Another Thanksgiving in the Books

The day after Thanksgiving is complete. The kids are in bed with energy switching from Thanksgiving to thoughts of Christmas.

Our Thanksgiving was quiet and not like when I was a child. No grandparents, aunts, uncles, no booze, no appetizers. Just pure simplicity — smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, baked sweet potatoes, green beans, cornbread and cranberry sauce. We did use Grandma Lee’s plates.

Was our Thanksgiving less — in some ways it was but the simplicity and ease was nice. Less stress is nice and this is what Rose and Brandon will know. Ron didn’t have grandparents but did have many family members. I had lots of family but holidays were choatic, stressful and often drunken humor or fights.

I miss having all my kiddos together. That is one of my dreams; having a noisy loud holiday with everyone together. That would be crazy and fun. Big kids, little kids and grands. Buffet of food, laughter, movie and games.

Rose and Brandon their normal has changed and they have adapted to their “Turner” traditions which they are helping to make. Ron and I have to be careful not to be tired of some of those holidays. To still infuse a freshness. This year Rose and Brandon both helped cook and set the table. It gave them ownership. It is amazing to see how far they have come.

God gave us these two crazy silly hair pulling gifts. Sometimes sweet, sometimes naughty, sometimes with mouths that work overtime. They challenge us, keep us on our toes and bless us.

We try to be good parents to them as we were to our bio kids, foster kids, youth kids, etc….some days we think, yes we rocked it…some days we wish we could quit. In otherwords, we are like most parents. We pray a lot for them (all of our children) and for us.

The holiday Thanksgiving is over but the concept Thanksgiving is not, every day is a day of giving thanks. Ron and I have so much to be thankful for and every day we give thanks. Life is hard but God is good.



I am a wife, mother, and pastor. We moved from Bowling Green, Missouri to Idaho Falls in 2016. I am a native of Eastern Washington state. In 2013 I had 2 strokes in 8 days and this is my journey of faith, family and health. I believe no matter what happens in your life that God can use it for His glory.

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