Thursday, December 23, 2010

Winter Picnics

Fall has gone by in a flash; although, it has been long. You know what I mean. Stress will do that. Time can be changed by the way we are living it. Halloween begins our Fall fun and we were surprised to find ourselves out collecting candy with girls in short sleeved shirts and decorating barefoot. Costumes were not covered with parkas and everyone had a wonderful time.

Thanksgiving brought different weather. There was ice on this morning.

The view from my baking kitchen shows it had cooled somewhat. 24 hours prior to the picture we had golf ball sized hail and a tornado warning. This is Missouri weather. She changes her mind and her weather at will.

Thanksgiving was different. We were not to be home for supper.

We whipped up pies and crispy crust treats.

Instead of my usual, tiny little stars, I cut out shooting stars.

We had a lot of wishing to do and needed plenty of opportunities to do so. I wish, I wish, I wish for Dad to walk, to move, to come home. I wished as hard as the stars were sweet.

I packed up a few games to encourage some fun and some brain power. With the baskets full, we headed for the hospital cafeteria.

We gathered. There were only a few of us, but more showed up to see Dad. He was upstairs. It all felt strange, but we tried hard to make it work for LibbyLu and Dan.

The food looked a bit different and so did the table settings, but the flavors were there, we were there and we were where we all wanted and needed to be.

Thanksgiving may have been a picnic this year and may have been away from home, but none of that mattered. It was as good as we could make it and it was best because we were together.

I am making a list this morning. This is a list for our Christmas Picnic.


  1. You all have a lot to be thankful for this this year and your Thanksgiving dinner looked very delicious, especially your pie. My Christmas prayer for you all will be more improvement with your dad and more of the love you all seem to already have. Merry Christmas.

  2. So nice to see everyone in the picnic photo. New, different memories you are making. I spotted that UNO deck! Claire's favorite game. She catches Grandma cheating every time.

    All the best,

  3. Merry Merry Christmas! May your stocking be filled with blessings!

    Hugs, Carrie

    Hope your dad is feeling better soon!