For the last month I've watched friends on Facebook list things that they are thankful for, and last week we celebrated Thanksgiving at our house again this year. A year ago we decided to stay home for the holidays and do Thanksgiving at home. Jolene cooked a turkey breast, side items, and an apple pie. The four of us sat around the table and Thanksgiving together and enjoyed the meal.
This year was a little different. We decided to stay home again this year, but we opened up the invitation to our parents.
And they said yes. All of them.
So this year, we had a much bigger table. We cooked two turkey breasts, and more side items. Jolene made two pies, an apple pie and a chocolate pecan pie. The food was amazing, and I sat there at the head of the table looking at my family: my parents, my in-laws, my children and my wife. It was there when I realized how special that moment was.
When we got married, I knew that we were joining families. Even though all of Jolene's family lives in Missouri and mine is in Texas we were one big family. We've gone up to Missouri and spent time with her parents, grandparents, etc. for summer vacations. We've been down to Victoria and San Antonio, going to the waterpark in New Braunfels with my family.
And here we were, sitting at one table together - two families joined together because of alphabetical order and a group project in an Old Testament Interpretation class.
We had a blast last week with our family. We had Thanksgiving lunch, the ladies played games while us men watched the Cowboys almost win a football game. That night we played games together, and on Friday we all went together to the Christmas tree farm and cut down our Christmas tree. Afterwards we went to Babe's Chicken House in Burleson and ate until we could hardly move.
I am so thankful for my family. I am so blessed to spend time with the most amazing parents, in-laws, children and wife for the rest of my life.