I’d like you to meet…

I’d like you to meet all my nieces and nephews!  It was quite a task to get them all to sit still for more than three seconds, so the photos aren’t that great, but here goes:

  The Boys

Dad and the Boys 

Left to right: Joel, Andrew, Joshua, Jared, Aaron, Papa, Caleb, Alistair


The Girls

Grandma and the Girls

Brooke, Lilli, Maddie, Sarah, Whitney, Grandma, Belle


And on Rob’s side of the family:


Josh and MaddieLauren and Whit

Josh and Maddie                                                       Whitney with Lauren


We had such a great time with family this Thanksgiving.  I hope you feel as blessed as I do.

Thanksgiving Giveaway


This Give Away Is Now Closed

Congrats to Commenter #8 Ryan Devries

(chosen randomlyby a very scientific method via Isabelle Wegner)




The time has come once again for us to gather around tables of food piled to the ceiling with delightful goodness.  Rob and I have the privilege of celebrating with both sides of our families in one day—that’s right!  Two delicious, amazing Thanksgiving meals in one day. Rob’s sister’s house is much quieter.  The table is set elegantly, dining chairs match the tablecloth and gold silverware and plates.  Everything is beautiful.

Both families celebrate the same holiday in very different ways.  My mom and dad’s house is full from end to end-busting at the seams with 13 kids, 10 adults, and turkey and stuffing to our heart’s delight.

We try to pace ourselves through the first meal at my Mom and Dad’s house, but it’s pointless.  I have learned to throw caution to the wind and just enjoy.

We all know the point of Thanksgiving is not the food, but the spirit of gratitude.  It’s a time to sit back with tummies full of stuffing and mashed  potatoes with gravy and remember why we are thankful.  I thought I’d get an early start this year and do a give away because I am thankful for YOU!

Knowing someone is reading my blog really makes me happy and grateful.  It helps me to know that my thoughts and words mean something to someone.

For this giveaway, I am giving a $35 gift card to CSN stores.  Leave me a comment and tell me something you are thankful for this year.  Celebrate gratitude, and I hope you win!

Subscribing to this blog via Google reader or email, or whatever service you use will gain you TWO extra entries.  Just let me know you did!

Tweeting or Facebooking this contest will gain you ONE extra entry.

Giveaway will start Sunday, November 7and a winner will be randomly chosen on Monday morning November 15.