Thanksgiving Week Festivities

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving! We always eat lunch with Grayson’s family at his parent’s house in Hickory and then have dinner with my family in the mountains, so needless to say, we are always very, very full. The older I get, the more I love the traditional Thanksgiving meal (and the more thankful I am that I didn’t marry into a family that runs a 5k on Thanksgiving haha).


We have turkey, ham, sweet potato casserole, mashed potatoes, green beans, broccoli casserole, congealed salad, slaw, rolls, creamed corn, and all kinds of desserts. I miss my grandparents all the time, but around the holidays, sometimes it just feels unbearable. Have you ever missed someone so much that it physically hurts? It’s been eight years since my Paw went to be with Jesus and four years since my Baba, and time hasn’t eased the ache at all.

I know so many people who have lost loved ones this year and this was their first Thanksgiving and will be their first Christmas without them and my heart breaks for them. Holidays can be so hard, because while we have so, so much to be thankful for, we can’t help but miss those who aren’t with us anymore.

My family celebrates Thanksgiving in my grandparent’s house, which is nestled in the mountains and is just kind of frozen in time. It almost feels like they’re still there. We fill their house with laughter and babies and sink baths and messes and board games and conversations over coffee and pie because that’s exactly what they’d want.


We picked out our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving at Elk River Evergreens (this post from last year tells all about it) and it was freezing. I think Harper was the warmest person there, all bundled up in her snowman suit, but the rest of us just about froze to death. The wind was whipping around and it was just bone chilling cold, but another sweet memory, nonetheless.


We went to visit Santa and Landon ran right up and jumped on his lap, as usual. That boy isn’t afraid of anything, Lord help us! He asked Santa for a play kitchen, because he loves playing with the one in his Sunday School class at church and at my grandparent’s house. It was Harper’s first time sitting on Santa’s lap and she didn’t cry but wasn’t quite sure what to think. He’s the best Santa ever and after asking each child what they want for Christmas, always makes sure to tell them that Jesus is the reason we celebrate Christmas and it’s just so personal and special.


Landon went to the App vs. Troy game with his Daddy and Papa on Saturday and had a blast, of course. That boy loves football! He yells “GO APP!” and “TOUCHDOWN!” and it’s just about the cutest thing ever. He’s looking so grown up these days!


On Sunday, Grayson had the honor of singing with the Holiday Singers at Halton Theater for the 7th annual Christmas Extravaganza with the Charlotte Civic Orchestra and combined Butler and South Mecklenburg High School choirs, Charlotte City Ballet, and Encore Dancers. It was such an amazing production and I enjoyed it so much! It really helped get us all in the Christmas spirit!


Hope you guys have a great week! We have to put up our tree one night this week, I have my Bible Study Christmas party, and we’re going to a parade! So much to look forward to this time of year!

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