Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving 2012

Cousins: Lucy, Ellie, and Ruby (clockwise)
 This was the first Thanksgiving that John and I have held at our house.  It was so fun to have the whole family together -- 20 of us in total.  YiaYia and Papou (John's parents) cooked up a storm, leaving only a few tasks for me (and Olivia) so I can't complain at all.  What a blessing to be able to give thanks for all that we have with all of our blessings in our home!  It was truly a special day.

Two years ago, John, Nicholas, and I left for China on Thanksgiving morning.  We were on our way to meet our new baby girl, Ellie.  While it was sad to not spend the holiday together, we were so excited to finally meet Ellie after waiting for her for 5 years (she was only 13 months old at the time, but we had told Olivia she was getting a baby sister from China when she was 3 years old...instead she got 2 brothers, but she was patient and finally got what she always wanted!)  Anyway, we will always associate Thanksgiving with our trip to our precious daughter and will always be thankful that we get to celebrate this holiday together.

Papa and Nicholas
dancing Lucy

cousins Peter and Lucy
my sister Natalie and my squishy niece, Lucy

yum yum - the feast begins

Theia Nickie with Peter, Olivia, and YiaYia

Natalie, George and their gorgeous kids

John's cousin Spero and his cute son, Gerry

Ruby is hysterical

Nicholas loves Ellie so much.  A bond that first began 2 years ago when we met her in China.

So very very thankful this year!!

"The thankful receiver bears the fruitful harvest" - William Blake

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever." (NIV)   -- Psalm 107:1

1 comment:

  1. You have a Ruby!! I loved the pictures...thank you so much for sharing....and we have a friend here in Phoenix named Spero - never heard it before...bless you my friend!