Saturday, November 25, 2006

Family




I am doing much better to day. For one thing I am a redhead again. That always helps. Okay, I’m not red like some of you guys. I never used to mess with my hair color. What God gave me was good enough. However, since God has now decided to change that color I assumed all bet are off. While He seems to prefer the gray and white shades, I’m going with the reddish brown. Eventually I will let Him have his way but I am just not quite ready.

I want to tell you a bit about our Thanksgiving and the family we celebrate with. Nick’s parents and brothers and sisters are fantastic. His mother is an unbelievable cook. He gave the Thanksgiving menu in his comment yesterday. I think the only thing he left out were the delicious backed apples. The strange thing is this is a typical Sunday lunch. His mom never knows how many will be there. All of her kids live here in town. Now before you state humming the theme to Deliverance, they are all college educated professionals. Usually she has somewhere between 12 to 24 for Sunday lunch. We always have 2 meats, 6-7 veggies, fruit in season, 2 types of bread (home made) and at least 2 deserts. Did I mention she also goes to Sunday school and church each week and we always eat before 1:00? When she is not cooking, she and my father-in-law work two gardens, she does tons of canning giving lots of it away to all of us. She also makes quilts. Nick and one brother were up last week where their dad joined them in cutting fire wood since the wood stove is their primary source of heat. But what really blows my mind is that this dear lady who probably doesn’t weight a hundred pounds is 82 years old and her wood chopping husband is 85. Maybe that is why Nick is so special; he does come from good stock!

Written by PK at 10:51 PM

9 comments

9 Comments:

At 8:21 AM, Blogger Eva said...

Elis~ You are one lucky lady to have a mom in law like that!! My mother in law was evil and NEVER invited us to dinner. She made it perfectly clear that we were all pretty much a pain so we stayed clear of her. She died young and unhappy. Small wonder. Anyhow, it warms my heart to know there are still good people in this world who value family and the time they share!!

Hugs~
EVa

 
At 10:05 AM, Blogger SuZQ said...

What a lovely tribute to Nick's family. His mother sounds wonderful, just like the Norman Rockwell image you posted. You are blessed to have in-laws you love and admire. I loved mine as well, although my mother-in-law didn't even know how to cook until I gave her lessons after I married her son.

I'm glad you had such a great Thanksgiving, PK. I hope things are going well with you and Nick.

:: big family-style hugs :: SuZQ

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Theresa said...

You are a lucky girl indeed, all this and spanking too!

I thought you would get a kick out this, I had one of those arguments in my head with Will last night. The sad part is I dreamed it. And you thought you had it bad!

I'm glad your Thanksgiving was such a wonderful one! And welcome to the redheads!

Hugs
Theresa

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger Paul said...

Elis, that is fabulous, what a lovely family, I'm almost envious.
Good genes there, no wonder Nick is so special.
Mel wanted me to dye my grey hair, but I thought it looked distinguished. *G*
Warm hugs,
Paul.

 
At 5:29 PM, Blogger Reesa Roberts said...

Very nice tribute, Elis! That's pretty dang special to be in your eighties and still be that active! But remember they are also blessed by all of you younger family members who care about them enough to still visit and enjoy the fruits of their labors... so many people don't bother to spend time with their aging parents, so you are all special, too!

Huggs,
Reesa

 
At 7:27 PM, Blogger Katie_Spades said...

Elis,

That was lovely! Thank you for sharing. i'm so happy you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

xoxo,
Kate

 
At 8:31 PM, Blogger New Beginnings said...

Eva,
I got the prize when I joined his family.

Suzq,
I wish I had a daughter-in-law to teach me!

Theresa,
Please they are bad enough when we are awake. That's awful!

Paul,
Men look fantastic with gray hair. This is not fair!

Ressa,
Thanks. My kids have really benefited from their older relatives. Both kids, but especially my daughter gained so much from helping me care for my mom before she died. Mollie, 10 at the time, would sit on the bed and talk to her and feed her ice cream. I too wish more kids really knew some older people.

Katie,
Thanks for stopping by. Seems like most of us out here had a good Thanksgiving.

Elis

 
At 12:34 AM, Blogger CIN-D-GIRL said...

Wow! Thanksgiving has always been my absolute favorite holiday, and I always have dinner at my house ... but it sounds like you get to have it once a week! You're a very lucky lady!
Hugs!
Cindy

 
At 3:59 PM, Blogger MaggieDear said...

Elis, You have a fantastic mother-in-law! How does she do it? She's making the rest of us look really incompetent! lol

You are really very lucky to have such great family! Enjoy them to the fullest extent.

~Hugs!

 

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