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First we had Friendsgiving in Virginia.
Then we had Thanksgiving at our church.
Then we had Leftovers Thanksgiving with cousins.
And finally we had Fourth Thanksgiving with other family.
Having one of our nieces living near us has been a joy and blessing from the very beginning. She and I are able to get together for a visit several times a month. When she told me of the hoped for plans for Thanksgiving this year, I wasn’t sure she could pull it off, but of course she did.
Thanks to a massive remodel she served as general contractor for, their house is an ideal home for entertaining, and entertained we were.
As I’m thinking about last night, I’m realizing it’s possibly similar to the feeling Buds and I may have about hypothetical grandchildren one day. The joy we felt in playing and laughing with our nieces and nephew last night, and their spouses, and our great-nephews. That continuity of generations brings my heart joy of a new type.
These nieces and nephew were at just the right age for coming for visits in the summer when I was in college and for staying with Buds and me after we were married. Some pictures of those visits now decades ago:
And then last night. Next generation celebrating and ample reminders about how much cameras have improved.
Mom discovered the game “Watch Ya’ Mouth” with some of my cousins, and she sent it to our crew. We’ve had many hours of laughter, and took it along to play with the family last night.
Niece Alisha had an advantage as a dental hygienist, so she took it easy on the rest of us.
And shots of the rest of the night, not including the haircut.
Since we forgot to take a whole group shot, I’ll close out with a compilation video with lots of laughter.