Thursday, November 27, 2008
*JMJ* My father-in-law was released for the third time today from the hospital. He has only had his heart surgery a month ago. So he is still in need of many prayers. We were planning to have Thanksgiving dinner at my house this year to relieve my in-laws of having to cook for the family. This was the first time in 18 years since I've been married that we did not spend Thanksgiving with my mother and father-in-law. He was released from the hospital today and my Mom had to care for my Dad so they weren't able to attend the dinner. My hubby and I talked about maybe sending food over to them with some pie perhaps. Well after dinner as I was starting to clean up, I just started to make a couple of plates up with everything that I could possibly fit onto them. I forgot the butter pickles though. Wrapped them up and then got out the pumpkin pie. I cut out two slices and wrapped them as well. So what did my family do? What else. We were going to send Mom and Dad Thanksgiving dinner to their door. So this is how we managed it. My hubby got into his car and was going to be the driver.The first plate I gave to my adult daughter and told her to get into Dad's backseat. Then I gave the second plate to my teenage son and told him also to get into the backseat. Now we needed someone to hold the pie and there was only one person left. My daughters hubby. I gave him the plate with the pie slices. Then he tucked the whip cream canister in his coat pocket. Then I asked him if he had room to carry one more thing. He said yes. I gave him a cup with gravy in it. You have to have gravy with mashed potatoes on Thanksgiving. And I stayed home to watch the little ones while they transported the food over to there grandparents house. See, it all worked out. We worked as a team, like family should. It was sad that they weren't with us and I even got all teary-eyed at prayer time. But I said during our prayer that I was just glad that Dad (Grandpa to my kids) was still with us. I was so proud of us as a family and especially of my children. This is the stuff that I want them to remember. I want them to remember that they brought over Thanksgiving dinner to there grandparents who are going through a difficult time. I can't take credit for the idea of sending dinner over to my parents. It was my hubby's idea. I'm not looking to get credit for it either. I'm just saying, my kids were shown to take this opportunity to help others in need. That it doesn't have to be a stranger, although that would be great to. But it's good to help out in your own family as well. Wherever the opportunity lies to take care of someone, reach out to them and just show them some love. I'm proud of my family for that. That we worked as a team to help two people whom we dearly love. I want my children to say in the years to come, "Remember when..." That is the stuff that I want them to remember. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Posted by Anne at 7:54 PM