This year we celebrated Thanksgiving with Brandon's dad's side of the family on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day.
Honestly, it was so much more relaxed to not have it on Thanksgiving Day.
We already have several places to be at once, and it seems like someone is always going to get their feelings hurt no matter what when it comes to juggling schedules, but we do the best we can.
By celebrating on a day other than the actual holiday we can spend quality time together as a family without having to rush off to the next location.
They loved riding on the Mule and the 4 wheeler.
That's not even including the dessert table.
Last year I decided that I would only have one small spoonful of each dish that I like and that's it.
No going back for seconds, except for maybe dessert.
I've been much less miserable after holiday meals since I implemented the approach of "sampling."
Well, he got his work ethic, his need to aggravate for fun, his love for farming and tractors and gardening, his eye color, his dimples, and love for playing Rook from his Grandad.
His Grandad kept him a lot (they live across the pasture) when he was little and he learned to work a farm and eat the crust on his bread from his Grandad, who didn't put up with any nonsense.
I'm personally thankful for that because my husband doesn't have a lazy bone in his body.
Brandon's family's land extends to Lake Lanier, so it's a tradition to walk down to the lake after eating to get a little exercise.
Brandon's Aunt Joy got her and she and Bayla are so much alike.
But in the past 3 months she has taken a huge plunge.
She no longer really knows where she is or who we are.
She has a far off gaze and always wants to "go home."
It's is such a cruel and heartbreaking disease. I hurt for people that have to go through this.
We have been in a major drought in Georgia, so our lakes are down.
Sword fighting, throwing rocks, climbing embankments...all things he still enjoys doing.
Being such a kid himself will make him a great dad someday.
This is where Brandon spent his childhood playing, so it's a sentimental place for him.
I'm not sure how many more opportunities they will have to do this, so I just really love this picture.
If you have Grandparents that are still living, you need to spend time with them.
Ask them to tell you stories and really listen to them.
Ask them to teach you something they are good at.
That's how I learned what I know about gardening, cooking, canning, sewing, and building.
You can't get time back, and that's the most important thing.
"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day."
2 Corinthians 4:15-16