giving me life

a spirit

a soul

and a body.


Thank You for making me in Your image

personally forming me with the same care and precision You used in creating the universe

exactly to your specifications

gifted physically and spiritually just as it pleased You

for Your glory.


Thank You for my parents

who were designed specifically by You

to be the ones who cared for me

trained me

and taught me about life

and You.


Thank you for my strengths and weaknesses

that I can enjoy

and develop

without pride or false modesty.


Everything I am

is from You

and kept by You

surely You have been good to me.


I stand in awe of You.

Our Thanksgiving

Jere and Kristen provided the place and most of the food.

3The turkey

1 (1)Josiah showing his Aunt Chris a location on the map.

I think they may have been discussing some of the places he lived in the northwest during the past few months.

1 (2)Great-Grandpa and Anthony

1aPretty plates

1bAttractive decorations


2 (3)Name tags designed by Jana

2 (3a)Jesse is showing the inside of his¬†name tag which said “Happy Thanksgiving.”

2 (4)There were twenty-two people at the tables today.

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2 (5)Jenna and Dustan

2 (6)Chris and Jeff

2aJordan tried on an Indian headdress (made by Jesse) as he waited for his turn to go through the buffet line.

2bAnthony enjoying lunch


4 (1)Turkey

4 (2)Cranberry salad

4 (3)Potatoes by Chris

4 (4)Sweet potatoes

4 (5)Stuffing/dressing/filling (whatever you call it)

4 (6)Green beans

4 (7)Dinner rolls by Abby

4 (8)Cerwin and I took the drink – a mixed orange punch and raspberry tea

5My plate

6 (1)Pies

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6 (3)Fruit fluff

6 (5)Cakes by Deb – red velvet and chocolate

6 (6)Josh (holding Anthony) and Allie came after lunch. They were with her family this year.

6 (7)We enjoyed watching Anthony play with the plastic pumpkins.

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6 (10)The living room was full of football fans.

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7 (2)Ready to go home.

7 (3)It was one of our best Thanksgivings ever.

Thanks, Jere and Kristen for doing so much of the work.


Afterward we went to visit Cerwin’s mom, and even went to see Cerwin’s¬†Aunt Bertha and Uncle John –¬†in her room in Cedar. Bertha isn’t doing very well. It doesn’t appear that she has many days left on this earth.

John came back with us to see Mother (his sister). He hadn’t been to her room¬†since she moved into Oregon House. Cedar and Oregon House are names of different sections of Landis Homes (all under the same roof) in personal and nursing care.

It was interesting to listen¬†to Uncle John talk about his and Bertha’s¬†upcoming 75th Wedding Anniversary in mid-December, which he¬†thinks they will not¬†celebrate because of her¬†declining health.

He wrote a poem for their anniversary. He said it is the best poem he ever wrote.


It was a day to be thankful.