Thanksgiving in the ER

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We left Wednesday afternoon to spend Thanksgiving weekend with Danelle in Aberdeen.

caleb and dogs

We brought Max and Molly along. And even though I asked, Pat didn’t think it was a good idea to bring the chickens. They are locked up in the barn for the weekend, and hopefully will be alive and well when we get home.

The kids of course were so excited to have a sleep over with Aunt Nellie. Pat and I were just a tiny bit excited to have a night out and a good nights rest. We didn’t do much on Wednesday other than hang out, eat supper at Mavericks and then hang out some more at Nellie’s. Pat and I left the kids at Nellie’s and went to the movie.

Thursday was of course Thanksgiving but it was also Mom and Dad’s anniversary. We didn’t want the day to be sad and so Danelle had planned to prepare a meal for any of her employees that didn’t have a place to go for Thanksgiving.  It was such a blessing to be able to help her with this. It was exhausting, but also very nice to be able to serve and not sit around being sad about not being together with the rest of our family.

nellie in kitchen

Since the restaurant was closed, the kids could run around and not bother anyone and Danelle and I started prepping all the food around 9:00 am. Some of it was already made up, some of it was partially made up and we just had to finish, and some of it we had to completely make.


Oh my word. The biggest pan of mac-n-cheese I’ve ever seen. And the tastiest too.

pat prime rib

After awhile we realized we were running a little behind… the guests were supposed to arrive around 1:00. So we recruited Pat to help us finish up.

kids helping

The kids were good helpers too.


All finished and ready for our guests! We had turkey, prime rib, stuffing, mac-n-cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, salad, potato salad, pie, cookies and we also decided last minute to whip up a bread pudding. Because we obviously didn’t have enough to eat. The guests brought food too.. we had sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and more desserts!

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Thankful. And stuffed!


We took a few pictures after. Love my kiddos so much!


Our family. Blessed beyond measure.

We had to clean up and so it was probably 4:00 by the time we finished up. We were stuffed and exhausted. We went over to Nellie’s house to rest up a bit and watch football. She was planning to watch the Steelers game Thursday night and the kids had decided they wanted to stay with Mom and Dad. I think their decision might have been based on the fact that we told them we’d go swimming.

We got back to the hotel around 7:30, went for a quick swim and then back to the room to go to bed! Everyone was exhausted and the kids were beginning to meltdown.  I think we were all in bed and asleep by 9:00 pm.

At around 10:30 I woke up to my phone ringing. It was Aunt Nellie.

She told me that she dropped something on her foot and that it hurt really bad. She thought that she maybe needed to go to the ER because she was in so much pain. She then said she’d just call a cab. Um, no. You will not call a cab. I “called a cab” and asked Pat to take her. : )

He got back around 1:30 ish. She had broken two toes and also possibly the bones on the top of her foot. She was given some pain meds and a stylish boot and she was supposed to call an orthopedic surgeon today to make an appointment for next week.

She showed me today what she dropped on her foot. It was a large decorative glass ball thing. And it is stinkin’ heavy. I just took these pictures a few minutes ago…

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Oh ya, I forgot to mention that on Wednesday her car broke down and had to be towed to the shop. So now she’s car-less and one-foot-less. But still this morning she was telling me how God has provided and will continue to provide.  We just pray she won’t have to have surgery.

This morning when we told the kids what happened to Aunt Nellie, after I told Caleb that she broke two toes and her foot, he said, “Like they broke off?”

Hahaha. Thankful that even in tough situations we can laugh!



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