laughing right now because I just wrote a post about walking on waterâ€¦ and now I am swimmingâ€¦ well makes me laugh
last night was sensationalâ€¦ and Katherine said it correctlyâ€¦
There was so much â€œstormâ€ before the party got goinâ€™, but I tell ya, once we sat down to eatâ€¦pure bliss. Friends, family, foodâ€¦.turkey, talent, tearsâ€¦it was a family event like no other.
Tony and i began early in the dayâ€¦ with some baking (Beth) and guitar playing (Tony) â€¦ kids got up bit by bitâ€¦ we had warmed up some of the pioneer woman cinnamon rolls, and with the Macys parade onâ€¦ various baking happened.
Jenni was helping in the morning and then got terribly sickâ€¦ I was worried she would not be with us celebrating.
Tony had to go to work later in the dayâ€¦ something he usually doesn’t have to do.
The kids began packing up the car â€¦ I stayed at the house to finish up stuffing and gravy, Katherine prepared a present for Sarah and decorated Laurelâ€™s sugar cookies, Earl helped us pack up the 2nd tripâ€¦ and Melinda, Mary, my mom, Emily and Hannah set up the church.
When we arrived the room was awesomeâ€¦
and people were hard at workâ€¦
for appetizersâ€¦ our family salsa with Tostitos, Jenniâ€™s world famous egg curry dip with triscuits, potato chips, chili spiced nutsâ€¦
for dinnerâ€¦ Turkey expertly carved and sliced by Trevor, mashed potatoes, fried rice, roasted green beans, pan roasted carrots, fresh cranberry relish, fresh apple salad, creamed corn, homemade yeast rolls from Hannah and Laurel, sweet potatoes with marshmallows, a relish tray with pickled vegetables from my mom. Our friend, Tim brought spring rolls.
after dinnerâ€¦ on the tableâ€¦ mixed nuts in the shell, fruit, and dried fruit.
and then for dessertâ€¦ oreo mini cheesecakes from Laurel, melting moments, sweet cheese puffs, frangipane tartlets, Melindaâ€™s pumpkin pie from fresh pumpkin, raw apple cake, custard sauce, a splendiferous bowl of homemade whipped cream.
In the youth group room we had the wii and rock band set upâ€¦ (Tim and Eugene got it working there.)
We celebrated Sarahâ€™s birthdayâ€¦ with cupcakes Desley baked and decorated with icing I has madeâ€¦
and there was the talent showâ€¦ Tony introduced the show telling everyone , of course they were nervous, but you dont have to be greatâ€¦ it is about the sharing. Tim bravely began, borrowing Tonyâ€™s guitar and singing â€œBlackbird.â€ Melinda signed â€œI Will Rise.â€ Tim played piano while he and Eugene sang â€œHey, Jude.â€ Antonio recited a bible verse. Bethany and Trevor did stupid human tricksâ€¦ lol, actually quite good, Bethany throws food from across the room and Trevor catches it with his mouth. Sariah sang â€œJesus loves me.â€
Samuel volunteeredâ€¦ he is only four years old and he said he would do something. But when he got up thereâ€¦ he stood smiling. Tony told himâ€¦ that volunteering is a giftâ€¦ one we needed more of. I was thinking that Tony was rightâ€¦ Sammyâ€™s spirit is so giving, so ready to love, so ready to help.
Mary had wanted to burn one of her films to DVD to show, but there was so much other stuff going on that she had no time to do that. She also had sugegsted that resurrect an act I had forced upon them many years agoâ€¦ when guests came over, I used to make them do the â€œso long farewellâ€ song from The Sound of Musicâ€¦ but there was no time to practiceâ€¦. dinner for 40 takes some time.
Rose sang â€œIâ€™m Forgiven,â€ while Dana accompanied her on the piano. Carson had sat in the audience and at one point, sang loudly, â€œVeggie-tales, Veggie-tales;â€ we thought randomly. But noooooo. he got up with his mom, and Samuel jumped up next to himâ€¦
out came some blasts from the trumpetâ€¦ which was the beginning of the veggietales songâ€¦ Earl was impressed he could produce such strong sound.
Tony sang a song he wrote in the last few weeks, telling us God loves a new song , and that we all have songs we can writeâ€¦ lots of tears while he sangâ€¦ and then because i forgot the poem i had written, I asked Tony to â€œbe my talent.â€ He had put music to a poem i had written based on the book of Jude. And he sang a portion of that.
Jenni had brought a CD and then with the soundtrack of Grease she danced â€¦ brought the house down.
Katherine spoke, sharing our familyâ€™s gift (her words) for finding the brightness in trying timesâ€¦ and offered some thoughts on the people in the room. Yeah, lots of tears here.
I basically cried with everyoneâ€™s talentâ€¦ watching people share their gifts thrills meâ€¦
everyone helped clean upâ€¦ but Wil and Desley did so much workâ€¦ and Antonio vacuumedâ€¦ i love that family. I sent Nik home as he was trying to help because Master Chip was running a fever. I went too long without pain medication and it overtook me, so Leona and Sydney took me home.
40-some people ate most all of our 25 lb turkey so we came home and roasted another one we had marinating in mojoâ€¦
this morning, the kids cleaned the house, taking down the thanksgiving decorationsâ€¦ and another turkey for dinner.
right now i hear Earl upstairs playing the bass which one of the treats of him being home â€¦ i love the deep resonance of Earl and the bass.
they have plans to visit Dana and famâ€¦ tonight they will put up some Christmas decorationsâ€¦
Tony will publish many more photos â€¦ this was just a taste of a glorious time.
many unknowns loom in front of us, and saying good-bye will be difficult (Melinda and Earl leave tomorrow as Shachah has a gig [ I called it a playdate the other dayâ€¦ and Laurel corrected me] on Sunday: Mary and Katherine leave on Sunday.) But our hearts are full with love and many memories. God is sovereignâ€¦ and sovereign with perfection.