Happy Thanksgiving!

So Thanksgiving just passed and I wanted to take some time to document it. First of all because I don’t remember the last time we got a family picture of everyone in my family. Kids and all! Our family is complete, as in no more grandkids will be added so it was very special to have everyone in our family in one picture. IMG_0585_Fotor

I am so thankful for family! Other than my Jesus, family is the most important thing in life. Not material things, no other accomplishment comes even close to how important my family is to me. I am so grateful for them. Another reason I wanted to do this blog is because my parents plan to retire in Central America (FYI: both my parents were born in El Salvador) this coming year. So I am not sure if we will have another Thanksgiving together anytime soon? As much as we would like to think that we will all be together for every holiday, I don’t know how realistic that is? Especially since it is an American holiday. I love my parents and as excited as I am for them to retire, I am a little sad about the changes that are coming. They are so happy in Central America, that brings me so much joy. And the thought of my dad retiring makes me so happy for him. He is one of the most hardworking men I know. I pray that God blesses this next season of their lives.

We had Thanksgiving at my oldest sister’s house, I am the youngest of three girls. It was a humid and rainy Thanksgiving, but we had a great time together.

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This is a picture of my gorgeous niece and I. It truly captures how I feel about her. A picture can speak a thousand words can’t it? I love her like crazy!IMG_0599

My sister decorated her house so beautifully, my mom made the turkey, like every year, and let me tell ya, it is so delicious! My sisters made the Ham and side dishes. This year I asked my sister if I could bring the easy stuff, you know, the drinks, plates and dessert, haha. So I planned to just buy the desserts at my local Costco. Well, the morning of, I decided that I wanted to make something special for my family. I looked up a quick recipe for an apple pie, which I had never made before by the way. At 8 am, I had loaded my four babies in my SUV and headed to Walmart, yes girl! Walmart! Haha! I figured if we went super early we would be fine. I had a plan and everything! I had bribed the boys with Starbucks if they didn’t talk so much and let me think while shopping, hahahaha! If you have multiple kids, you know what I’m talking about! I got in and out quickly. Well, I get home, feed the baby and quickly start working on my pie. I knew I had an hour to get it in the oven before the baby needed to nap. Did I mention my hubby worked that morning? So, I’m busy away cooking and… everything that could go wrong did! I bought a cheap food processor since we moved and I cannot find mine. The dumb processor wouldn’t even turn on! So I couldn’t make the crust from scratch like I had planned. I literally almost cried from the disappointment. Good thing I had plan B so I had a boxed option. Everything took much longer than it said because the baby wanted me to hold her while cutting what felt like 10,000 apples. After making the pie, which I was so proud of, I put it in the oven and felt so accomplished!

 

I started to clean up and that’s when I realized I had forgotten the butter! :( Aaaahhhh! I quickly took it out of the oven, had to open it back up and add the butter. After I closed it back up it looked so ugly, haha! But I figured a delicious pie is better than a pretty pie that taste nasty. Like seriously I wanted to cry when I saw all my hard work look ugly. Oh well. Here’s the finished pie.IMG_0584

I know, it looks like half it’s face got paralyzed :( But at least it taste good! :) I did it with lots of love and I’m just glad my family enjoyed it. Hope you had a good laugh, now thinking back, it does make me laugh. :)

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Hope you stopped to realize how blessed you are. And I hope you threw your diet out the window and ate until your belly hurt! Isn’t that what Thanksgiving is all about ;)

God bless,  Linda

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” Psalm 107:1

 

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