Sunday, October 29, 2006

Thanksgiving memories and a message to Heaven

Thanksgiving....a golden turkey freshley cut, delicious stuffing, mounds of potatoes with a well of melted butter, sweet potatoes topped with crunchy brown sugar, homemade cresent rolls browned to perfection, bright red cranberry salad, pumpkin pie loaded with cool whip and finally pumpkin roll filled with cream cheese that squeezes out when you sink your teeth into it. The family gathers round for "grace" that is filled with many thankful feeling and sayings and finally the blessing for the food.
Sound like your thanksgiving??? Thanksgiving and christmas, for me alot of the extended family memories kind of blend together. As a child I would head to Dayton, Oh to my grandparents house the night before thanksgiving....the next morning my brothers and I would dress for the day and pile into grandpa's TV room and excitedly watch the "Macey's Thanksgiving Parade" Before it was all over with all 9 of we grandkids would be piled in the room. ( I don't believe Philip and Olivia had the pleasure of joining us, where they were just toddler and a baby) Finally the mom's would call us for dinner we would all gather into the kitchen and join for family prayer and finally load our plates, and at grandma's house Thanksgiving always included "the green stuff" (which was lime jello, cool whip and pinapple. Don't judge it till you try it.) Then we older grandkids would take our seats on a sheet covered love seat and at our feet was another sheet. As we got older and our family got to big we would occasionally have dinner at my aunt and uncle's. I am not sure when the "graduation" took place, but soon the sheet was gone and we enjoyed our meal with out mishap.
Now years have come and gone and thanksgivings have changed somewhat. Especially, last year when 2 days before Thanksgiving, my "Nanny" gave up the fight with cancer and went to be with the one she was truly thankful for. Needless to say last thanksgiving was different, alot of saddness, especially on the part of Papaw, not to mention all the kids that were with her when she left this world and met her Saviour. Then approx. 4 months later, grandpa got to lonely and left this world to be with her.
So now the next year of holidays are upon us and I along with my family will be with out a gray headed women who could make us all smile, and didn't really talk that much but loved to just watch all of her family. And a grumpy old gentleman that would belt out the word "BULL!!" at a moments notice. I have been blessed, to have them as part of my life. Nanny was a wonderful christian women, yeah she had her down falls, but I had the upmost confidence in her faith in God. Grandpa for most of my growing up years had little to do with God, and finally in my late teen years he came to know Jesus. One memory I have was one Thanksgiving/Christmas we were all getting ready to leave and grandma wanted to pray...well grandpa joined us and before we knew it the Lord settled down in our midst and grandpa was crying. I don't think I will ever forget that moment.
So Lord, if you can tranport messages or allow those who have gone on to hear earthly messages...Let Grandma and Grandpa know how much I miss and love them, and how greatful I am/was to have them in my life.

4 comments:

Regi said...

I love you Grandpa and Grandma! I can see you now, walking hand in hand, on a golden street.

Regi said...

okay i keep checking and checking and still no pictures of the vacation!

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